Graham loves the beach! I was a bit worried it would scare him or he wouldn’t like the sand, but he loved all of it. There were times when he got a little scared of the waves, but I don’t blame him. Waves are scary! The first day we had him on the beach he crawled all over it. Down to the water, back up, over to some strangers playing bocce ball (he wanted the balls) and around again. He was covered in sand from head to toe and kept rubbing it into his eyes. He didn’t seem to mind the sand being on him or his eyes. He also ate quite a lot of it. Even though he loved playing in it and getting it all over him he hated having the sand cleaned off him! We would rinse him in the outside shower at the house and he would scream like he was being tortured. He hates having water in his face now. When he was a baby he didn’t mind it one bit, but lately he hates it which makes bath time pretty difficult.

I was worried about how he would do away from home and our schedule for so long. He did pretty good the first few days, but the first night was tough. He cried a lot when it was time for bed and it took over an hour to finally get him to sleep. After a couple days he started waking up earlier and earlier. Most days he was up at 5:00. Ugh. No vacation for me! Now that we are home he is sleeping later again which is very nice. I think after about 5 days he was ready to come home and started getting really whiny and clingy which made me really ready to come home. Even though we had a great time it wasn’t as relaxing of a vacation as it used to be!! I need to plan a girls weekend so I can really relax.

We spent the first week with my family at Sunset. We all meet at Sunset every other year for a little family reunion. Most of them drive a great distance to spend the week in NC, but they don’t seem to mind much. We all have such a great time and it is nice for us to all get together. We don’t see each other much since we are so spread out across the country. It is pretty crazy to see my cousin’s kids growing up. I remember when many of them were around Graham’s age on the beach and now they are grown up! Our group is expanding a lot, there are so many new children and spouses in the family. After leaving Sunset we drove up to Oak Island to see Casey’s sister, her husband and Graham’s three cousins. We had a great time with them and Karley had a blast “babysitting” for us.

I have a ton of pictures. I actually took over 900 pictures! I took a bunch for Casey’s sister of their family. Plus I tried three times to get cute “beach” pictures of Graham. It is really time consuming to go through all those pictures and edit them! I won’t post too many, but here are a few of my favorites. I also have a bunch of videos that I need to edit and post. I need more time in the day. Click HERE to see all the beach pictures.

My posed beach pictures of Graham:

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About 30 seconds after the above shot he fell in the sand and that was the end of it. We let him play in the sand for awhile and it didn’t take long for him to be covered in it. You can see the sand all over his face!
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Playing in the sand and water:

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Hanging with mom and dad, family shots:

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Playing in the water with Grandpa:

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Black and white expressions (it’s been awhile!)

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