Jul 29, 2019

{Back To Reality}

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Our family beach vacation has ended but oh the memories will remain. Seven days of beach and family time surely flew by. But, as my husband said, "If we done this every day we would not appreciate it as much". Well, that may be true but I sure would love to give it a  TRY



Our family began our "family beach" trips when that little girl in the middle (hands on hips) was only two years old. She is eight years old now. We have grown in size since then and we have so many wonderful memories from years pass. Each year it is a joy to add to those sweet memories.


A sweet and dear friend gave me my little beach flag and needless to say our FAMILY domain was decorated the best! I even had my own little folding table on the beach. Might as well do things up right...RIGHT? The family is just lucky I didn't drag dishes to do a tablescape. LOL!


These girls of mine sure keep my life interesting. NEVER a DULL or QUIET moment! Don't know what I would do without them.


Needless to say, my man is in his happy place when all his girls are together.  My three daughters along with my three oldest grandgirls and I plan on taking a trip together in December and Marty has already said, "Not sure I like the idea of all my girls being gone at the same time".  Yep, and all these gals has him wrapped! 


I am so blessed that we can do life together and do it with our children and grandchildren.


This bunch of kiddos surely has our heart strings. My "favorite" grandson is surrounded by females, bless his heart. His papa knows exactly how he feels though.


We went out to eat several times and this particular place had the prettiest view.

 "Caps on the Water"

 Marty and I have ate there before and the food is so good but the scenery is beautiful. 

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I forgot to snap a picture of the Sunset Grill that we ate it so had to snitch one from the webWe took turns preparing meals as well as eating out and we sure had some good eating for the week.


My oldest granddaughter is very artistic so she drew us some cute things on the sand at the beach.


We done sand paintings one afternoon with the kids. They loved it.




Hair coloring and face masks was an afternoon delight.


Or maybe a fright! LOL!


We always go crab hunting at least one or two nights. The kids love it and we adults spend our time laughing at the kids screaming and racing to catch a crab. No worries...no crabs  injured and all were released.

This crew is showing off their puzzle one morning as they had stayed up late the night before putting it together. They actually put together two puzzles while we were there. I wish I had the patience but I don't. But isn't that puzzle just beautiful?


The kids enjoyed playing around on the grounds. The condo we stay at has outside games, tennis court, two pools, workout room, media center and more. There is always something to do. We had beautiful weather with the exception of maybe half a day. 


Though some of the kiddos had no problem whatsoever taking a nap on the beach.


That's the life isn't it?

This girl likes to read like her mama and her nana. I actually read two books while at the beach to finish up a series of three books by Terri Blackstock. If you like to read her books are a must!



We even spotted a mermaid at the beach....


And in the pool.


We enjoyed every moment. And, we have gone enough now that we know the tips of the trade of beach life. We looked like a convoy with all of our tents, beach chairs, coolers, swimming pool for the little ones and well, you name it and we had it.

We had tons of pictures but I choose just a few to share. Aren't you glad I ONLY choose a few? These last few pictures my daughter Melissa captured one morning early on the beach.  The Lord surely blessed us with a wonderful time with family. I am ready to go back! 

 


All God's greatness in His magnificent creation will leave you spellbound by His goodness.

I hope that you all have a wonderful week and if you see a mermaid anywhere remember:

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Hugs and blessings, Cindy

 

48 comments:

  1. Oh Cindy, there's just so much to comment on in this post!!
    You obviously had a wonderful time with your family.
    The mermaids are adorable, the beach pics all wonderful,and the jigsaw puzzles are the prettiest I've ever seen.
    Also wanted to say that it's easy to see where your oldest granddaughter got her talent! Those sand pictures are amazing.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words . Thos puzzles was so very pretty i must say . Just wish i had patience they had😊 my oldest grandgirl is so talented and girl , she did not get it after me . I have issues drawing s straight line 😂 speaking of mermaids ... last summer one of my little mermaids with her mermaid tail captured the attention of every little girl in the pool ! 😂 I’m missing our time together at the beach already .❤️

