Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Classic Beach Pictures

You can't go to the beach and not take the "classic" beach pictures.  We did it one night before dinner.  The pictures turned out really cute.  Always glad to get some new family pictures.  

Monday, July 30, 2012

Hanging At The Beach

We got home last night from the beach.  What an amazing time we had.  It was so relaxing and fun.  We went down to Matt's parent's condo in Gulf Shores.  We left after work on Wednesday and got to the beach around 10:30 that night.  We were up early on Thursday to head down to the beach.  Ben was excited to try out some body surfing.  

The water was incredibly calm so surfing was not too exciting.  There was also a lot of sea weed which made the water kind of yucky but we still had fun!

 Kate had to try out some boarding too!
Me and my sweetie hanging out in the pool.  

Thursday afternoon the Wrights were able to drive over and join us for the rest of our trip.  The kids had so much fun together.   They played and played and ran around.  They loved getting to sleep together int he same room.  They are all getting so big.
 We enjoyed a fun walk on the beach together.  I think one of my favorite things to do is to walk on the beach at sunset.  So beautiful.
Kate and Paige loved the walk!  They did end up a little wet by the end of it.  

The kids loved watching movies and TV.  They even got to watch before going to bed each night.  
 Friday we enjoyed another fun day on the beach.  Ok not so much fun.  Our kids really don't like the sand at all.  They are ok with the ocean but don't make the sit or play in the sand.  All they want to do is eat snacks and then go to the pool.  Ben always says "I like the mountains more than the beach."  I do have to agree with them about not liking sand.  Matt did make them get buried in the sand.  As you can tell they were not amused.

 We enjoyed going out to eat a couple of nights at new restaurants.  So yummy!
 Saturday we didn't even go down to the beach.  We just stuck with the pool and then watched some Olympics.  Like I said it was super relaxing.

I promised LeeAnn that I would not put any pregnant bathing suit pictures on the blog!  We are so excited that Grace will be making her arrival in just a few short weeks!  We had so much fun getting to be with our special friends all weekend.  We played so many games which has been our favorite thing to do since high school.  We are thankful for such wonderful friends.
We were not ready to come home on Sunday.  It was such a fun time.  Looking forward to going back next year.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Blog Vacation

We are taking a fun end of the summer beach trip for a few days. So I thought I would also take a little blog vacation. Here are just a few pictures of the fun we are having!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Worldless Wednesday - Underwater Fun

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Week In Babylon

Last week the kids got the awesome opportunity to attend Vacation Bible School at a little church not far from our house, Paint Rock Baptist Church.  They are a small church but they love VBS and do a great job of reaching out to the community through it.  Our neighbor's grandparents attend the church and they invited the kids to go.  They had a blast!!!  This year their theme was all about Daniel and his courage in captivity.  The kids loved all the singing and crafts.  They learned so much about God's faithfulness even in the hard times.
 Kate and Mr. PeeWee.  The kids were in the tribe of Gad (all the kids were divided into the 12 tribes of Israel).  They loved having Mr. PeeWee as their tribe leader. 
 Showing off all their awesome dance moves!

 Kate, Addy and Mrs. Betty.  They were so sweet to allow Kate to come for the week since you are really supposed to be 3 to attend. 
 Ben and his best buddy Evan. 
 On Sunday we attended their church service and the kids got their certificates. 
It was such a special week for them.  I know they learned so much and we are so thankful they had the opportunity to go. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Family Reunion

It has probably been over 20 years since I have been to a real family reunion.  But on Saturday I broke that streak.  The kids and I loaded up with my parents and took a trip over to Pell City for a Perry family reunion.  My mom's Uncle James turned 85 years old so his daughters planned a birthday party for him that turned into a family get together.  I met cousins of my mom's there that I did not even know existed.  It was really neat to get to see everyone and hear some of the Perry family history.  My grandfather passed away almost 5 years ago and this is his only living sibling so it was neat to hear stories about the Perry family. 

My kids were excited to see my cousin Ben's kids and get to play with them. 
My mom chatting with her cousins Pam and Laura. 
Dear, sweet Kate.  We are having a tough time with her these days and Saturday was no exception.  I like to say she is just all 2!
Both my sweet kiddos.  I loved their matching outfits!
My great uncle James blowing out his birthday candles. 
My mom's cousin Pam's house was beautiful.  It was on the top of a mountain.  It had huge wrap around porches and this amazing library/dining room.  There was also a great pool out back that the kids loved!  They had so much fun playing with Kenneth and Joy. 

Here are all the direct Perry descendants that were there (minus Kate because she was having a melt down in the car).  It was a really neat time to get to see family and share memories.  Hopefully it won't be another 20 years before I go to another family reunion.