Sunday, June 8, 2014

Summertime on an Island Paradise

I've only been home about fourteen hours and I already miss the ocean. For the first time we took a vacation with our children, their spouses, and their children. It was absolutely wonderful. Many happy and fun memories were made. It's been 37 years since I've seen the ocean, so of course there were many hundreds of pictures taken.  Just let me say right now, this post is heavy on the pictures...light on words! I think when  you see the pictures below, you'll understand why I miss being there.
I miss the sound of the waves crashing right outside our bedroom window.
I miss the amazing colors.
I miss the birds.
I miss the morning walks I took along the beach.
I miss the sunrises.

I miss the sunsets.

I even miss the seaweed in the golden light of sunset.
I miss the details.
But, most of all, I miss seeing these guys each morning and hugging them goodnight.
I can think of only one thing I won't be missing...sand in my bed!
I'm sure you're going to see more pictures from our family vacation at Dauphin Island, Alabama.

"Don't cry because it's over.
Smile because it happened."
Dr. Seuss


  1. What a wonderful week! I love all these lovely photos, but my absolute favorite is that beautiful family portrait. The Dr. Seuss quote is perfect.

  2. What a great trip made more wonderful by sharing it with family! Thank you for the ocean fix. Love the family photos.

  3. The photos are wonderful. It is easy to see why you will miss it all!

  4. What a beautiful series, Cathy ... such gorgeous skies, ocean and sand and you all look so happy on the family shots. Memories to treasure for always!

  5. What a wonderful collection of photos and memories! I can feel how much you love your family and loved the vacation.

  6. Oh, I just love this memoir of your beach vacation! You did a smashing job with your photos, Cathy! And I miss the ocean every day of my life, so I 'get it'. Our annual beach vacation is in about 3 weeks and I can't wait. Glad you're safely home.

  7. Oh, what a fantastic vacation - full of wondrous beauty and plenty of family time. I'm not much of an ocean person myself - especially that sand in the bed thing - but your glorious images make me wonder about re-thinking my position. Beautiful! And what a lovely family - everyone looks so very happy! And such a great quote.

  8. Love the ocean waves. Your pictures brought memories of my trip with my kids. Love the family shots.

  9. SO HAPPY to see this and read it, Cathy. The beach! And all of you together. Boy oh boy, it doesn't get any better than that. Hooray for hundreds of pictures. Print, print. Get some printed. Says me, who before this year hardly printed anything.

  10. How fun fun fun for all of you, well the best thing is that missing so much is that you can always return and enjoy this again and not wait 37 years. What an adventure for your all, love the collage and seeing all of your family. Can't wait to see more Cathy.

  11. Your post communicates so much joy, Cathy! Your photos are wonderful -- those sunrise images are spectacular! I enjoyed seeing photos of your whole family -- we so rarely share images of our families. The quote is perfect. Yes, please share more ocean images.

  12. Beautiful! I'm happy you had a wonderful vacation with your family. So many things to see and photograph - memories made!

  13. how fantastic- such wonderful family times!
    I'm amazed that you haven't seen the ocean for 37 years. It is a beautiful place & I love these photos.


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