Ok you can say it...our family is addicted to the beach. For the past 2 summers we have gotten to visit our cousins in Louisiana at the beach and we have the best time. This year we turned it into our Big Family Vacation.
After a long 14 hour drive (2 of which were spent on the bridge because of the Blue Angel show-I have never seen SO MANY BOATS) we finally arrived at our AMAZING Beach house.
Here is our CUTE house. 3 bedroom and 2 fold out couches...that is just perfect for the 11 of us. Good thing it had a good washer and dryer...we put it through the ringer with towels, towels, and more towels.
Our days consisted of fishing, breakfast, beach, nap, beach, dinner, and more fishing through out the day. Henry really enjoyed this little boat and DeDe floated with him in it for quite a while...then later Alex claimed it as her's...She had a little trouble making it out past the surf and we all got a real kick out of watching her try over and over again. She finally made it and we would let her float for a while but when the current carried her too far she would have to come in, walk back to us, and start all over.
Alex also really enjoyed snorkeling and looking for shells.. We found TONS...and lots of sand dollar pieces.
This was our first year to boogie board. Gracie had so been looking forward to it for months. The girls took to it in no time and loved "catching the waves" Emma was amazing. I couldn't believe how well she did and never once complained about salt water in her eyes...she is way tougher than her mama.
Check her OUT!!!
DeDe spent alot of time in the water floating with the boat and giving boogie board lessons...in between fishing. This is a great pic of Big Daddy and his boogie board trip.
Henry of course enjoyed warming up and cuddling with his JoJo on the beach.
I love this picture!!!
After spending much time fishing and playing on the beach we ALL needed baths and showers to shake off the sand!!! Then we cuddled and loved in our great beach house.
One evening we all ventured out on a Dolphin Cruse. We didn't have much luck with the Dolphins but the boat ride was alot of fun...(except for Belle) Emma and Grace even got to drive the boat during our ride. And although we didn't see dolphins on the cruse we saw them in front of our beach house almost every day.
Another afternoon we visited Fort Pickens. It was a neat and educational place to take the kids. I know Mom you were so proud!!!
Now on to the fishing. This family LOVES to fish...all of us. We would gently tell the girls that we were going to leave at about 5:00am and UP they SPRANG with swim suits on in minutes. They weren't going to miss out.
We caught 1 Red, 1 Mackerel, 2 Sharks, 1 Manta Ray, and countless Croackers and Lady Fish.
There was also alot of jelly fish in the water. Belle got stung 2 times and so did shad. Emma and I got stung once. We learned that we need to carry baby wipes and a bottle of white vinegar with us.
Emma caught a Manta Ray the first morning and a shark the second morning. She was SO excited. That is until the waves washed the Ray up onto the beach...when that happened she threw the pole at me and ran. Once Big Daddy and Shad reached me...they just looked at each other and said..."so who is getting the hook" Thanks Big Daddy...you did great!!!
Oh and Shad got the hook out of both his and Emma's sharks.
From the dock in the back we fished and caught blue crabs. The kids all enjoyed getting down into the water when the tide was out to find crabs and snails. Can you find the blue crab in the picture above? Shad had a great kung fu fight with him.
We also saw more wild life than you can imagine. This crane was right on our dock and Big Daddy fed him one of our bait fish we had caught. We also saw sand pipers, pelicans, sea gulls, a bird that looked like a toucan but with a smaller bill. We learned alot about ospry and their nests. The kids loved seeing who could find the biggest nest when we were driving out to Fort Pickins.
We played in the sand alot. One evening DeDe built us a replica of the "sea monster" he saw in the Sabine.
We played and played!!!
And played some more!!!
We also found out what an expert Sand Castle builder Shad is. He built 3 really cool sand castles with the kids while we were there.
There was a neat place called Radical Rides that rented Seadoo's by the 1/2 hour. We knew that was for us. Stephanie took Emma and Belle, David took Grace, Carter took Alex, and Shad took Henry or rather Henry took Shad.