Wednesday, October 19, 2011

last one.



This was our last beach-trip of the summer. FOR REALS. Other than the occasional middle-of-winter, last-minute day trips when we're running low on saltwater and beach breeze in our bloodstreams.


This annual trip used to be just our family of eight and our super-close-and-basically-related next-door-neighbors. Then two of my siblings got married to people and had kids, so it got bigger, and then one of us married one of them. So now we are honest-to-goodness related. : )


us. minus Juli (sick in bed *weep*) and me (taking the picture, duh.)

Now the whole thing is bigger with four extra babies and two in-law-siblings. 


Sam and his sister Hannah (who, having married my roguish brother, is my sister-in-law) 

Sam and I are crepe-makers extraordinaire (not really... mostly we like eating them). We made them from a recipe I found on Pinterest. Yay for actually doing stuff from Pinterest instead of only twitching around and getting vaguely inspired! I have an entire board to inspire me to actually do the epic and creative and delicious things on there. : )


They were pretty awesome, I gotta say.



Sam forcing Juli to eat inordinate amounts of whip cream.  



HAH. Rogue PC-loving brother caught with Sam's Mac. (it's pretty much exactly like mine but has a fabulous blue case which mine doesn't. weep.)


Virginia





Our coast is rainy most of the time, but the entire weekend was crazy-glorious. Take that, winter.











Ruby and Grandpa ("Dappa")


teeny-tiny very dead octupus/squid creature. 


Ruby and her daddy (my brother)




Lucky Charms are my new obsession. Gah.  






Katie 


Ruby and Juli 



Sam and Benjamin had a very violent, good-natured, and egotistical obsession with throwing the football. The entire time.



my sisters. :) 




Ruby and her Nana


my mama. 

Katie had the best time ever throwing wet sand at Uncle Joseph. He swiftly achieved temporary-favorite-uncle status.







Katie is absolutely obsessed with the ocean. She never wants to leave, and always insists "no, I not cold!" even when her lips are blue.






This was the last-ever beach trip with Benjamin before he gets married. Gah.









Sam felt the need to creep, despite the fact that my taking-pictures-of-me-and-a-group skills are awesome and therefore there was a Sam-sized gap right by Ben.


This is so classic. Sam grimacing about something freakish/weird/awkward that Benjamin said, and Benjamin and Bethany laughing.




















I like this guy. A whole stinkin' lot.






Benjamin seized favorite-uncle-status by his alluring new smartphone. Ruby is hooked on Angry Birds.


She's better at it than I am.



Victoria and her papa 


Katie said she was going to get married. We said, "where's your good guy?" and she said "no! I don't need a good guy!" We said "who are you going to marry?" *silence* "I'm going to marry these!" (plastic hippopotamus and rhino.)






all the originals. :)






Creepy Bethany, the beach-scuttling-demon.


It was an awesome weekend. And a perfect way to end our summer of running-all-over-the-place-especially-the-beach.


p.s. does anyone have any ideas why my pictures would get pale/grainy after editing them in Aperture and then uploading them to blogger? they look way different in Aperture. agh.

38 comments:

  1. oh gah. this reminds me of my trip to Massachusetts earlier this year...and it makes me SO excited about the trip to Myrtle Beach [SC] in FIVE MORE DAYS. My sick little brother has never been to the ocean, but is fascinated with it [and the monsters that lurk beneath that deceptively calm surface, wuahah]

    Beautiful pictures, even more beautiful family. <3 Your little nieces are the darn cutest gals I've ever seen! [apart from my own sister, of course ;) ]

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  2. Your family is so beautiful..that includes you to, gorgeous! I am so jealous that you were at the beach...I haven't been there since I was 6 or so. :'( gah :P
    And finally I ♥ your blog!!!

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  3. That one post of I think it was your brother standing on the post on the beach made me think of the karate kid pose. :)

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_qb3MXTRYblY/SPdP2z-BItI/AAAAAAAAAfI/5KLegKn9BvE/s400/Karate+Kid+Pose.jpg

    Again, I love that you post so many pictures! <3 And I love how you capture the memories with the people you love.

