Monday, August 30, 2010

Getaway...Weekend One

Austin had been begging to go to the beach all summer. With moving and the usual stuff that goes along with moving, we hadn't had the time to do it until this particular weekend. It was basically this weekend or not at all since the other weekends before Aiden is born were full.
We mentioned to our friends, the Fleshman Family, what we were planning on doing and they decided to go as well! What fun! Our families have so much fun together and the kids all love each other so much...sometimes enough that they fight like brothers and sisters!
We decided on Carolina Beach, which is just outside of Wilmington. We got there a little before lunch and got the cars unloaded and our stuff lugged to the beach. The kiddos were all anxious to get in the water, but sunscreen had to be applied first. When we finally all got out to the water, it was apparent that we were going to have some very tired kids by the end of the day! They had SO much fun!
Colten is a fishy. However, the waves made him a little apprehensive at first. He tried to walk in the shallower water, but the waves were hard to fight for him. He was pretty good in Daddy's arms for a while, but you could tell he really wanted to get in the water. He just had to get used to it first. By the end of the day, he was trying to swim away from us and walk and jump through the waves.
Austin has turned a 180 since living in Hawaii! He was not that fond of the beach and ocean while living there. It made for some very relaxing trips to the beach since we didn't have to worry too much about him getting close to the water. Not anymore!!! This kid spent all but about 15 minutes in the water. He didn't really want to come out of the water for lunch and as soon as he was done eating, he wanted to go back in. He got irritated that he had to wait for an adult to go back in with him. It was funny that when we got in the car to leave, he kept saying how it still felt like the waves were hitting him...he was in the water that much!
Pure Joy.
Still a little apprehensive, but it was shortly after this picture was taken that he was in the water full force.
Our friends' daughter, Sydney. LOVE the puddle jumpers that the "little girls" have. Austin's too big for them so he wears a regular life jacket. Colten isn't quite big enough to wear them. Maybe next year.
The older three Fleshman kids...Autumn, Tiffani, and John. These kids are so great. I know they give their parents problems just like any other teenager, but I am so impressed with them!
Fun jumping over the waves.
Strong Man! These three are hilarious together.
Colten LOVED the birds on the beach. He just kept chasing after them.
I'm not sure if he thought he would eventually be able to touch one or not, but he had fun trying!
After a fun day at the beach, we got some quick showers at the hotel room that the Fleshman's rented to stay in that night (we had to drive back since we had the dogs) and then headed out to a Japanese Steakhouse. I'd post more pictures, but this post is getting long enough as it is!
It was a great day though and was exactly what Austin had wanted. He was so happy! In fact, that morning, before we had even left, he showed his appreciation for this trip. I had woken him up and he was climbing down from his bed and he stopped, looked up and said, "Mommy, thanks for the beach day!" I knew that it was going to be a good day no matter what and I was so happy to give our kids a day of fun in the sun!

No comments: