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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ocean Wonders

We are having a blast this week, despite the chaos and general craziness. The Tongginator once visited the ocean as a toddler, but of course she doesn't remember anything about that trip. Even though my two nephews are ten and eight years old, only Snickers visited an ocean - any ocean - before this trip. It's the very first time 100Grand, M&M and BabyRuth viewed the Atlantic, so their excitement hit a fever pitch during our arrival on Saturday evening.

Obviously the Husband and I love the Tongginator more than my sister KitKat and her husband BigLeagueChew (BLC) love their four children. I mean, loving parents definitely take their children to the beach.

Or maybe it has more to do with the fact that we live less than three hours from the Atlantic, while KitKat and her family lived in the Midwest until just recently. I suppose I'm willing to concede that a land-locked location might pose a bit of a problem.

But only because I'm generous like that.

Anyways, here are some of our favorite blog-allowable photographs from this week. I hope y'all enjoy them.

The Tongginator sees the ocean for the first time
in HER memory, although she once visited the
Atlantic as a toddler with the Fish family of five.

100Grand puts his feet in the ocean for The
Absolute Very First Time.

M&M proves that her parents, grandparents, uncle and
aunt (that's me, y'all) aren't too bright, since we all thought
it was a Great Idea, on the night of arrival, to stop by the
ocean "just for a quick look, but we aren't going in the water."
You can see how well that idea worked.

Snickers and 100Grand figure out this whole "body
surfing" thing that they watched the teens do.

The Tongginator assisted her cousins in building a sand castle
extravaganza. It only survived for a few minutes, however, because...

M&M is just two years old. Enough said.

This caused a Bit of a Commotion, until the three older ones
reread the back of Snickers' t-shirt. They took that message to
heart and moved on to Other Things Of Great Importance.

Like boogie boarding...

And digging holes rather than building towers,
since M&M can't really destroy those easily.

Y'all enjoy your week now.


Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Looks like a lot of fun at the beach!!!

OMG..my husband has the same shirt as Snickers...it is his favorite T-shirt...he bought it on our honeymoon and everytime he wears we are sure to get a comment or two!

Enjoy your trip!


Jamie said...

Great photos. Looks like everyone is having a lot of fun (it's the beach--who wouldn't?) My son would offer sympathy over the demolition of the sandcastle if he could; his sister, not yet two, is an infamous Destroyer of Stuff, and the results are often nothing short of tragic.

Enjoy the vacation! :)

Rochelle said...

Oh how fun!! I am already ready to go back to the beach! I love it! We went everyday of our vacation except for the one day we did Disney. Great pics!!

Briana's Mom said...

Looks like you all had a fantastic time!

Janet said...

Looks lovely. Next time you're taking me. I want that t-shirt. Too funny.

prechrswife said...

Looks like you are having a lot of fun. Our 2 year old is the sand castle builder (with help from her daddy), and her baby sister is the wrecking crew.

Chris and Deb said...

there is nothing like a trip to the ocean! Looks like you all sure enjoyed the beach!

Dawn said...

Looks like a very fun time.

Georgia Peach said...

Looks like everyone is having a great time. :)
Love the beach!!! Enjoy!

Muthering Heights said...

That looks like so much fun!

Amy said...

LOVE the t-shirt. I so need that for both DH and Ava.

Thanks for the Abigail Washburn recommendation. I'll definitely pick that up. I recently bought a Bluegrass lullaby CD - stupid move since the kid wants to stay awake to listen to the music. Needless to say that one is no longer in rotation at bedtime.

Inzaburbs said...

Beach, family... what more could you ask?
Great to see everyone is having so much fun.