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  2. Oh Cindy, it looks like the very best of vacation. All those pretty people and smiling faces. I absolutely love it. The girls with you and then with your hubby. Then all the younger girls around the male cousin, so sweet. Love, love those mermaids. Sleeping babies at the beach, adorable. I would never want that to end either. You may have withdrawal. Blessings to all, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Susie , I’m so grateful for our time together at the beach as a family . It seems that i hear more and more of families that can’t stand the thoughts of being together so i try really hard not to take my time with my family. Yes those mermaids was the hit of the party 😂 i

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  3. Another fun family trip! Thanks for sharing these pretty pics--this is the closest I'll get to a beach this summer. HA!

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    1. Oh Margie , i wish you could tagged along with us . You would have loved it or either been overwhelmed by my crew ! 😂 we are loud but my bunch knows how to have a good time . We love hard but we eat good 😂

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  4. Ohhhhh how much fun you had!!! I am so jealous, smiles.

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  5. Oh Cindy, all I kept thinking was how incredibly blessed you and your family are! What wonderful memories you’ve created with all the fun things you you did. It’s so wonderful to see all those happy faces of the older ones right down to the littlest. I understand why you love the beach 🏖 so very much with all your loved ones surrounding you. Hugs and love are sent to you.

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    1. We are truly blessed. I had someone tell me yesterday that she had saw my posts on FB from one of my daughter's during our beach trip and she couldn't help but think, "Our family will never do things like that together". My friend, I try real hard NOT to take my blessings with my family for granite though I am sure I do at times. But oh do I love me some beach and we have such a great time.

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  6. Oh Cindy I just smiled all the way through your post this morning. Our lives mimic each other so much. We just got home from our family vacation at the pool and beach too. I feel so blessed to be able to do my family vacation each year with my girls and granddaughters too. Life is so sweet. I am so happy you enjoy your family so much. Just fun to see all them smiling and making such great memories. Have a great day today.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris. I know that you enjoyed every single moment with your family. This was my third trip to the beach for summer but our first family beach trip for summer since last summer. It seems that every summer just gets better and better.

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  7. Girl, you have really been livin' it up lately! Your time at the beach with all of the family had to be just so much fun...I can see why you continue to do this every year! Loved all of the great group photos...you have such a nice looking bunch of kiddos and grand kiddos...Marty and the others "boys" as well. That is some super artwork that your grand girl carved in the sand...pretty amazing! Now that I am super jealous after seeing all of your pics, I am ready for some beach time (we are actually hoping to get there early this fall as I am recouping from my surgery). Hugs & blessings!

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    1. I hope that you do get to go to the beach as you recover from surgery Debby. It's so relaxing and peaceful to me. Just looking our into that vast ocean can be surreal. One thing is for sure if you get to go in the Fall. It won't be crowded. A few years ago we went for an anniversary in Sept. and the weather was great, but Florida weather can still be quite warm in September. But, we had the beach almost all to ourselves for three days. It was nice.

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  8. Reading this comment warmed my heart ~ "I am so blessed that we can do life together and do it with our children and grandchildren." So very true.

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    1. Thank you. Doing life with those you love the most is the greatest blessing.

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  9. Well, that was just too much fun and what awesome memories were made. You have such a lovely family and so glad you get to have this special time with them. Hugs!

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  10. Hi! What a wonderful fun vacation! Your family is lovely and I am glad you can all enjoy time together. No better gift than that! Nancy

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    1. Thanks you Nancy. We sure did have a great time. Wish I was sitting in a beach chair with a good book on the beach right now. LOL!

