our chauffeur around town & tour guide, emmie collins.cory!
i bought this little sun top at a consignment sale months before our trip. it was for a 12 month old, she was just 8 months old but her little arms were being squeezed like a blood pressure cuff and the belly could not be contained. swimwear sizing is a joke and also my baby was the roll-polly-ist! i kind of don't even remember how rolly she was without seeing these pics. so adorable!! gimme those thighs!
|...family portrait attempt 1...|
|family portrait attempt 2 hahah|
we ate breakfast and lunch in most days and did dinners out. gulf shores is an hour behind us in kentucky and we kind of wanted to keep our normal schedule so most nights we were at dinner around 5 with all the early birds so that we wouldn't be rushed to get emmie home for bed. after din din we'd basically tuck emmie in and be in for the night. we'd read or watch a movie. in hindsight, i would have loved to pack some games for us too, for some more entertainment / interaction for ben and i.
|it's easier if momma takes the pic :)|
we're really different and sometimes have different expectations of how we'd like to spend our time. i think this always becomes most evident for us on family vacations because it is just us. normally at home if one of us doesn't want to do what the other is looking to do we can find another person to come along or another way to compromise. when you're 10 hours from home, just the two of you and a baby - expectations and different 'wants' seem to come up more often. i remember kind of grumbling in my head about several of my wants not being met and then i was smacked in the face when reading 'one thousand gifts'. i realized, i'm frustrated that my husband doesn't operate the way i do when in reality, i am beyond blessed to have a wonderful man as a husband and partner. i'm grumbling that it's hard to lug a baby to the beach when lots of families never get to take a vacation or go somewhere so beautiful. i'm irritated that my kid needs lots of naps and constant attention when there are so many families that would love to have the amazing blessing of a healthy, sweet baby. so long story short(ish), i'm selfish and don't deserve so many of the ridiculous blessings God pours out on me. this week will always be a great reminder of that for me. thank God for grace, thank God for this beautiful life.