Sunday, September 21, 2014

Our Blessed Beach Week with Family

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So it's been a little while since my last post where I said I was going to be taking a blog break in order to enjoy a family beach vacation.  Last week I spent no time on my blog.  Rather, I savored the time with my own children and husband, my parents, my brother and his family who live in Australia, my other brother and family who live in NY and my sister, her husband and baby who live in PA. So we all came together for the first time since my sister's wedding almost 2 years ago !

Since my sister's wedding, our family has added 3 new babies to our family: my own, my niece and my nephew.  I got to meet my Australian niece for the first time and my parents were able to be surrounded by all 8 of their grandchildren for the first time.  There were lots of first for the week! :)

Here are my proud and grateful parents :)

Here are a few pictures from our beautiful beach week filled with great weather, memories, family and fun...

Leah staring at my oldest brother and cousins meeting for the first time.

My niece (in the pink stripe pjs below) is my brother's little girl and she is 3 months older than my youngest.   My niece likes to form her mouth into an "O" shape.  It is adorable!  I was trying to get her to make the cute "O" face in the pictures below with me, but she wasn't cooperating :)    The picture on the far right is one of my older brothers with my husband, who is in the red "State" shirt.

Beach and pool time all at the same time...

Game time (Blokus, Jenga, family foosball, miniature golf to name a few) So fun!

Eating time!  One of the many meals we shared together during the week!

Arts and Crafts time...Each of the grandkids painted their handprints or footprints and made a design with them.  We compiled all the creations into a book for my parents to save as another memory of our week.  

It was great to go walking and running with my sister during the week.  My Dad enjoyed loving on all the grandbabies and the big grandkids. :)

More cousin love, though my 14 mo. old daughter got a bit tired of all the hugs and kisses from her cousin. :)

During the week, one of my Dad's friends photographed our families.  We all wore khaki and white.  I snapped this photo as we were heading to the beach for the photo shoot.  I'm hoping to be able to post the photo shoot pictures soon. 

My Dad's 70th birthday is this week, but since our entire family was all together we surprised him with a cake during our vacation.  

Here is the entire group of us and then a picture of my husband and "cupcakes" taken the last evening of our vacation.

It was such a blessed week that will be treasured always! It makes me sad that my siblings live so far away, especially my older brother in Australia, but it was so good to visit with our entire family!  

Have a blessed week! 

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Chris said...

Wow, great post. Thx for sharing!

It's SUCH a blessing that your family HS and can adjust your schedule to take a beach week! Wonderful....great shots.
So awesome to surprise Dad for his bday early! Good for you.

Now, good luck getting back into the routine today! xoxoxo

Patty said...

These pictures bring joyful years to my eyes!!! What a blessed time you all had! God bless your family and may your heart continue to swell from the warm memories!

Hi Chris!
Yes, it was great to be able to take the beach break away from books (although my 9th grader still had to watch her online classes and do some work, as you know).

It was hard to get back into the school routine for sure after a relaxing vacation!

Thanks Patty! I am still thinking about our fun week and loved hanging out with my siblings, a rare treat!

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