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  11. Oh, what fun!! You all had an awesome time together at the beach! Love the sand painting, looked like fun to do and great for a reminder of a fun week! We had a great time with Andy, I’ll try to get some pics up this week. Hope you have a great, although more boring, week! 😉

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    1. This week surely hasn't been like last week for sure! LOL! Wishing I was back at the beach but so thankful our family can go together and enjoy one another. It's a true blessing. Hope to see pictures soon Zenda of your trip.

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  12. What a fabulous time you all had! You have one grandson and all those grandgirlies...wow! Feel free to share more photos...they’re great! Bet you could give folks detailed tips for a beach trip.

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    1. We surely did have a great time. I think I about have this packing for the beach thing down! LOL!

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  13. Cindy, how much fun you have with all of your family. Making those memories are priceless, and you all did a good job. Your grands are absolutely adorable as is their Nana. I am so glad you had a great time at the beach!

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    1. You are so sweet Pam. The kiddos sure had a fun time. The little ones walked 100 miles it seemed with their short little legs.

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  14. This is an absolutely beautiful post. I love every picture and the happy faces. The beach you chose is stunning. (where is it?) Thank you for sharing your trip with us - I sort of feel like I was there! Love the beach!

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    1. Thanks Barbara. We went to St. Augustine. My favorite place.

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  15. What a blessing to be able to spend this time together with your wonderful family! That is truly a time to be treasured. Your grandkids will always remember this for the rest of their lives. Thank you for sharing it with us. I am itching to get some beach time soon myself...

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    1. Pam, girl you are so busy with your move that you need to take some down time and go to the beach for the day. PEACEFUL! Hugs to you.

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  16. It was so nice being on vacation with you through your pictures. Precious memories for sure.
    I would have enjoyed doing some of that sand art!!

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    1. It was a fun time . I r member doing sand paintings with my granny . We would go the river to get river sand . She was very crafty .

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  17. I so look forward to seeing all you share about your amazing family memories! It is so refreshing to see such a loving family having such a wonderful time together. I love the pictures of the sun over the water. Thank you for sharing, sweet friend!

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  18. Thank you Cheryl . The beach is surely a beautiful masterpiece of God and add a sun rise to the scene and it makes the beach come alive .

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  19. Cindy,
    I truly love seeing all the photos you share of you and your family!! You are truly blessed!!! What memories everyone will have as time passes by!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comment!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  20. Hi Cindy! How you must have had such a wonderful time with your beautiful family! Look at your gorgeous girls and those adorable grandchildren! You look so happy! Thank you for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  21. Wow, such a fun post. Looks like fun was had by all. You are creating special memories with your littles as well. Beach time is always fun. Your family is so cute. Love the projects too. Happy weekend Cindy. xoxo

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  22. Wow Wee! What a vacation!
    The ending pictures are gorgeous!
    (I have a lot expletives but really...what a time!)

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  23. It's so nice to see you back with us!
    I thought about you last week just knowing you were having a fantastic time with your precious family.

    Look at those photos! Thank you for sharing and allowing us a glimpse into your family life.

    Beautiful art work and such a shame that it couldn't stay for others to appreciate.

    A lovely posting~

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    1. Thank you Debbie. I miss the beach already. But since we have been three times now I am ready to see some fall!

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  24. Andrea Shay CrawfordAugust 5, 2019 at 11:57 AM

    Loved all your pics Cindy! Thank you for giving me tips about staying there! We loved it too and will go back there.

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    1. Thank you and you are most welcome. Glad you enjoy it there. We love it.

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  25. What fun! Your time away at the beach sounds wonderful. Loved seeing your grandkids and all the fun they had together. My sweetheart and I spent a few days at the beach a couple of weeks ago and we never want to leave. We are blessed to be close enough to take a day trip often back there. I'm slow catching up again - as always. And, dear friend, I finally posted on my blog a couple of days ago after many months away. Another new post went up yesterday. I'll be back to visit you again.
    ~Adrienne~

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    1. So glad you got to go to the beach. Nothing like the sounds of the ocean.

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So glad you stopped by to visit.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy