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We did an abbreviated annual beach trip this past weekend.  All summer, I drooled over my Facebook friends’ pictures at the beach and dreamed of our turn.  Ava still was not sleeping through the night and my  hope was that she would be by the time we went down the shore.  Unfortunately, the sleep thing is still a work in progress but we went to the shore anyway!

We planned our trip for Thursday through Sunday and after weeks and weeks of a hot, drought we seemed to pick 4 days of cooler,rainy temperatures.  Alex ended up changing his days off to Friday-Monday so we could at least get somewhat better weather. Turns out, Monday was freezing down the beach.  Doesn’t it always work out that way?  We still had a great time and it was so much fun to get away and relax as a family.  Ryan had an absolute blast and Ava is still warming up to the idea of the beach.  It is so much fun experiencing these things though them




My mom and grandma came, too and it was very nice to have the extra sets of hands!
Ryan loves them so much and it is fun to see that bond form!
All I wanted was a nice family picture. This was the best one we got in 4 days…
All I wanted was a nice family picture. This was the best one we got in 4 days…
Playing on our chilly last day!

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