Pictures of the beach #3 (sand art)

September 30th, 2016

Every time we go to the beach at some point there is a sandcastle/sand art contest.

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Rachel enjoyed helping Grandpa build his secret sand image.

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He didn’t tell what he was working on, and we all took guesses until we saw what it was in the end.

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Andrew and Paul built castles that were fighting against each other.  They were complete with cannons and tanks and all kinds of heavy armory.

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The winning castle was the one that stood the longest after the ocean waves attacked it.  (I think Paul’s won.)

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Rachel is pretending this is an ice cream cone.

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Hannah meticulously built a sand castle.

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Paul fetching water for his moat.

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Rachel putting more sand on Grandpa’s mysterious sea creature.

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The sea gulls came around and caught pieces of bread in mid-air.  Andrew’s dad was very patient and tried to get them to come take it out his hand.  They got really brave, and really close, but never quite close enough to eat from his hand.

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Marie and I made a sandcastle with 5 towers, lots of sea purses (sea skate egg sacs), seaweed, and decorated to the hilt with shells.  It was definitely not a warring castle, but one that existed for beauty.  :)

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Andrew’s finished sandcastle.  (You can tell that the sea purses were popular for flags and decorations!)

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Hannah’s finished castle.

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Hannah made a sandcastle for Rachel, and Rachel decorated it with seashells all by herself.

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Chuck’s finished product was not a giant whale after all!

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It was a Firebird!  Imagine that on the beach!

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You can tell we weren’t always in the water while we were at the beach.  Believe it or not, I still have more pictures!  But this is all for tonight.

Pictures of the beach #2

September 30th, 2016

I’m not sure I have a lot to say about these pictures.  They are just pictures of what we did on the beach every day we were there.

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Touching the water was pretty much a must every day, even if for some people it was only their feet.

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Hannah Joy

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Rachel Anne

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Our family of blessings!  I truly realized how abundant
my life is in a bigger way while we were at the beach.

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Seeing uninhibited joy and fun in our kids, and their
health and energy was such a blessing.

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Marie Grace

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Rachel Anne and her daddy going out to jump waves–
Rachel-sized waves, that is!

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Rachel’s idea of jumping waves was jumping
the very tip of the wave.

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Hannah, Marie, & Paul

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Paul, doing what he loved the best and did the most
while we were at the beach.

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He loved letting the waves wash him up on the shore.

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Ever since I can remember, that is what he has thoroughly
enjoyed doing every time we’ve been to the beach.

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I love seeing him so happy!

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P1060931That’s not all, folks.  Can you imagine I took even more pictures?  (And I haven’t even gotten to the great stories yet…)