Saturday, July 23, 2011

Beach Bums

We loaded up the curly girlies and little nephew and headed to Gulf Shores, AL for a week at the beach. We had such a wonderful and relaxing time! We spent the week with my parents, sister, nephew, and brother-in-law in a great little beach house just a short jump from the beach.

We are so thankful for the Lord's grace towards Doug! The week before our trip, his leg was not doing well so he used crutches all week and we spent a tremendous amount of time praying for healing. On his weekly visit to the prosthetist, he got a new water leg which is designed to aid in walking in the sand and swimming in water. Doug wasn't really sure how it was going to work, but he was hopeful. So, on our first morning we headed to the beach and his water leg worked great! The leg enabled him to walk on the sandy beach and swim in the ocean waves all week long!

We spent most of our mornings playing at the beach.

Oldest girlie really enjoyed riding the boogie board - she was so brave! 

Youngest girlie had fun playing in the sand and building sand castles!

We all found lots of pretty seashells.

Someone sure was loving the water!

Both girlies loved searching and digging for sand crabs with their Daddy. We ended up going home with two little hermit crabs as pets. Unfortunately, we've already lost one, but Sally is still (barely) hanging on.

My favorite part was our time spent together at the beach! The waves were so much fun and the water was so pretty. I loved watching the girlies giggle as they dug in the sand and I even got in a great read, "The Help".

Over the course of our week, we spent an afternoon at the water park, did a little outlet mall shopping, saw Cars 2, played a round of putt-putt (which was hilarious with three kids under four), put together puzzles, had breakfast with some princesses and pirates, played cards, and ate yummy seafood.

We spent most of our evenings swimming in the pool behind our the house. We had a blast!

I'm already thinking about next year!