4th of July Morning

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On our first morning in St Augustine we planned on hitting up the beach πŸ™‚ Kye and Zach went to get our breakfast (they have a little restaurant attached to the hotel that gives two free breakfasts for anyone staying in the hotel…score!) and Britt and I got things ready for the day. I was in and out of the fridge packing up lunch stuff and Britt snatched this bacon and kept running around with it. I let her keep it b/c I knew it would make Zach laugh when he came back, and it totally did πŸ™‚

After breakfast we loaded up and headed to our favorite spot for the beach. I was very, very excited for our family beach time. Both kids are old enough to PLAY and ENJOY it! No dealing with breastmilk, no worries about babies eating sand, just relaxing and enjoying watching them play! 

I know a lot of people are “in the action” types who enjoy DOING. I’m not. I’ve always been more of an observer. I have fun by being able to see those I love have fun. As a mom one of my strengths is planning fun events for my kids to enjoy. I then sit back and savor their smiles! I’m the same way with the beach. Zach, thankfully, is a “doer” and enjoys playing in the sand, running around, and jumping waves. I enjoy watching it all go down and taking lots of pictures of it all! When I take pictures my goal isn’t for them to look professional or to even be frame worthy. I just like to capture the memories with my children and love being able to look at the pics and smile at our fun times together!

All of that being said….here is over 100 pictures from our two hours at the beach haha!

For the first time, Kye decided to boogie board! He LOVED it and Britt totally wanted to get in on the action too πŸ™‚ Zach got a GREAT work out carrying around our kids on top of the boogie board πŸ™‚ Here’s a few videos of the fun: Zach carrying Kye out and waiting for a wave, Kye catching waves, and Britt catching waves!

The entire time we were out there I kept thinking back to last year and how Britt just was as content as could be sitting in my lap the entire time. I said back then that I’d found my beach buddy…well I was wrong. This child goes and goes and goes and LOVES adventure! She did the boogie board, she wanted Zach to carry her far far out into the ocean, she jumped over waves at the shore, she raced back and forth along the beach, she dug in the sand, she played with cars, she did it ALL and never, ever slowed down and never, ever stopped smiling. In fact, I think she’s more of an adventurous spirit than Kye even is! Maybe baby #3 someday will chill with me? πŸ™‚

Zach was on a mission to build a super big sand castle and Britt was happy to help! She kept getting more and more sand to fill the buckets with and Kye took his dump truck to pick up loads of sand too!

Zach took a break from the building haha

Zach doesn’t freak out about much as a parent. His two biggest “freak out” inducers? Choking and sand in the mouth. He was HILARIOUS whenever she ate a little sand. He got all worked up about it and raced to get her some water. I figure God made dirt and dirt don’t hurt, right? πŸ™‚

Stealing my seat for the 2 seconds she actually sat down πŸ™‚

She was in her own little WORLD. Such a funny girl!

Kye really enjoyed the boogie board and also loved playing in the sand. His favorite thing was also probably chasing the waves with Britt. They ran back and forth over and over again. We’d run and scream when the waves came close and run away then turn around and run right back! 

Muscles!

Majority of the time I have the camera but I do like to play with the kids a bit too. It may not be my favorite thing in the world, but I want them to have fun memories with Mommy interacting with them and not just always being with Daddy! I took over as the “fun parent” for a bit while Zach rested and decided to take over the picture taking. Now you see why I’m not IN many pictures…the hubby doesn’t take very flattering ones of me haha!!! You should have seen the ones I deleted…like zoomed SUPER far in on my body…typical man!

He also takes RANDOM pictures of complete strangers!

Zach’s favorite camera feature…

I love the bond that Kye and Britt share and it was SUCH a joy to get to see them play together this year at the beach. Last year Britt was just a tiny baby!!! Now she’s running around with her big brother, copying everything he does. He loves the attention from her and loves to be “the boss” with her too. They were PRECIOUS together and I pray they always stay such good friends!

Lunch time!!!

“Who loves lunch at the beach?” MEEEEE

Crazy faces πŸ˜‰

After lunch we packed it up to head back to the room and swim for a bit and unwind before naps. We had SUCH a wonderful morning! Whenever we visit St Augustine Zach and I both get super mega crunk about our dream of owning a beach house someday. It def keeps us focused on our financial goals and to snowball the Dave Ramsey plan so we can reach that beach house goal. I would love to be able to escape for a quick beach trip whenever we wanted!!! 

journeyofphood

Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

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2 Comments

  1. Danielle Woods
    September 11, 2013 / 5:49 pm

    I know you are so hard on yourself (me too!) but you look awesome! You should be rocking a two piece! Maybe when my little man is born I'd love to meet you for girl time one year in St Aug! I'm in Jax so not too far away πŸ™‚

  2. Spencer Craig
    September 11, 2013 / 11:48 pm

    Great photographs. Did you study photography at any point? All of you look very happy. That's so awesome to see.

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4th of July ~ Morning

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The morning of July 4th we got our free breakfast (at this point in the trip Kye actually asked for the fresh fruit they had…I think he was missing his constant fruit eating from home!). Then Kye wanted to go fishing some more so the boys headed out to the docks. I decided to take Britt out there as well as she was pretty fussy and being outside ALWAYS cheers her up. I’m so glad I did because while we were out there we got to see a HUGE family of manatees!!! It was AWESOME!!!

