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)
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.)
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.
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
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. :)
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.