Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Seabrook Vacation - Day 2

The next day was my 37th birthday! 

We got a slow start getting ready. Mainly because I thought it would be fun to download Snapchat. I had heard fun things about it, but I just don't have time to do that sort of thing at home. I had so much fun being silly with my kids. It's was so great! In fact we have been spending a few minutes each day playing around with all the different filters. It's definitely what some may call a waste of time, but since the kids and I have so much fun I don't think of it that way. 

We decided that we would play around round of shuffleboard before taking back the poles and disks. It wasn't raining, but it was definitely cooler! 

Pa got a fun picture of the kids! 

Ga-Ga, Pa and I had to head back to the house to get better shoes to wear to the beach so Michael went ahead and took the shuffleboard stuff back and then went to the beach with the kids. Once we were finished at the house we headed down to the beach too. We did take the wrong path and ended up having to back track a bit. 

That's a bunch of stairs! 

At the bottom of the stairs you had to go across this board that was laying over the little stream. 

By the time we got out there Michael was already well on his way to having a nice sandcastle. Ella and Jack were helping him with that. 

I went straight to the water! I love the ocean! 

As I was standing there I was reminded of the song with the line..."Who told the ocean you can only come this far". 


Pa was taking pictures too! 

Ella Bean does not like the ocean water at all. She says the salt makes her itchy! 

This dude loves it though! 

Ga-Ga & Pa did stay too long. Pa's hip was hurting him. 

They did have to get pictures with their Zeke boy. I bet the other kiddos were just too busy to stop playing! 

Michael working his magic! 

Ella really wanted to go over to the dry sand so I took her and Zeke away from the beach. 

I told the kids that they needed to rub the dry sand on their wet feet and eventually the dry sand would make the wet sand come off. 

It did work, but it also was quite exfoliating! 

Since it was my birthday we decided to go out to eat. I had been looking on Google for restaurants and I decided on this Italian restaurant in Ocean Shores. We drove into town and pulled up in front of it and that's when I noticed a sign on the door. Michael got out to check it out and sure enough it was closed. The neighboring store owner said that they were open on Thursday and then closed on Friday. Crazy! We had past another restaurant that I had eaten at before so we went back to that one. It didn't have the best reviews and I could see why. The service wasn't the greatest....they were short staffed and they forgot my food. Our server was a very sweet lady though. The food was great, but a bit overpriced....hello kids meals with boxed Kraft Mac 'n Cheese for over $5! It was sure nice that I didn't have to make dinner on my birthday though!!! 

On our way back to Seabrook we decided to drive on the beach. There had just been a wedding on the beach....the bride and groom were still taking pictures. 

The sunset was amazing!!! The kids did not want to get out though....they had other plans on their mind!!! 

Pool plans!!! 

I did not bring my swimsuit with me....I really don't like swimming that much. Give me a water slide and I'm in, but just a pool...no thanks! 

It was so much fun not being in the water! I loved getting to take pictures! I also figured out how to do Instastories and I loved it! 

Michael was hard at work helping Ella and Zeke. 

He was trying to get them both more comfortable with the water. 

Even though they had life jackets on at first they were still apprehensive.

Zeke would not let go of Michael he just kept hanging on and giggling his nervous giggle. 

Owen is my fish!!! 

Ella started getting more and more comfortable! 

Jack was nervous as well, but he would never admit it. He was adamant about staying right up against the shallow wall.  

Michael just kept on working with Zeke and slowly he was more confident.

Ella Bean was doing so well! 

Then Zeke Man decided that he was ALL IN!!! 

Jumping off the side and having Daddy catch him! 

He was hilarious because he would run in place and then start running to the pool, but instead of jumping at the edge of the pool he would just keep running!!! 

I'm so glad I was able to sit and enjoy all the of the kids swimming and it was also a plus that I wasn't soaking wet on the cold walk back to the house!!! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Seabrook Vacation - Day !

Quite a few months ago I started planning another trip to Seabrook. I loved it so much when we went a couple years ago for my 35th birthday that I wanted to return. This time the around there weren't quite as many people with us. Uncle Ry, Aunt Stephie and the Kuch family couldn't make it. With there being less people our housing options were greater. I ended up choosing this house because it fit us perfectly, but I also loved the name. We had walked past it when we were there two years ago and I thought the sign was SO cute. It was a giant wooden cassette tape and the name of the house was Hooked On A Feeling! A week or so before our stay Aunt Stephie wanted to see the house and to our surprise they had changed the name to Capeside Cottage. They remodeled a bit and felt that name went with the house better. :P 

Here's the house. It's was small, but perfect for a vacation house. It was right in the middle of everything really. Just a short walk from the pool, playground and shops, but thankfully not on the main street. 

Here's the view of the living room from the staircase. 

The kitchen and dining room! 

Ga-Ga & Pa had the king size master bedroom on the first floor! 

On the second floor was this great loft area...this was the kids domain! It was perfect!!! Right behind Michael was the kids room. 

I fell in love with the built in bunks! The other wall had the other 2 bunks. I loved that they were all together and really they did well. In fact there weren't even fights about who got what bunk! 

Our bedroom was on the 2nd floor as well. 

Here's the bathroom we shared with the kids.

The first place the kids wanted to go to was the park. The weather was really nice when we got there, but the forecast was showing rain for a couple days of our vacation. We knew we needed to get out and enjoy it while we could. 

These monkey bars were new. Jack is all about the monkey bars. 

I think they had the basketball court last time, but the kids were all about the playground. 

I love that they had this basket lowered for the kids. 

Michael and I were playing HORSE on one of the normal height hoops and we were AWFUL!!! 

Love this action shot of Pa & Zeke. 

The area past the basketball court was all new. It was a new neighborhood called The Farm District. Jack, Zeke and I walked back to check things out and the horses came over to the fence so they got to pet one. 

Later on we walked into the little town area. Michael got shuffleboard poles and disks. 

We LOVE shuffleboard. In fact I might have actually thought about putting in a shuffleboard in our backyard. Too bad our yard isn't long enough! 

And look at this....photographic proof of Ga-Ga & Pa playing a game! 

It was so much fun! I did have to laugh though because the next day my arms were a little sore from shooting hoops and playing shuffleboard. Sheesh I'm outta shape!!!