 Kye kept saying “they don’t have eyes!” 

Zach and I couldn’t remember if they do have eyes or not…haha

We looked up a pic of manatees on our phone to show Kye what they legit look like…and yes, they do have eyes πŸ˜‰

I took Brittlynn back to the room for nap and Zach and Kye stayed out to catch some fish! They had a nice time together. Once they were done they went to our beach spot to set up then went to swim at the pool while we let Brittlynn nap πŸ™‚

 Ready for THE BEACH!

Zach knew I was pretty upset about Kye’s sleep issues and I had a LOT of guilt over it (while looking at dream beach houses I also spent a LOT of time looking up good places for us to stay next year…). He was SO sweet all day! He really helped the trip end on a GREAT note. I had them stop for the picture above and then Zach offered to take a picture of Brittlynn and I together. It’s the little things but that was such a loving gesture πŸ™‚

 It was about 11:00 on the 4th of July…THIS is how crowded the beach was…

 And this is how far away we were from it. Our secret spot ROCKS!!!

 Lunch time πŸ™‚

 Kye was a tad whiny…lack of sleep catching up on him! He kept getting sand in his eyes

 So he would race down to the water to wash it out again!

One of my FAVORITE “Britt” things is the little beads of sweat she gets across the bridge of her nose. She got it even when she was a little newborn. It’s so precious to me! Random, I know!

Two pretty significant things happened with Brittlynn while on this trip!!!

1) She said MAMA for the first time!!! When we arrived at our hotel and were busy unpacking she said it!!! I was pretty pumped!

2) She also reached out for me with a purpose for the first time. It was our first day at the beach and she did not like it and she reached for me and clung to me and wanted me to hold her. It was sweet πŸ™‚ 

On this beach day I just let her chill with me and we watched the boys play for awhile! Again, I LOVE having a chill partner πŸ˜‰

 She was happy to hang out!

 Kye wanted to just chill some too

Even though Brittlynn wasn’t a huge fan of the ocean, I refuse to just let her not try it. She needs to be made to try things and experience things. It’s through that exposure that she’ll learn to like stuff right? This time I took her down to the water to play with her πŸ™‚

 Still not much of a fan…

 She’s SO expressive haha

 Daddy’s turn!

 Once he took her WAY out she did a lot better

 at least for the most part πŸ˜‰

 Kye enjoyed watching and grubbing out

I don’t know about where you live but this year has been BAD for our area with bugs. I think because of all the rain we’ve had??? We NEVER worry about bug spray but on this trip I put sunscreen then bug spray on each of us anytime we went outside. The only time I failed to do this was when we went to play putt-putt. While there I think I got bit by something? When we were at the beach my legs felt like they had baddd razor burn. I figured it was just because I had shaved the night before and was in the salty ocean water. I finally looked down and was COVERED in red spots. The actual site of the bite had gotten pretty big and had a white spot in the middle of it where the bug had bitten me. It was also pretty painful. I ended up taking a dose of benadryl that night (which STILL affected me the next day…I do not do well with drowsy meds!) and, thankfully, it cleared up!

Zach said he had a surprise to show us so we decided to pack it up early. While the boys packed up I took Britt back down to the water and she actually enjoyed it!!! I just held her close to me the whole time and she was laughing and everything! Of course it’s the one time we didn’t have the camera ready πŸ˜‰ But at least she did warm up to it finally!

The secret beach we go to isn’t actually in St Augustine…it’s called Vilano Beach. I LOVE the adorable little town and would totally love it if our dream beach house could be there. Super close to Old Town St Augustine. Quiet, pretty, beachy town! LOVE it! Zach ran to Publix with Kye that morning to get us some more waters and happened to see a yogurt place next door. Again, being SO thoughtful and sweet he wanted to take us! He knew just how to make me happy huh? Pictures and ice cream are the way to my heart πŸ˜‰ 

We just went in with our towels and swim suits on! They didn’t mind and the girl working there actually attended VSU so she was all about us πŸ™‚

When we left the yogurt place a guy was walking by us and stopped us to tell us that we have a beautiful family and look like a Barbie doll family. Um could this day GET any better? Haha. It was SO sweet and def made my already great day even better πŸ˜‰ Who doesn’t love random compliments from strangers right? 

We went back to the hotel and jumped in the pool for a few minutes before nap time. Kye showed me his new skills…he and Zach had a BLAST practicing swim while Britt napped earlier that morning and Kye was swimming across the pool over and over again! I’m excited for him to learn stroke this fall, I for sure think he’s ready for it and I love to see how much FUN he has in the water!

We all rested up and got ready for the rest of our fun 4th of July day!

journeyofphood

Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

Find me on: Web | Twitter | Facebook

1 Comment

  1. Tamie Boykin
    March 20, 2013 / 12:00 am

    Hang in there!!!!! GOD AND JESUS love you and JESUS is praying for you and so am I!!!! You are very loved forever by all THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN!!!!!!!

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