Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Orange Beach 2011

Well, summer has really gotten the best of my blogging habits! I'm just to busy, hot, and exhausted to even take the time to load photos! It's terrible because we are having a great summer and doing fun stuff, I'm gonna get back on it....

So a few weeks ago we went on our annual trip to the Alabama coast. My dad takes my family and my sister Kim's family every year. Might just be the BEST tradition ever!!

The boys were at a great age this year...they had a lot of fun, because they loved the beach....but I think MOST of all, they loved being with their extended family 24/7!! Talk about getting spoiled!! Ha!

It's always a long drive down. Is it in a kids DNA to ask "are we there yet" every hour? I mean really, where do they learn this cause ALL kids seem to do it! But we finally made it and the kids all changed and went STRAIGHT to the beach!

And then the pool....

And Maddox couldn't resist the slide!!

My niece, Sloan, was so great with the kids. She is almost 12 and was such a little helper with them. They adore her!!:)

All of the cousins being silly! Look how skinny my Cruzy is! Boy, I've got one with a big ole belly, and one that you can see his rib cage!

It's not a beach trip without a little crabbing!! Too bad we didn't see one single crab:(.

Time for a full beach day!

Yes, we represent those hogs!!

This picture cracks me up....Cruz was mad about something and pouting in the waves!

We went to Lulu's one night, and that is something we do every year. Great food and even better atmosphere!

Wow, nice smile Maddox!!

Cruz put on a show onstage! Dancin hard to the band!!

Cruz and Maddox were both wanting boogie boards to ride the waves. Maddox really used his, Cruz treated his like a new pet on a leash.

Thursday night we did a fantastic sunset dolphin cruise. If your in the area, try Cold Mil Creek. They had the dolphins jumping out of the water everywhere!

Me and my sis!

We got a great family shot on the boat!

Remember me saying my kids got spoiled...well here is some proof. My dad who HATES sand, is sitting in the sand feeding Cruz by hand (Cruz is 2 1/1 and knows full well how to feed himself, but he didn't want sand on his food, so he told Grandad to feed him!)

A little beach football!

The last night we went to The was great! Not because of the food or service, those things were both awful, terrible, and disappointing. BUT THE ATMOSHPERE!!! Soooooo fun!!!! Made up for the dining experience!:)

Foam machines!!! These bubbles were about 6 feet tall when they first poured out!

Ping Pong!

Oh, and the most impressive face painting I've ever seen. Are you at all surprised at what Maddox picked???:)

Cool statues! (and a 6'8" Grandad who can help you reach the top!)

FUN STUFF! Great trip, Thanks DAd and Mom!

PS. I posted about Cruz getting his tubes and he is doing great. It was a rocky start, but he is fine now. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers for my lil guy!

Now, I'm off to roast in this 108 degree heat!!!
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Kimberley said...

what a fun tradition for sure!! love beach photos! need to get my kiddos to a beach!

p.s. 6'8"????? wooo weeee!!!!! :)

Christy said...

Our service/food quality at The Hangout this year was TERRIBLE, too. What a fun time...we'll have to do that dolphin cruise next time.

Happiness Is... said...

I love Orange Beach!

Jill said...

That looks like so much fun! Something tells me that Cruz is gonna give you a ton of laughs as he gets older. Gotta love a guy that'll get up and dance! HAHA!! And yay for blogging more! I miss your posts!

Johanna said...

That's a wonderful tradition of going to a beach annually! Vacationing with extended family is always fun,you have a variety of people to talk to, lots of eating and laughing together !
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Sara Bell said...

Looks like you guys had as much fun as we did!!! Sweet family and I just love your dad!!! He used to spoil me too! Ha