Monday, July 16, 2007

Coming Soon to a Scrapbook Page Near You...
























I love those pictures and can't wait to put them into photo albums and onto scrapbook pages. The Beach, as it always is, was great fun and the girls had an absolute blast! We have some wonderful memories and on this very early part of Monday morning, I am SO tired!! But happy with all the fun memories we made!

You did notice that last picture, though, didn't you? Kind of a strange one to have in a collection of beach vacation photos? Well, that was our blown-out tire that we had on the way down to the beach. I didn't get a picture of the SECOND blown tire which we had on the way back from the beach! (We lost it in Montgomery and didn't have a spare, since we'd already used it when we had the first blow-out. The girls got a ride home with an uncle, and Gary and his dad stayed overnight until they could get up to get a tire. It took them until 3 on Sunday afternoon to get one and Gary didn't get home until late last night! Quite an adventure!!!)

A few other notes from the beach...

~ You noticed the softball pics I had sprinkled in there, I'm sure. So I guess you need a World Series update too? Well...we got eliminated on Friday about mid-day. We lost our second elimination game in overtime innings (the second of the week!). We had been behind 5-0 through five innings and could never get caught up. Then, in that last inning, we came from behind and tied it 5-5 (Delaney was the tying run!). But then a batter (one of our very best!) struck out with the winning score on 3rd base and we had to go to an overtime inning. The other team scored 5 and we only scored 2 when it was our time back at-bat. So, it was another tough inning and Delaney was NOT happy (she's VERY competitive...kinda like me! lol). But...we got to spend more than five hours at the beach that afternoon so she soon had it out of her mind! But we had a blast just being in the World Series and Delaney had a great series of games with a lot of great play!

~ The most popular beach activities this year seemed to be hermit crab hunting (one day, the girls found 48 of them and were just so excited about it!), snorkeling (you could snorkel out by the jetties and see the prettiest blue-and-yellow fish swimming around the rocks. McKenna especially loved that!), and sea shell hunting. Sydney called them "sea shelfs" and everytime she'd find one she'd say, "Can I keep it? Please?" (of course, we came home with a huge bucket full! lol) I also thought it was so cute when she was showing me ones with spots on them. "Look, Mommy... these are coca-dotted!"

~ The girls got along SO great while at the beach, and that was the most fun of it all! They reveled in staying in the camper (I was afraid they'd get cramped in there together, but I think they thought it was an adventure). Every night, Gary and I were regaled with what I called the McKenna, Delaney, & Scout Dinner Theatre. They'd perform the evening entertainment for us--in one play, Sydney was the fairy princess who turned them into frogs and horses; another night, they did the Booty Dance where they (no kidding!!!) spelled out letters with their bottoms and we had to guess what it spelled (I'm assuming they got this ability from their Pop!); they also performed Extreme Rock Paper Scissors; and in the funniest (most disturbing?) play of the week they performed as Britney Spears (that was Sydney!!), Nicole Ritchie, and Paris Hilton. All I can say is this--I have very creative children who keep us quite entertained!

~ I love Dippin' Dots, grilled shrimp, really buttery movie popcorn (we went to see Harry Potter while we were there), watermelon, and any bowl of seafood gumbo you can order up for me! I just wish I had a big plate of shrimp in front of me right now (I can eat seafood all week long...and longer!).

And now....well, it's back to the Real World! I'm afraid to check my email, because there will probably be hundreds of messages waiting for me (I think I'll wait until the morning to tackle that!); and I have two articles to work on this week! I also have to gather stuff up to register both McKenna and Delaney for school! And McKenna has Color Guard camp all this week! I also hope to finally get back to visiting your blogs; I will try and pop in today to most of them!

Hope you all had a wonderful last week and weekend!! It's good to be home (well...kinda...I sure am missing the salty sea air)!!!

32 comments:

Mama P said...

Everything looks like a blast - and the song was a perfect companion. The best shot had to be the watermelon one, though. Classic kid, classic summer. Be sure to show us a scrapbook page when you're done.

Susie Q said...

Just a wonderful vacation...the pictures are so great and are perfect for scrapping those delicious memories!
Cocoa Dot...too cute!

Your girls are a hoot...what sweet fun.

Nothing like a little sand between your toes to make you smile! And you look so pretty in your pictures!

Love to you all,
Sue

Renee said...

Your pictures are great; the water looks so clear and beautiful. It made me want to leave for the beach right away!

lialuvsblythes said...

Ooooo .. those pics look really good to scrap with! Anybody would be inspired to! :)

Bet'cha having loads of fun - am so jealous :)

Adrienne said...

