Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer Vacation - Port Aransas Beach

We decided our family needed to go to the beach, so we drove down south to Port Aransas, Texas so we could spend a day lounging on the beach and playing in the ocean. We REALLY enjoyed our day!  It was my personal favorite!

The beach at Port Aransas was so pretty and the water was incredibly warm.  It was probably the warmest ocean water I've ever felt!

Much to my surprise, the girls were not afraid at all!  They loved the warm water and the waves!

The entire family played in the water,

The girls LOVED playing in the sand.   We tried to build a sand castle which actually became a family endeavor as the day wore on..

The girls' sand castle!

Addison posing for a picture!

the girls and I walked up and down the beach collecting shells.  Here are all of them.  They used them to decorate their sand castle, but later I washed them off and we took them all home.  

The beach was neat because they allowed you to drive your car onto the sand which made it very convenient to access the cooler and other things we brought. 

I love this picture...its Avery strutting out into the ocean.  

Avery squatting down to let the waves hit her hands.

Hanging out on the beach.

Addison going to fill her bucket with water.

The entire family ended up helping build an elaborate castle with mote and small lake.  Thanks boys!!!

All my kiddos.

Drewster.  Covered in sand.

My handsome boys.  Love 'em!

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
Psalm 127:3-4

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Summer Vacation - Corpus Christi

On another day of our vacation, we decided to visit Corpus Christi.  While there, we visited the USS Lexington.  This is aircraft carrier which had been active during WWII.  It was very interesting to see the planes and the ship. Here are some photos from our visit.

This is the ramp leading up the ship.  

My Nickus.

Addison posing - like always!

I was really trying to get a good photo of my boys, but this is the best I could manage.  Photo ops always turn into wrestling matches with those boys!!!

The stairs were VERY steep and narrow.  We had the girls go up & down them on our backs becasue they were too much for them to do alone.

Nick in the ship's barber shop.

These are actually beds.  

my girls.

The control panel.

The next few photos show us by the various airplanes that are on the ship.

This photo shows how many Japanese each air group shot down. 

I just thought this was interesting.

My favorite photo!

Avery poking her head through a port hole!

Here we are in the command center. Drew is sitting in the captain's chair.

The girls wanted in on the fun too.

In the ship's brig (fro refusing to allow me to take more pictures)

The boys were sweet and posed for some fun photos with the girls before we left.

Fun on the USS Lexington!