a week at the beach

We had our family vacation at the beginning of June & it was so nice to escape to the beach for a week! We found out we were having some big plumbing issues the day before we left so it really was nice to just forget about house problems for a little while! We went with my parents and stayed at a big condo in Gulf Shores. This was our first time to stay in Gulf Shores & it was nice not having to drive quite so far!
Last year we didn't do our normal beach trip because we went to Disney World. Little Griff had not seen the ocean since he was Cheney's age! I was so excited to take all the kids & couldn't wait to see Cheney play on the beach.  Much like her middle brother, she LOVED everything about the beach. The boys are at such fun ages & they had a great time, too. I will let the pictures do the talking but it was a great week!

These were from our first day. The boys loved digging big holes and looking for crabs & Cheney loved playing with the sand and crawling in the surf!
One of my favorite beach items is our One Step Ahead pop-up tent. It is perfect for baby naps on the beach & Griffin enjoyed his snacks in there. Cheney took her morning nap down at the beach almost every day we were there. She was living the life!
Griffin's happy place was in the sand with his trucks!

Grayson & Nana

Our fearless girl!
We did pictures of the kids one night on the beach & let me just say, 3 kids make pictures comical! I love this one though!

We loved spending a couple of our nights on the beach playing Frisbee & searching for crabs.  Not a bad way to wind down before bed!
Cheney mastered the booty up crawl so her knees wouldn't get all scraped up. It is all about improvising!

The kids loved spending the week with Nana and Poppy!

We had the BEST time! Vacation definitely isn't really relaxing anymore but it sure is fun. We can't wait to go back!


Cheney: 10 months old

Cheney, today you are 10 months old! We had to take your pictures at the beach this week..it wasn't so bad!
Weight: around 16.5lbs
Height: 28in
Clothing: some 9 month but mostly 12 month
Shoe: size 1
Sister, you LOVE to eat. If anyone is eating OR drinking anywhere near you, you think they are obligated to share. You are such a good eater and try everything. Your favorite foods are pretty much all fruit (especially watermelon), yogurt melts (you are OBSESSED), bread of all kinds...you love the crust off of your brother's peanut butter sandwiches, goldfish, macaroni and cheese, & yogurt. You still have zero teeth but that doesn't seem to phase you! You are still drinking 4 bottles a day and have finally mastered the sippy cup. You think drinking water is so fun!
You are still a great sleeper! You are the 3rd baby and it shows...you are pretty laid back about our schedule. You have become an early bird this month & have started waking up at 6:00. But, you take 2 great naps and are so happy when you wake up. I don't mind spending early mornings with you! Thankfully if we have to skip a nap here or there, you are still pretty happy. We love that about you! You will sleep just about anywhere. Over the past week you have napped on the beach!
Happenings this month:
-You spent the last week in Gulf Shores and LOVED the beach! You are fearless and spent your time crawling to and from the water & loved the waves crashing on you. You are definitely a beach baby!
-You are starting to cruise the furniture more and are trying really hard to stand up on your own!
-you are into EVERYTHING. Busiest baby girl ever. We have to watch you like a hawk because you will pick up anything and try to eat it!
-You have figured out how to crawl up the stairs. I am not sure how I feel about this.
-You are obsessed with dog food. It is your favorite thing. You will speed crawl when you hear me open the dog food containers! I try so hard to keep you out of it, but unfortunately you have tried it & think it is fantastic. ha!
-You love your brothers so much and have a special relationship with both. Grayson helps take care of you & Griff keeps you giggling.
-You love playing Pat-a-Cake
-You have learned how to wave & love waving to everyone!
Cheney baby, you are just the sweetest & happiest little girl. I can't believe you are only 2 months away from turning 1! You bring so much joy to our family & we adore you! Those blue eyes & sweet gummy smile pretty much turn us all into mush. We love you so much, sweet girl!
Happy 10 months, Cheney!