This year for our family reunion we met at Carlsbad, CA and camped on a bluff above the ocean. It was WONDERFUL! We woke up in the morning to the sound of waves, we went to bed each night to the sound of waves, and surprisingly, a very crowded campground seemed very private thanks to the sound of waves. I shamelessly admit that most of the pictures I took were of Ian and Summer. However, in my defense, they were the only ones available. I would locate the older three from a distance for an occasional head count, and that was pretty much the extent of our interaction! When cousins are around, Eric and I cease to exist. I got a few pics from siblings, but I need to track down a few more. I only have ONE shot of Carter (and I guess another of the back of his head). He and Trace and Cody made some new friends (Carter knows no stranger) and the five of them had a blast at least one full day at the beach.
Here's a snapshot of our vacation - in no particular order!
First taste of the beach!
This sand burial started out as fun and games. See all the smiles? Of course, it had to turn into a competition to see who could stay in the longest.
Pretty soon it was down to just Taige and Isaac. The others were smart enough to abandon long ago. Unfortunately for these two, they both inherited a stubborn competitive streak from, ahem, their mothers. What Isaac also inherited from his mother is a fear of being trapped. Apparently the stubborness won out. I don't know how he did it, but he was miserable - don't let the smiles fool you! The water was freezing, the weight of the sand and not being able to move was almost unbearable. With tears in his eyes, he still refused to get out. Finally enough was enough and we pulled them out. He couldn't walk for the next long while and hopefully he'll listen to his mother next time!
You can hardly see him, but the lump under Grandpa's hand was Ian. Grandpa had the hardest job of all - napping with all the littles!
Looking over the fence - out at the waves. I can't believe I didn't take a single shot of our view!
Oh wait - here's one of our view!
We decided a big "Mullenaux" made out of seaweed and rocks would be perfect for our family picture. Emily, Cari, and I worked hard!
In order to get a proper angle for the picture of our work, we had to pull out some old cheer stunts. Good thing the basic of the basic was all we needed, because we're getting old!
I love this great family of mine! We had an awesome time. Definitely one to remember. Thanks Cari for putting it all together!