Wednesday, June 23, 2010


The Beautiful Beach!

Our vacation at Seaside, Florida, was one of the most relaxing vacations I have ever had! The weather was beautiful! The water was green with slimy seaweed at times, but it was still the fabulous beach. I could sit in a chair on the water's edge with the waves lapping at my feet for days! I did just that for two whole days! The sound of the ocean, the feel of the warm sand, the smell of the salt water---it all adds up to relaxation for me. It also helped that I did not have a 2 year old or younger to chase around! Sam spent hours at the beach, happily digging in the sand or playing in the ocean. He is fearless!

Sam and Leah playing around while Jimmy took family pictures.

Clay--he looks more like Jimmy (to me) the older he gets.

Leah and Julie sitting on the porch of The Seaside Store, waiting while I purchased our matching Seaside shirts. We bought Seaside shirts on our trip here two years ago, but Leah and Sam have grown!

Leah, posing while giving Jimmy a tour of our wonderful beach house. Leah slept on the 3rd story. This is the view from the porch outside her room.

Olivia spent a good bit of her vacation time either reading or putting together a puzzle at the beach house.

Julie and Clay spent a good bit of time in the ocean. They played on their boogie boards and also in the float in the background of this picture. Everyone built sand castles.

I think the children called this a "drip castle".

Sam in the ocean

Sam in the sand

Julie and Clay on their boogie boards

Leah, buried in the sand!

I truly relaxed for three days. I read two complete books and started a third. I did wash loads and loads of clothes, but I did not cook a single meal! We stayed up late, and slept in as well. I had planned to run a couple of days, but I forgot to pack my running shoes! Jimmy did remember his, so he ran two or three times. We enjoyed fresh shrimp, tried frog legs (well, they did, I didn't!), and ate delicious brick oven pizza and some sort of fancy ice cream (can't remember the name of it).

I love the beach!


  1. Sounds like such fun! The older the kids get, the more relaxing your trips will be. Fun! Then, you and the girls will relax together like my mom and us do now! :)

  2. Your vacation looks amazing. I love the beach and the sound of the ocean waves. Reminds me of our Clayton family beach trips every year growing up. The picture of Leah in the sand is so cute.

  3. We often wind up riding bikes to Seaside from Santa rosa. (not rosemary, although that's beautiful too). Even if the content isn't all my favorite selections, don't you love SunDog books! So glad you got to enjoy such a beautiful place. Hope it was just every bit as relaxing as you described. Love the t's!

  4. We just got back from Rosemary Beach last night...right down the 30-A from Seaside...small world, huh? Don't you just love the beach!!?? I sure do!!

  5. The green water is very interesting! The beach is indeed a great place for relaxation. Too bad you forgot your trainers. Jogging on the sand is a must-do for me when I go to the beach. But did you know that running barefooted can be fun and healthy too? That's because the arch of the foot takes the majority of the impact as it is designed to do so. Have a great summer! :)

    Donna Parsley