Sep 27, 2012

Obeying God

At school Stella's class was asked to draw a picture of themselves obeying God.  I am not really sure how this relates to obedience, but she chose to draw a picture of herself and Daddy on the beach.  The water is blue, a wave is coming, and Damon is helping her jump over it...
 In real life her picture looked like this...
Isn't it sweet to see it through her eyes?

Sep 26, 2012

Poolside

To finish off our beach chronicle, here are some pictures of us playing in the pool...
Watts and I were just spectators...


I thought the floaties would be helpful but Daddy and Cille were not fans...
Stella's future is so bright, she's gotta wear shades...
The monkey head on this inflatable ring was situated poorly, but the kids still had fun playing with it...

We had a great time at the beach and can't wait to go back!  Special thanks to Madison and Sarah for helping make our trip so wonderful!

Sep 25, 2012

Attempting a Family Picture

Another thing I like to do when we visit the beach is try taking a family picture.  My sister makes fun of me for the cliche white shirt beach pics, but I do not care.  I like to remember how my sweet babies looked on the beach.  This time I took along the outfits that I got for the kids for Watts's trip home from the hospital.  The girls did not actually get to wear theirs yet, since they were at school when their brother came home.  Here were our best efforts...
I did not dry my hair the night before due to exhaustion and time constraints, so it looked terrible in the pictures.  Oh, well...
The sun was also an enemy...see Stella's scrunchy face?
We did manage to get these great shots of the kids together...
I love these pictures so much that it is difficult for me to choose the best one so I am just blogging them ALL!
You're welcome...


I will not reveal the indignities that Damon and I had to perform in order to get such vivacious smiles from the girls...


After the kid shots it was time to try the family pose again, this time with the sun not in our eyes...
We didn't have much success from this direction either...


On the way back to the room, Cille pretended to be a cat.  This happened with one or both girls every. single. time. we. went. back. to. the. room...
When we got back we took a picture with our great photographer, Madison!  She is a girl of many talents.  She even matched!  This was also just days before Cille decided to give up her noonie.  This picture makes me nostalgic for my little pacifier sucker...

Sep 24, 2012

Our Trip to the Beach

Brace yourself for tons of pictures.  Damon and I felt bad that the girls did not get to take a vacation this summer, so we decided to whisk them away for a quick beach getaway the weekend after Labor Day.  Since Aunt Sarah is currently working for Marriott, she was able to hook us up with a sweet family discount.  Thanks, Aunt Sarah!  Here was the view from our balcony...
Watts was really worn out by his first trip to the beach...
He turned one month old on the trip.  Not a bad way to celebrate, huh?
I love baby toes.  Here are my little boy's...
Stella was pretending to be a blowfish.  I have no idea where she got this...
Did I mention that we took the best babysitter ever with us?  Madison was truly worth her weight in GOLD on this trip!  She was wonderful with the girls and super-helpful.  You never had to ask her to do anything.  She always anticipated what you needed and jumped right in.  She really helped dial down the stress for Mommy on this trip...

More baby toes...
Stella had such a great time swimming with Daddy...
See...
what...
I...
mean?
Cille is at the stage where she likes to get into the pool and out of the pool...
She did some lounging...

She thinks that she can swim, and never notices that we're holding her up...



Action shots...

Madison knew I wanted to take a picture of Cille jumping so she took her to the other side of the pool so I could get a picture of Cille's face.  HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!  I am attributing all of Madison's perfection to the fact that she had a wonderful 7th grade English teacher, of course...

Beach time!
Stella had tons of fun letting Daddy throw her over the waves...


This kid is a beach baby if there ever was one...


Look!  A beached whale!  Just kidding; it's actually just me and Watts getting in a little beach time...
Stella opted for "sassy pose" in this one...

Cille enjoys the sand more than the water...


More beach fun to come!