Jul 31, 2017

{The Tans may fade but the Memories will last Forever}


Our family had a wonderful time together on our beach vacation. There is just something about those ocean waves and salt air that I love!


The good thing is we only had to drive about and hour and a half to our destination so it made you feel like you were on vacation but yet close enough to go back home if you needed too. 


And...late in the afternoons we spent our time by the pool which made it nice. 


We even had our very own live mermaid! The cutest thing was that our granddaughter Mallory would swim around with that mermaid tale on in the pool and there was one little girl that said to her brother with her eyes so big, "Look, there's a real mermaid"She had all the little girls attention.

We enjoyed our grands so much and I can assure you that little thing probably walked 100 miles on that beach.




Beach hair and we didn't care!

Nothing like family....

This girl decided to rest and matter of fact, she took several naps on the beach. 



She wasn't the only one that napped.

Soninlove got in a few zzzzz's.
Our sand castles became a family affair. 





Several of us got a little reading in. My daughter Kristy read a book. My granddaughter Mallory read a book and I managed to read two books. Nothing like reading a good book on the beach.


Had fun coloring each other's hair.



 We went crab hunting a couple of nights and that is the most fun ever! Listening to the kids and "grownups" squeal is a hoot!


Speaking of crabs, we headed out one morning only to see this CRAB sitting next to the door. YES, he was alive too! 


We had some good eating too. We took turns cooking our evening meals but we also went out to eat several times.



Great places to eat with beautiful scenery and atmosphere.




We even went out for ice cream...which just happened to be across the road from he condos.



This gal loves her some beach. She loves to boogie board and I think she wants to take up surfing.


That is when she's not doing a Coke commercial! LOL!

 
It was sure nice to go to bed when you wanted too and to get up when you wanted too and NO hair fixing and NO makeup! That was vacation for me! 


Well, except when we went out to eat....


This little cutie was ready to go anytime and anywhere.


Yep, lots of memories made in the sand.


 One morning while having my coffee I couldn't help but think about the families that never do anything together unless it's a holiday or an absolute Have-too! I thought about several families that I know that can't stand being in the same room with one another.  I told the Lord that very morning to not EVER let me take my family for granite. We are so very blessed.


Oh, I almost forgot to tell you....

I spotted Santa and his head elf on the beach. 


 I guess even Santa needs a little beach time.

 Hugs and blessings, 
Cindy





50 comments:

  1. Oh what fun that must have been...I have been enjoying your pics on facebook as well! I love the beach and we get to go about once a year although it could be more often since it is only about a 2 1/2 drive. There is just something about that salt air and the vastness of the open sea...I feel closer to God there than anywhere. I have never seen a blue crab before and that guy is REALLY a beautiful blue! Like you, I cannot relate to not getting along with your family...I think that is a most unfortunate thing if that is the situation with anyone. Thanks for sharing your vaca with us! Hugs!

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    1. thanks Debby . We had fun. Yes they crab was s beautiful blue crab . How vsn one look at the ocean and not believe in God? Glad we can keep up on Facebook too 😊

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  2. Cindy, I have enjoyed your beach vacation pictures. Wow, looks like you all did indeed have a great time. Our family loves the beach too. My sister would live on the beach if she could. I wish I had that ice cream. LOL!
    Connie Royals

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    1. Thanks Connie . We had such a wonderful time . And yes , girl that ice cream was some kind of good . 😂

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  3. Looks like so much fun, Cindy!! I've said this before and I'll say it again - there are gorgeous women in your family starting with you!

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  4. Oh, I can't imagine families not enjoying time together. Such a tragedy! Looks like such a good time was had by everyone and a boatload of memories made. Have a great week!

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  5. Wow! Another great summer vacation!
    Family
    Good
    Fun
    Sand
    The best ingredients for memories!

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  6. {{{giggling}}}Santa is just resting up so he can deliver those all important packages in a few months, lol. I envy you have such a lovely family, Cindy...smiles

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    1. Thanks Linda . I can't believe Christmas is just a few months away . Where does the time go ?

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  7. What fun! It sounds like the perfect vacation. My sweetheart and I are leaving tomorrow for a few days away at the beach. And I've started sharing our 'big' Spring trip on my blog. It's always fun to look back and realize how blessed we've been to have time away, time together with dear ones and time to enjoy God's creation.
    ~Adrienne~

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    1. So glad you are enjoying your sweetheart. You have the most fun trips . ❤️

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  8. I knew you and the family would have a good time and the photos would entertain, but you outdid yourself, girl. I love your creativity and heart, too. Yes, we who are close with our kids are blessed and like you, I thank God for it. I bet you all are refreshed. My favorite times away are the simple ones with the people I love. I wish your girls had blogs so I could hear how much they enjoy time with mamma too from their point of view! Hugs, Cindy.

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    1. Thanks Mary . We truly did have a great time . Nothing like your children and grands .

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  9. What a fabulous vacation full of wonderful memories! You are blessed! I feel like I was right along with you (wish I was!). All of it looked blissful! Loved the little mermaid and all of your grands are just darling. You and your daughters always look beautiful, beach hair or going out to dinner! Looks like it was such a special week for you all!

