About a week and half ago, we took a trip down to Ft. Myers to see my parents and my brother Kevin who lives in Louisiana.  He got an entire week off of work for Mardi Gras (crazy!) and decided to visit the folks, so we thought we’d crash there too. 🙂  Unfortunately, not a single one of my pictures from the trip actually include my dearest brother whom we seldom see…poor planning on my part.  But I did get some really cute pics of the kids at the beach.

It is with guilt and not a little embarrassment that I make the following confession: my parents live about 15 minutes from several beautiful beaches, and this is the first time I have taken my kids to one of them. 🙁  My children have been more familiar with Hilton Head, SC where we go with my in-laws every year than any FL beach…pathetic, I know.  In the past, I have felt a bit reluctant to venture out to places (like the beach) alone with my three children because there are so many out-of-my-control variables.  But I am happy to report that I braved the traffic, the parking, the walking, the carrying of all the “stuff,” food, and my two year old, and we had a great time.  We went once, just the four of us, and then a few days later, Aunt Missy and her brood joined us.  The kids were absolutely enthralled, and I was too.  I LOVE the beach, and the weather was perfect.  So from now on, we will be making a trek to the beach whenever we are at Grammy’s.

Lucy was a dedicated shell-seeker

Connor was into the castle building and hole digging

Tyler loved all the sand

Connor and Caleb

Mini-man with his cheesy grin

Autumn Marie

Connor's attempt at burying Caleb

Lu, Samantha, and Autumn