Glad you guys had a wonderful time! GLAD YOU MADE IT BACK SAFELY!!!!!

Latharia said...

OH, just looks wonderful! Love the song addition, too ... perfect days indeed!!!

Gin said...

I adore all of your pictures. And your kids are too funny!

NancyJones said...

OMG HOW STINKING CUTEEEEEE ARE THESE PHOTOS I LOVE LOVE LOVE the one of all of them walking ont eh beach at sunset. AHH I MISS THE SUN. THis is sooo cute cannot wait to see yoru page!!!!

Cheryl Wray said...

Mama--I do love that watermelon pic. And I can't wait to do some s crapbook pages with them!! Just not sure when I'll have time to do them. Hopefully soon!!
Susie--My girls crack me up! And you're so sweet!!!
Renee--The beach was great!!
Lia--Can't wait to scrap them!!

Cheryl Wray said...

Adrienne--yep, after the tire problem we're just glad we made it home. LOL But it's all good!
Latharia--I love that song! One of my fave summer ones!
Gin--Thanks! And, yep, they keep us entertained!
Nancy--Thanks girl! I can't wait to get them on some pages!!

Michelle said...

what a fun time you all had at the beach! Sorry about the overtime elemination, but what an experience! Man I can't believe you had two blown tires! Glad no one was hurt!

patti_cake said...

Wonderful pics! I think the watermelon pic is my favorite. I don't know though they are all so good. You have a beautiful family!

Mandy said...

The pictures are great..I especially like the second one. I'm glad y'all had fun...except for the TWO blown tires, of course!!

marg said...

Loved getting your updates all week. So glad you had a good time and that you made it back home safely.

Heather said...

The pictures are great i can't wait to see the pages you create. The beach looked so beautiful!!

P.S. Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog!

Kingcover said...

I've never seen a blow out tyre in that kind of mess before. You must have been driving over razor blades!
How long did it take you, I mean Gary, I mean you to change it??? :P

LZ Blogger said...

Not only does this look like a GREAT Time, but the Music (you attached) says it all. Memories are made of this! Thx for sharing! ~ jb///

eef said...

Love your pictures, looks like you've had a great time!!! That water melon looks delicious and that tire looks terrible!!!!! :-) Eef

Dawn Bibbs said...

What wonderful picture, Cheryl! The girls looked like they were having a great time and probably could've stayed a little longer :-).

Sorry about the World Series...but I'm sure it was an honor just to be able to play in it and hang on as long as you did. Good job, Delaney!

Can't wait to see those LO's!!

JennaG said...

I'm so glad you had a great time at the beach--and so sorry about your tires. We had that happen once--it was kind of scary. Have fun scrappin' with all those great pictures.

crazy working mom said...

Great photo update! How ironic to have TWO flat tires. I LOVE dippin' dots too. :)
48 hermit crabs...that's gotta be some kind of world record?!

Glad you're home and had a great time.

Jen said...

thanks for visiting my blog
wonderful photos
pleased you had a great time

sohpiasmom said...

Woah! Tons of cute pics, can't wait see what you do with these! :)

Danielle said...

Great pictures Cheryl!!! I'm anxious to see the great layouts you'll do with them :)

Have a great week!!!

Wendy G said...

Welcome home Cheryl. So glad you guys had fun. We are heading to the beach in October. I can;t wait!!! The way you descibe everything makes me ache to be there. Love the pics. Have fun scrapping those babies in a book. Isn't the Gulf Coast the best??

melissa said...

love all the beach photos!-looks like a blast

and I am so with you, I could eat shrimp/seafood all day everyday too ;)

ugh about 2 blow out tires, but it seems like it didn't take the fun out of your summertime fun

Adriann said...

Looks like a fabulous trip to the beach! Love all the pics!!!! Sorry to hear about the 2 blowouts. Figure that one out...

I can't wait to see how you scrap those beach pics. They are really great!

Enjoy the week!

vanessa said...

the beach looks so inviting
we have made it to the beach this year
you have very pretty girls
v

Linda said...

seriously love the photos... beautiful. Glad you had such a great time.

Dettao said...

I love the soft ball pictures. Made me nostalgic for when my girls were young and our springs were spend at ball fields.

Loreluca said...

Awesome pictures, Cheryl! But that's pretty back luck you blew two tires on the same trip!
Sorry to hear about the elimination! No wonder why your little one wasn't happy! After such a game, coming back like that, it must've been disspointing!

angel said...

MARVELOUS pictures cheryl- i can't wait to see the pages these result in!