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    1. Thanks Heather Lou. We had a great time. Now back to reality!

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  10. Looks like all of you had a great time...and what an awesome tan you got!

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    1. We did Deb. Just what we all needed especially Marty. Those long work days had just about got to him. Girl, I am not a sun bather by any means. I am one of those that gets a little sun, then back in the shade. I am well known for having a spray bottle full of water with me too! LOL! I tan easy but I have to take it in bits and pieces so that's why I start in April trying to MAKE myself get a little sun and I try to do it the safe way! Back in my younger days I was dumb and stupid and would sit out there all day. Can't take it no more! Too fat and too old.

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  11. I loved seeing your family's fun in the sun, Cindy! All those smiling faces sure put a happy smile on my own face. Yes, please don't ever take all those blessings for granted. Love and hugs to you!

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    1. Thank you Kitty . You know my heart sweet friend for you ❤️

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  12. Cindy, what a fun post! I love that you vacation with your children and grands! What memories you are making! Everyone looked like they were having a blast! Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed it!

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  13. I LOvED every. single. picture and all of the stories that went with them! What fun you and your family have together. It always warms my heart to read here. I loved it that your mermaid granddaughter had all of the little girls around the pool awed! That is so cute. And I have to tell you that your youngest granddaughter is SO STINKIN' CUTE! My goodness, when that girlie smiles her whole face lights up! I'm so glad that you guys had such a wonderful vacation together. xx I'm glad you are home now though. :)

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    1. Dianna, we did have a great time and made lots of memories . I just looked back at 4 years ago at some of beach pictures and couldn't believe how my grands have grown up . Yes , that baby has the sweetest smile .

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  14. Gorgeous captures, Cindy! So lovely to have and share these memories! It looks like everyone had a wonderful time!

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  15. It was fun looking at all your beach photos. Your family is beautiful.

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  16. Looks like you all had a grand time at the beach! I love seeing the pictures and hearing your story! Thanks for sharing with us!
    Thanks for your compliment on our bedroom/bath re-do. I like what your MIL said about projects, I agree!

    Katherine

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    1. Thanks Katherine . I love the colors you choose .❤️

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  17. Oh, sweet friend! It was SO nice to see these wonderful pictures! Yes, you are surely abundantly blessed to have such a loving family who enjoy getting together and spending these precious moments! That baby girl is just a doll! All of you are just beautiful and look so happy together. God is so good. I am SO thankful He blessed you with a wonderful time away, and those memories will stick for a lifetime. You are right, there is nothing like breathing that salt air and listening to those amazing waves crash against the shore. God bless all of you with many, many more such gatherings!! :)

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    1. Thanks Cheryl . Blessed we are . May I never take for granite the love of family .

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  18. Wow, looks like a fun, fabulous time with the family! The ocean is my "go to" place for relaxation and rejuvenation. Your family is just beautiful! Lovely memories made....
    Linda

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    1. I love the beach Linda. I love the mountains in the winter months but the beach is my lay back and breath that salt air in and enjoy God's creation. I wish I could go more than I do, especially with living close enough that I could. Thanks for stopping by.

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  19. Your family is just gorgeous and each photo captured the joy of it all! Abundant blessings!
    The beach and mountains are my favorite spots, they touch my soul.
    Hugs,
    Jemma

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    1. Thanks Jemma. Yes, mountains and beach for sure! Only God could create such beauty.

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  20. From what I am seeing in these pics you had a most wonderful time. I love the sand and the salt water breezes from the ocean. Seems to restart the soul!

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    1. It was a great time. I am missing it now!

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  21. Summer time when the weather it's easyyy... and the fun is great!
    Nothing like having fun with the family at the beach and like the song says, it is easy living in every sense and how the little ones love it!
    Enjoy easy Summer weather all you can with your beautiful family.
    FABBY

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  22. What a precious gift of family you have, and how blessed you are to know it and be thankful for it too! What a precious wonderful time your family had together, just loved all the pictures of you and your beautiful family! We had some wonderful family vacations to the beach with our kids as they were growing up, and you are right, the tans do fade, but the memories don't! So happy that you had such a blessed and wonderful time!! Hugs :)

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    1. Thank you sweet lady . We are both very blessed aren't we?

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  23. Hi Cindy, I loved reading about your family beach vacation. You captured some great pics of your fun and the kids. What a relaxing time you had. The perfect getaway. Yes there is so much to be thankful for having and being close to your family. True blessings.
    Have a wonderful week. xo

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  24. Cindy I always love seeing you having fun with your family and am so happy to see that you are such a close knit family. It truly is such a blessing. There are so many out there that do not get along and it is hard for them to communicate. The Lord has blessed you in many ways. And of course the little cutie is at the top of the list.

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  25. Thanks Mary. We are very blessed and I never want to take it for granite.

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  26. Great photos and family fun, Cindy! Did you cook the crab? I would have!....Christine

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    1. Christine, I have no clue where that blue crab came from. He was just wondering around.

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Hugs and blessings, Cindy