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  4. awesome pics! made me wish i could've been there with you guys :)

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  5. wow there are a lot of people at the table. that looks so. much. fun. :))
    -jocee <3
    {pee ess: poor tiny dead squid/octopus-type-thingy. :(}

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  6. Wow, that looks like a lot of fun. I need to see the ocean sometime, seeing as I never have.

    I also LOVE lucky charms, except I'll just eat all the marshmallows and leave the "real" part.

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  7. Oh Polka Dot, I'm so jealous! I LOVE the beach!!! ;) Love love love these photos! Your family always looks like they're having so much fun together--love it!

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  8. oh my dayz!!! you are such an awesome photographer, you should set up a site to sell prints. amazing. tell me your secrets!

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  9. Ah.maz.ing. photos. Gosh I just died. ;) haha looks like sooo much fun!

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  10. Stunning photos! The little ones are adorable and your crepes look delicious!!
    www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

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  11. Love the octopus/squid creature. :) Wish I found one of those.

    And totally jealous of that beastly Captain America T-shirt. I love him.

    -Megan

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  12. Oh my, those baby eyes are HUGE! and adorable, of course ♥♥♥

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  13. Amazing photos! I love Virginia's blue eyes.:)

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  14. Great post! I love your photos :) About the fuzzy photos, I know that sometime Blogger doesn't cooperate, and uploading the photos through Blogger makes them fuzzy. I usually upload mine to Photobucket and then insert them into my posts. Just an idea :)

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  15. Gorgeous photos!!

    I think someone else said it, but blogger messes with the image quality somewhat. I upload mine to flickr and insert them in my posts, which works beautifully.

    xx

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  16. wow! that looks like a lot of fun! like the so totally ideal vacay!

    luv you blog!

    <3 Hannah :)

    Smile... cause GOD is in control!

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  17. NOOOO! Not the squid... :(

    Great pics! Love 'em :D

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  18. One of my favorite things about your trips is that you guys always have flowers. Inspires me to someday have a flower garden too! But even when you travel across the country (or world!) you always seem to have a vase of flowers around! I'm betting you mom was inspired to this by Edith Schaefer.

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  19. PS Lucy bought that same plastic animal set last month.

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  20. your beach photos are awesome, totally beautiful

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  21. Absolutely gorgeous photos!!!!! I love how you can see your camera reflected in your sunglasses while you were using your epic self-portrait skills. :)

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  22. Cool pics.You are an awesome photographer..




    yaplesyaker.blospot.com

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  23. What a gorgeous place! Life can be so beautiful and fulfilling.

    www.geekettegazette.com
    www.thegirlieblog.com

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  24. What is this?? You went to the beach again? -sniffles- Take me next time, please.

    Sam has cool shades. Well, so do you of course. (:

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  25. The little ones are precious! I love that I feel like I kind of know your family now! I recognize everyone. :) You make me wish I lived by the beach.

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  26. :) I like your beach posts - all the funny goofing off photos and family fun! You guys really do love the beach!

    I <3 the way you <3 your people!
    Jess

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  27. gorgeous!♡ sounds like so much fun :)♡

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  28. these photos are simply amazing.
    they got me smiling(:
    xo. Jazzie
    www.jsheaa.blogspot.com

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  29. I think your pictures look amazing...not grainy/pale at all. But sometimes uploading them to an online server does shrink the resolution -- making them grainy.

    But, back to the post, so much fun! I can't wait for the day all my siblings are married and give me little nieces and nephews to spend awesome beach days with :)

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  30. The photos look good to me! I love the last one.. what a beautiful sunset!! :)

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  31. I want your camera!!!!!! haha I love the pics of Ben ( i think it was Ben) jumping in the air. Very cool! Would love to go to the beach. :)

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  32. I want your camera!!!!!! haha I love the pics of Ben ( i think it was Ben) jumping in the air. Very cool! Would love to go to the beach. :)

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  33. I love this post. It's beautiful. Sounds like you have loads of fun with your family :)

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