Thursday, August 8, 2013

We are Fam-i-ly...I've got all my sisters with me...

That's right.

A few days ago all FIVE of my sisters and I were reunited! We rented a beach house and spent 3 days hanging out and playing together, it was so much fun.
This trip was special for many reasons...the first being that it's been 2+ years since the five of us have all been together. The second being our littlest sister, Emily, is leaving soon to travel to Zambia for a year.
Yes. Zambia. For a year.
She is amazing and brave and faithful, and we are crazy proud of her.

Amanda and her two kiddo's and I packed up and headed over to Lincoln City on Monday. We arrived at the house and settled in. 

Abbey read Keegan a book, and Luke relished the fact that he could hide under the bed =)

 (You'll notice in the above picture that I made Luke and Abbey a comfy floor bed. Turns out it was in vain. They both ended up in bed with me both nights. Queen sized bed, with pillows wedged on either side of them so they wouldn't fall out. Cozy.)

 After settling in to the house, we made our way to go play on the Beach!

Luke was SO HAPPY to be back at the Beach!

Cousin Cadence quickly joined him in some celebratory bench jumping =)

The big kids had so much fun digging in the sand...

...while the baby had so much fun eating it!


 Me and my sweet babies!

Cutest Photo Bomber ever =)

The kids played and played until we finally said it was time to pack which point they all realized they were cold, wet, and sandy. Funny how they were oblivious to that while having fun =).

We made an obstacle course for our trucks...

And flew a kite!

That night after the kiddos were asleep, Auntie Natalie arrived! The kids were SO HAPPY to find her in the living room when they woke up!

That morning we hung around the house...reading, playing and flying like an airplane...

Later we packed up and headed to what I have deemed the Coolest Park Ever. It was epic! The kids had a blast exploring this place...

 Abbey and Luke really enjoyed walking this "tight rope". I love how Luke puts his tongue out while concentrating =)

After lunch and a failed attempt at nap time, Auntie Natalie graciously watched the big kids for Amanda and I so we could run to the Outlet Malls in search of matching outfits for the kids for our photo session the next day. Thanks again Natalie!!

Once we returned, we all bundled up and headed out for some more beach fun. The weather was cloudy and really windy, but we managed to have a great time anyways =)

 Our sweet, silly girl...

These 3 had so much fun together!

Auntie Natalie getting some Keegan love...

The 3 Amigos and I dug a giant hole while searching for buried treasure...

And this Momma enjoyed some Baby smiles...

Luke's favorite part of the entire trip was flying a kite. He just beamed with pride as he ran around in the sand with the kite flying overhead!

We had a family friend come over to the Coast to capture some pictures of the five of us (and our kids). I'll post those here as soon as I get my hands on them!

We were blessed with a really great trip. Auntie Emily and Auntie Vanessa weren't able to join us until day 2 of our trip, but we were still so blessed to get 24 hours together. Tuesday night, after the kids were down, the 5 of us stayed up in our pj's drinking root beer floats and wine, and laughing until tears were streaming down our faces. It was a special time. 

 I always loved growing up in a big family, and I love it even more now that we are all adults together.


The Writer Chic said...

SO happy that you got this special time!

Vanessa's Dad said...

Unforgettable beach trip.


Vanessa's Dad said...

Priceless Sister/Auntie fun. Thanks for making it happen.