Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sizzling Summer


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Since we went to an "all year round" school year, our summers have been extremely to short.  If you have kids that are involved in school sports, or band your summer is even shorter.  Normally one of the two months is filled with camp, clinics, and ball games.  Then when you add in Vacation Bible School, and Church camp, you might get a good three weeks to go anywhere.  So you take what chances you get to do anything.

Syd was on a traveling softball team, so most of our weekends were spent at a ballpark.  At one point this summer we went to a ball tournament (Saturday & Sunday), came home packed went to church camp, came home from camp the following Saturday, had a week off, had softball tournament Friday & Saturday, and then that Sunday Syd left for Orlando for a Leadership conference for church for another week.  It got pretty hectic there for a while.

In July we were able to go to the beach, but with a catch.  We had a softball tournament.  :)  Let me say this again, softball tournaments at the beach are exactly the same as a tournament in your own town.  Softball fields are softball fields!  Some just look a little prettier than others.  Oh and you can't see the beach at the tournament, actually part of your games aren't anywhere near the beach.  They are sometimes about 45 minutes away.  All that to say, you have limited beach time.


Here is Syd on the phone (whats new) looking at the beach, but about to leave for a ball game.

We did have a pretty good time though while we were there.  We didn't do a lot of tourist attractions this year.  We choose to go to the beach every opportunity we could.  My sister Deta did get to take some good pictures of Syd and Logan while we were down there.

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We actually did this one shoot, where we "trashed" a dress.  Well actually two dresses.  Syd and I had our picture made together all in white.  Then when the shoot was over, we walked into the ocean with our white dresses on.  Just a note for future reference, don't go into the ocean with a  white dress on.  It becomes invisible.  This is a family blog so I can't put those pictures up here.  Like I would do that anyway.

You may be wondering where is Jessie during all this?  Well, a funny thing happens when you graduate from high school and start working an almost full time job.  You don't just "get" a vacation anymore.  So you don't get to go on the family vacations like you used to.  It's awful growing up.

Just a reminder to all of you down on the gulf or going to the gulf.  With Gustav coming watch the flags if they say this.....


and you go ahead and get into the water, this might happen.


You might have to be rescued from the water.


So all in all we had a good time this summer.  Busy, but fun.  We are hoping to go back to the beach this fall.  Maybe it will be a slower paced trip than this last one.


For more Sizzling Summer fun go over to

Kristens at We are THAT Family.




We are THAT Family said...

I had no idea you guys were in year round school!

Your pictures are so amazing....and I was just tracking Gustov tonight...hoping he avoids us.

Thanks for participating!

Kelsey said...

What a beautiful beach!!

Tammy said...

Hey, all the photos. Somewhere along the lines I missed that your kids were in school "year round". WOW!

P.S. He loves you... said...

I love beach pix and for that your sooo cool!

Anonymous said...

And here I am complaining about summer being over and we've had 3 full months off! I was just trying to bargain with God for another month - lol. You're lucky to live near a warm southern beach. The pictures your sister took are beautiful.

Happy Mommy said...

I love the beach! Great pictures!

Suzie said...

uh oh I forgot all about this

Jenn said...

We love going to the beach! Your pictures are amazing.

Screaming Meme said...

I love the pictures...they are awesome!!!

mah-meeee said...

i know i'm a broken record, but you/your sis takes awesome pics! those are great pictures of syd and logan. i LOVE the one of syd with her hair tied back and the one of logan with his head cocked...


Well Behaved Krissy said...

These pics ROCK! :) Glad to have spent the summer with you. I revisited the ALOHA's perfect specimin!

jennifer said...

Wowzer - year round school? My kids would have a fit!!

Your photographs are so good! REALLY. I hope you have a great weekend. I am going to be keeping Bryan out of the Crow's Nest!!! "Lt. Dan... Ice Cream! Ice Cream Lt. Dan!!"


Misty said...

You've got me dreaming of the beach! Great pictures and it looks like you had a great time despite the ballpark blues!

Shana said...

I am quickly learning that sports take a lot of time! I have three boys, only one is old enough to play ball but he is keeping us busy. I can't imagine what it will be like in a few years when all three are in different sports. You take wonderful pictures! :o)

D... said...

How do you like year round school? How exactly does it work break wise? Working in a school, there are times when I wouldn't mind it myself. But, then I remember how nice summer vacation can be. ;)

Those pics of your kids are stunning! Truly beautiful.

The beach is my favorite place to be.

Anonymous said...

haha.okay this is sydney!and for one it is not year round school exactly.haha we get a week out for fall break.3days for thanksgiving.about 2 weeks for christmas..and then one week for spring it aint entirely year round but close enough.and i HATE IT!!!haha.but secondly the picture where i am on the phone..i was not neccessarly looking at the beach..i was on the phone with a friend who was about 5 floors up and we were looking at guys.haha.but that is all i had to say!! :):) <3sydney.

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Good pics. Looks like fun!