A week of Fall Break has come to an end and boy howdy did we ever pack it in this week. After working really hard at the beginning of the week cleaning out closets, sorting through clothes for Fall, working on some serious deadlines with photography and a book project my mom and I are working on, getting to doctor appointment after doctor appointment (we have some weird issues going on right now), we headed to Mexico.
And let me tell you, there was not much that would have felt better than being with our family and some friends and sitting on the beach. And eating. And actually being able to sleep at night...despite a house chock full of kids and babies and staying up late to talk to friends.
Kids can never seem to get sick of playing in the sand.
...especially when that beach keeps getting bigger and smaller depending on the tide at different times of day. I love our friends' cabin down there because in a matter of hours the water can go from being right up splashing the steps in front to receding miles and miles away. This allows for some serious ocean life to be spread out all over the wide expanse of the beach for easy crab, octopus, clam, and gorgeous shell hunting.
The little boys wrote the BEST list of stuff they wanted to do while we were there:
My favorite part is about how they wanted to "Inpress mexicans." Oh, and they wanted to "throw Parker off the roof into an ant colony" but thought better of it and crossed it out.
Lucy, after making it down there without screaming all our ears out in the car as we expected, had the absolute time of her life.
Much of her delight, along with Claire's, was wrapped up in the fact that we had our own dog for a few days.
I know, I know, mangy and disease ridden as you may expect a stray dog to be in the middle of Mexico, we seriously fell head over heels in love with this dog. I say "we" because I was ready to beg Dave to let us bring him home. He was SO great with the kids and they thought he was the best thing that had ever happened to them.
He was nowhere to be found the day we left, so I guess luckily for us we are still a pet-free family.
Claire was even more in love than Lucy was. Doesn't she just look like a girl who should really have her own dog?
This is Claire's face when she's asking for "root beer" (Dr. Pepper):
And this is Lucy's face when she's thinking to herself, "don't even think about taking this sippy from me."
Lucy was enamored by my friend's sweet little boy.
This is what I'm talkin' about...
Claire and her new "friend" (she just met him on this trip and never learned his real name...just called him "my friend") played countless hours with a topless, raggedy mermaid barbie they found on the beach. It always amazes me the things that delight kids.
Lucy fell in love with all the fake animals lining the little shops......and every dog she came across.
Quad rides:Ranger rides:
to see stuff like this:
Examining the treasure sea creature finds from the day.
Nothing like just enjoying a good book on the beach.
It was a perfect vacation. Thanks for everything you guys!