Monday, July 25, 2011

Sugar Land/Beach Trip 2011

We enjoyed our 5th annual summer vacation with Brad's family in June. The official destination was a beach near Galveston, but first we spent some days in Sugar Land at Brad's parents' house. Their neighbors across the water always let us use their pool when we are in town.

In order to get to the neighbor's pool, we step down off of the edge of Grammy & Pawpaw's back yard into a kayak,
and ride "Brad's Shuttle Service" across the lake

to get to this pool. This alone is always a super fun vacation!

This was our first swim of the year, and Oliver was not so sure about it.

Kilian was of course comfortable on the slide

Camille and her "puddle jumper" life jacket didn't work up the courage to try the slide until after we returned to Sugar Land a week later, on the day she turned 5.

Oliver warmed up to the water after we blew up a "Cars" float for him.

Lucy mastered the slide...

as well as the map

possibly helping us make it to the beach. Let the counting begin.


All I did was count kids' heads. I can't believe I got a picture with this many cousins at once. They were usually spread out pretty far since we had quite a bit of room to ourselves.

The bigger kids spent tons of time looking in tide pools for things

like these crabs.

My kids were less than thrilled that I made them join me for a quick picture (ok I probably took about 20), but they survived and will thank me one day! See the new header pic at the top of the page??

We had fun inside, too, with games


and pretending to surf with Barbie.

Yep, this is the life.

I think the highlight for Oliver was getting to "pray" on the deck, but not necessarily the good kind of "praying".

Xavier, Camille and Max fit in the little pool in the shade. I'm guessing that may not be the case next year.

Genevieve preferred to get spoiled on the deck by everyone, but I only got pictures of her with her Grammy

her Aunt Angela

and her cousin Max who could not believe how tiny her feet are!

Group shot with all 9 cousins. Oliver not cooperating.

Another group shot with all 9 cousins. Xavier not cooperating, but these guys are both 2 so we'll give them a break.

I'm so glad these guys have an opportunity to make memories like this each year!


Quite Sensible Indeed said...

What a lovely family vacation! The header picture is fab and a clever idea - no worries about smiles or looking at the camera. Worth every protest.