Ok, Vacation Sunday I woke up with the intention of getting all the kids up for a photo of them all on the beach dressed up in their Church clothes. Well, not sooo fast; the nice wind that we enjoyed all week was gone, the sea was smooth and the mosquitoes were on attach mode. Jerry and I sat on the deck a few minutes before we noticed the onslaught of those pesky bugs. I don't know if I've mentioned in the past, but Cody has severe reactions to mosquito bites. The area of the bite becomes inflamed, blistered, and essentially a wound. The "photo shoot" didn't happen much to my disappointment, but we went to a BEAUTIFUL church and the kids were all well behaved. I thought the new environment (not our Church at home) might be a problem, but it wasn't. We then had a family lunch at Denny's. We napped the kids and spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach.
Vacation Monday... the mosquitoes have not gone away.... at this point this was my last chance to get a shot of all the kids on the beach dressed. I hesitantly asked Jerry if he'd help me get a shot which meant bug spray and running them to the beach (once by the water the mosquitoes left us alone). He agreed with a little mumble and groan. We got to the beach and my camera wouldn't work (ARGGGG... the lens must have gotten knocked and I was getting an error that I didn't have a lens attached). Crying, I went back upstairs to figure out the problem... I knew I was driving everyone crazy trying to get this picture and I really wanted this picture so I was stressed out. Well, after fixing the problem, we tried again I got the photo below, not perfect but nice. We then took the kids to ride the nearby ferry which was PERFECT... they loved it, it was the perfect length of time for them, and we saw dolphins. Very fun!!! We then spent our last night playing on the beach and went for a long walk where I ended up taking a ton of very grainy pictures in the dark... oh well.
We got up Tuesday and drove home. This vacation was SPECTACULAR!!! It was great having the whole family and I hope we can all do it again in the future.
Here are some more pictures and I'll probably post some more over the next few days as I work my way through them all.