Sunday, July 10, 2011

Beach, Pool, Beach

by Meghann on July 10, 2011

Today was a beach day.

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We set up shop at one of the many secluded beaches on the little island. It was a beautiful sunny morning without a cloud in the sky.

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The boys took to the water with fishing poles and the girls stayed in the sand with their books.

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I picked up the novel ‘One Day’ the day before we left. The beginning is painfully slow, but I’m hoping it will pick up as it goes on. The movie preview was what originally caught my attention. I’m usually a big fan of anything Anne Hathaway attaches her name to, so I’ve got high hopes for this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Beach snack

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Swim time!

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They call me power lungs. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Isn’t Derek cute in my hat? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The dogs took advantage of their beachside freedom. They chased balls, jumped in the waves, and ran circles around each other. Tired pups are happy pups. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Even Maddie found herself jumping the waves with Scooby and Oliver . She was one brave little lady!

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We broke for lunch around noon and I made myself a Grilled Hummus and Cheese Sandwich with a pickle, carrot sticks, chips, and dip.

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Left over birthday for dessert.

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Yum. ๐Ÿ™‚

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A beach morning turned into a poolside afternoon.

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Umm.. yeah… totally fell asleep on the pool float. Only thing missing was a Corona in hand.

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I made a plate of pretzels with mustard as a mid-afternoon snack.

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We headed to what we call the ‘ Dolphin Beach’ for some late afternoon fishing.

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I found the Sam Adams’ Summer Ale particularly refreshing in this position.

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Tired puppies.

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Gotta say, having a meal plan already in place for the week makes meals times so easy. Instead of pulling together what-ever we have, we just look at the schedule and know Fajitas are on the menu.

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It was a team effort in the kitchen too. Kelly, Dad, and I prepped the veggies, marinated the chicken, and cooked it all up while everyone else showered.

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I had one fajita with chicken, veggies, and cheese with a side of rice and beans.

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One of the big goals for our week long meal plan was selecting items that would be crowd pleasing for a picky bunch. The ‘build you own’ fajita bar worked out great. We cooked the veggies separately for my vegetarian sister and the boys could load up on as much meat as they wanted. It was a win.

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After dinner we broke out the wine.

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Happy Vacation to us!

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And the card games.

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Dutch Blitz is AWESOME! If you like Uno or Speed – go. get it. now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Dessert!

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I know some people like to party hard on vacation, but I like to take the opposite approach. 2:00am bed time? No, thank you. 10:00pm bed time? Yes, please.

Good Night!

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Peaceful Morning

July 10, 2011

Good Morning! Just another beautiful morning in paradise. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not sure if it was the prospect of a beautiful day on the beach or what, but I was too excited to sleep in this morning. I tossed and turned about 30 minutes before finally getting up around 6:30am. I took advantage of the quiet more ยป

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