01 June 2005

fun was had



the ocean has been played in. feet and hands have been buried in the sand. the waves have been frolicked in. yips and giggles of glee were heard throughout the beach house at random moments. many, many shells were collected. ice cream was consumed. sunsets and full moons were marvelled at. a red kite was flown and a grand sandcastle was built. there were walks along the beach, a couple of barbecues and leisurely drives down the gulf boulevard. hours were spent swimming and splashing and floating peacefully in the ocean. crazy canonball jumps into a modest swimming pool were witnessed and applauded. flav-o-ice popsicles were in glorious abundance and stained many a tongue green/blue/purple/orange/red. colorful cotton beach blankets were laid out. hawaiian tropic suntan lotion was purchased and generously applied. dolphins were sighted. souvenirs were bought. an aquarium was visited where big sharks and neon jellyfish were spotted and starfish and anemones were gently touched. people got caught up on sleep. work was (almost) forgotten. pacman was played. movies were seen. books and magazines were read. there were beach balls, floaties and bubbles. brand new swimsuits and sunglasses. skin has been tanned. huge tangerine-colored flowers were plucked from bushes and tucked behind ears. many, many, MANY photos were taken. there were a few meltdowns, a couple of snags, some drama and exhaustion along the way but more silliness, more laughing, more mellowing. life was reallyreallyreally good.

it's cold and rainy this week here in atlanta so I have refrained from washing my beach blankets (they smell like the ocean) and have taken to slathering myself with hawaiian tropic whenever I get the urge (so I can smell like coconut and summer). I am currently rebelling against any and all responsibilities. all film has already been developed (it's official: we're broke) and soon happy vacation snapshots will be tacked up all over this joint. for a peek at the festivities, click here.

15 comments:

  1. Omigosh! That looks as if it was the best vacation ever!! for anyone! Thanks for sharing the photos. I feel as if I were on the beach with y'all. Love you! (I can see why coming back home was a drag - look at this weather! Yikes!)

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  2. Ahh, seems like so long ago! Second meltdown happened Monday, yesterday was better, and now things are unpacked and life seems back to normal. RATS!

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  3. What a great trip! Yes, it was a wonderful time..what a cute picture of Ava! Many, many fond memories! You couldn't have said it better, Andrea!

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  4. It was indeed a wonderful vacation! It was definitely one for the books. Me go back NOW.

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  5. thanks andrea for sharing your photos - i got a sneak peek yesterday whilst in flickr your photos flashed at me, so i saw them then. looked like a great time! lots of great memories - especially the sandcastle! i know its a drag being back, but missed you in blogville....

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  6. so fun! someday we'll go on a real vacation.

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  7. What fun! Just got through looking at the pictures. Amanda and I loved them. Looks like a blast was had by all.
    :D

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  8. Andrea, You are absolutely beautiful. Seriously. I LOVE the picture of you and Ezra with the sunset (the 2nd to last picture on the roll). When that popped up fullsize on my screen and I was just taken aback by your beauty. Simply stunning!
    So when can we get together and catch up? Email me... love, amy

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  9. You're making me pine for a beach holiday. I love the shades, that's a great shot. There are some incredibly sweet photos in your flickr alblum. I completely cracked up at the one of Ezra smearing wet sand all over himself.

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  10. andrea - i have a couple photos now in flickr for your private viewing of our family.

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  11. p.s. - you have to login as yourself in flickr to see them otherwise they won't show up.

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  12. your family is absolutely gorgeous and it looks like a dream vacation. what fun! what great memories for your kids.

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  13. you take really great pictures. I really like the one of Ward with the kids on the beach. You guys have such cute kids.

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  14. Isn't the trip back the hardest part? Having polar opposites in weather doesn't help with the crash either. Ha. Really enjoyed the photos...reminds me I need to upgrade the ol' digital camera. :)

    One more thing, Andrea, your words describing the vacation were amazing, probably one of my favorite posts thusfar on your blog. What I like most about it is the visual clues and the brevity. It's the way I record things in my personal travel journals. Just the things that stand out in your mind.

    For example, when we spent two months in Taiwan, I wanted to record every day because it was so dynamic and memorable. So one day I would write: "Boats. Red lanterns. Jade dragons. Winding phloresant stairs." And the next days whatever stood out in my mind. It really is a great way to keep travel journals. You have that talent. Anyway...really nice post.

    :)

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  15. oh my goodness, thanks so much everyone. I love hearing all about others' vacations and travels but realize that it may seem boring to so many others... so, glad y'all enjoyed the peek.

    and thanks for all the compliments that made me blush (amy!)...

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