Photos from the Beach

On Sunday, we went to the beach.  We had planned to go on Christmas Day, but the weather wasn’t that great.  The weather was only slightly better on Sunday, but at least it didn’t rain while we were at the beach.  It rained all the way to the beach – so much so that we kept debating turning around but decided to see what it looked like at the beach before we made a final decision.  It was overcast, but still nice.

Here are a few photos from that day.  We went to Bellows AFS – our favorite beach.  When we got there there was only on one other group on the military section of the beach.  It picked up a bit later as it brightened up and closer to lunch, but by then we were ready to leave.


My husband made a “sand” snow man.


And he wrote this on the beach:


But this is my favorite picture of the day:


along with this one:


Camping, Day Four

Day four of camping turned out to be really nice. Other than the fail of our new coolers that advertised to not to replace ice for 48 hours (we have been having to replace ice every day) it was a great day!

Breakfast was pancakes. We then went down to the beach for most of the day. My view was mostly was this

And this:

Though we had these warning signs

I even went out a couple of times into the water. The first time I tried to boogie board, but when I had the board, the waves were not cooperating. As soon as I gave the board back to my hubby, the waves picked up.

The kids buried me in sand which was a first and then burgers and smores for dinner. Now we are off to play phase ten. Goodnight!

Camping, Day Three

The end of Day two and day three of camping was much better. A lens popped out of my glasses, but at least it was in the tent. My air mattress got a hole in it sometime in the night , but luckily the aerobed pump finally charged (we have a car charger for it- but out car will only let you use the plugs if the key is in the ignition.


This is the view from inside the tent. I decided to rest after cleaning up and putting the aerobed in.


My husband grilling dinner.



Dinner was brauts and packet potatoes, dessert was mini pineapple upside down cakes.

followed by popcorn and phase 10
My phone has been charging while I write this, but my bed is calling me so I think I will finish charging tomorrow…. Night all

Camping, Day Two

Well, the ice cream in a bag was such a flop, I decided to nix the night of instant pudding in a bag. We will just have the normal s’mores. I was just so tired after dealing with the broken tent, the bad pump for the bed (we ended up buying two twin airbeds with battery pumps just so we could go to sleep last night.

After making the trek to the restroom at 1:30 I noticed out tent caved in a bit. I woke my husband and we fixed it. I was just getting to sleep after that and it started to rain. All over my husband because he was sleeping next to the window.

We wake up around 6 and it starts raining again. I just go back to sleep until 9 am. Then we get up and start the day. Our smaller canopy tent was not holding up to the wind so we take it down. That was the last straw for me.

I decide to drive the hour home ( in traffic) to go get the larger canopy tent. I volunteered to go since I was the one to decide not to bring it. I also figured I would sneak a quick shower. It didn’t sneak well because my hair was still wet when I drove up. Also the trip to McDonald’s wasn’t hidden when my drink wasn’t finished.

The larger canopy Is up and here is the view from inside:



I am blogging from my phone. Why? We are spending a wonderful week camping.


This was my view while cooking dinner tonight. I had made chili in advance to just heat up since the first evening is usually filled with setting up camp.


Here my husband and kids were setting up the mine and my husband’s tent. We had a snafu with the tent. One of the poles snapped, but with some ingenuity, it got fixed with some electrical tape. But our aerobed pump didn’t charge right so now we are tiring to figure out what to do about it. So my tent looks like this


Desert tonight is ice cream in a bag. I will let you know how it turns out.