While in Dauphin Island last week, one of the places that I wanted to go explore was a nearby public beach. Ron and Kathleen had told us that it was not crowded and had huge sandbars stretching far into the sea.
So, after a bit of morning relaxation…
We headed off to see what we could see 🙂
At the public beach, I loved the tall reeds, the rickety wooden fences, and the strong wind that blew. We had so much beautiful sunshine throughout the week, but in the mornings and evenings it tended to be overcast…and that happens to be when we did most of our photographing!
So, while all the sunshine was beautiful, I also like the soft, cloudy feel these images have! It started raining around the time we decided to leave, so I’m thankful for the half hour we had here!
We have a saying in our household. It’s from the movie “Madagascar” which Alana has never seen, but Rich and I love. When she gets all crazy like this and she runs around like a nut and gets really goofy, Rich and I look at each other and say, “The penguins are psychotic.” That pretty much sums up this photo 🙂
I’m soaking up the snuggly stage because I know it won’t last long! Before long she’ll be running around with gobs of energy like her sister!
Um, can this image win an award or something? Rich captured it and I’m pretty jealous that I didn’t take it myself. LOVE it.
I love Rich and Sierra’s interactions…so super crazy sweet.
We played “red light, green light” on the pier and it made for some fun photos. Why haven’t we thought of this before?!?
Sierra seemed to love being outside! I loved carrying her around on the beach knowing she was so content.
After a storm blew several rafts and inter tubes into our portion of the beach one night, the kids had fun playing with them the next morning. Alana was too nervous to take her raft into the water with me, so she opted to play in it on the shore.
I think it was her personal goal each day to become as covered in sand as was humanly possible. She succeeded. I’m pretty sure all 3 bathing suits I packed will have sand in them forever. 🙂
One day for lunch the four of us visited a local bakery (which has the best cream cheese danishes EVER) and enjoyed some more family time.
Ooooh. I love these photos. Sierra had been to the beach in Fort Lauderdale when we visited my parents in March, but I hadn’t brought her to the water. Because the ocean temperature at Dauphin Island was so moderate, I decided to bring Sierra down to the shore and let her feel the sea for the first time.
So, with her new little rash guard and her chubby baby legs, Sierra met the ocean.
One wave came in pretty strong and caught me off guard so I swept Sierra up and Rich captured it! I love it!
By the end of the week, Alana, who has always been apprehensive about the water, had become so confident near the waves that we borrowed her cousin’s life jacket for some peace of mind! Even though we were right there with her, she was getting VERY brave in the water and it started to make us nervous!
Rich and Alana having some more fun…
Uncle Ron (a phenomenal pilot) offered to take the kids up in his plane during the last two mornings of our trip. All 6 of the older kids went up with him and loved it. Rich and Alana went up and I was so glad that Rich took his camera to document their time since I was back at the house with Sierra!
And this was my view of them flying overhead while I was on the beach!
A few last photos before our vacation came to an end…
I took a couple photos of Alana playing out in front of the house…
And Rich took a few at the sand dunes near the public beach…
Group shot! I love this photo! We were SO SAD not to have gotten a photo with Ron and Kathleen that morning before they flew out…but I’m thankful we got everyone else. The 3 brothers, their wives, and all 8 kids!
We decided to leave the island on a Ferry that took us to Gulf Shores, Alabama and drive back a different way. So, this is both girls’ first time on a boat of any kind, I believe!
Our last vacation photo: a squinty-eyed family self-portrait 🙂