In a few weeks, we'll be heading down to our favorite little island in the Gulf for our annual beach vacation. Every year we rent a house and stay on the same small island, visit the amazing local restaurants, enjoy the quiet empty white-sand beaches and spend a whole week indulging in freshly-caught oysters and well-shook margaritas. It's a quiet place, with not a lot of tourism or very much to do other than lay on the beach or lounge by the pool, but it's our little slice of paradise and we look forward to this trip all year round.
I've blogged about our beach adventures a few times, including Mally's first trip to the beach, Ryan fishing on the beach, Sage's first trip to the beach, dogs playing on the beach and Mim's first trip to the beach, but looking through my archives it looks as though I completely missed Mac's very first trip to the beach back in 2013. He had just turned one (the week before) and I cannot get over just how adorable, pudgy and moody this child was back then. I mean, he's still moody/broody, but I don't think I got more than 3 photos of him smiling the entire week we were there. The wind was fierce that whole week, which made the sand blow hard and the surf really rough, so we didn't spend as much time on the beach as we usually do. I didn't get nearly the number of cute baby beach photos that I was hoping for, so maybe that's why I never posted these. Or maybe I was just too self-conscious about the 25 extra pounds I was carrying around a year later (whatever...little did I know most of those would become a permanent fixture). Either way, I'm over it, so I thought it was high-time to do a little Throwback Thursday to that trip.
So, in the spirit of full-disclosure and in a totally lame effort to fully document my children's every move, milestone, achievement and vacation, may I present...McCarty Family Vacay 2013. And yes, these photos make me miss Mally so badly it hurts. I loved that dog so much and she loved the beach. We actually took her ashes to the beach with us last year and sprinkled them in the waves almost exactly where these beach photos were taken. I'm excited to visit her again soon and every time I'm here I will forever picture her happy face chasing the birds and watching Ryan fish.
Thanks for joining me on this trip down memory lane. I pinky-swear that this year I'll take more (and much better) photos of both kids and not wait three years before posting them. Two will be my max, ok?
Anyone else have a beach trip coming up?