Have you ever heard of Watercolor, Florida?! Or Seaside, Florida? OMG. They are AH-MAZING. They are right next to each other...almost one in the same, just outside Destin. They are the epitome of perfect little seaside towns. Quaint. Pleasant. And just about the best family vacation spot ever.
Beautiful beach houses painted in perfect shades of pastel water colors.
Everyone rides the old fashioned bikes with the big fun basket on the front. Entire families bike to the pool, bike to the beach, bike to the ice cream shack. Everyone is smiling and waving and saying hello as they bike by.
The local Repertory Theatre has story telling every day at 4 pm in the town square. They do a weekly play in a outdoor amphitheater. All free of charge.
Grab your flashlights and go "crabbing" on the beach at night.
Watercolor has 4 pools within their community. Kayaking, canoeing, fishing, beach, pools, biking, shopping and the most beautiful beach with the softest sand. Gosh. I was amazed that I had never heard of this place before. But I can tell you right now that we are already planning our new "annual" beach trip back. And I am so NOT one to get in a comfort zone and keep going to the same ole' place. I think that's BORING. So I must say that I am making a very big EXCEPTION and cannot wait to go back.
I must admit that having a 3 year old and 1 year old
at the beach
with my expensive cameras
was NOT a good idea.
Trying to be the mom, get my kids to smile, make sure they didn't get washed away by the ocean, make sure they didn't eat the sand, trying to get the right lighting, adjusting my settings and then EVERY time we put my 1 year old down she screamed BLOODY murder...just didn't work.
So my pics are what they are. Sandy, salty and chock full of love.
Little Miss' first glance of the ocean.
Wait for me!
I love that you can see the dirt underneath my son's fingernails.
So boy. So him.
Grandma and Grandpa came with us too. This is Grandma and Grandpa taking my 2 kids on a walk.
3 generations of beach hats. That we REALLY wore.
I love shadow and silhouette pics. Probably because they tell the story without being right in your face. I love pictures that seem more like a thoughtful memory than an actual moment. We don't actually see ourselves playing or walking on the beach. But we all see our shadows. Shadows truly tell the story as it was. Through the eyes of the beholder...
This is my son and me. I was careful to only get the left side of my body because my right side shadow was all lumpy from the diaper bag and camera bag over my shoulder.
This was my last few moments at the beach. As I saw it. My two awesome guys and a beautiful beach.
Doesn't get much better than that...