For Lorelai and Laynie's first birthdays I needed a change of scenery. The holidays were extremely hard on me emotionally. I had a really hard time and I knew their birthday would be much of the same so I convinced Adam to take a trip just the 5 of us. Unfortunately my mom's birthday also happens to be Laynie's day. And I knew myself and knew that I would be grieving that day and didn't want to put that on my mom again for another year. So we decided to escape our harsh reality and go somewhere that always makes me happy...the beach. God Bless my beautiful husband for always giving me what I need. We decided on Gulf Shores since neither of us had been there and I've always wanted to go.
So we decided (or me) to leave late tuesday night and drive through the night so the kids would sleep. In order to make this happen I decided to let Landon forward face for the first time. After all he was almost 2.5 years old so I suppose that was long enough. The boys really did well on the drive. Lincoln slept like a champ. Landon on the other hand woke up several times screaming, which he does even when he sleeps in a bed, so all par for the course. and of course Lorelai slept like the little champ that she is.
|off we go!|
|its so pretty!|
|My favorite place is a beach!|
|All kiddos at the beach for the first time Lincoln was 6 months, Landon was 3 and Lola was 11|
|First time on the beach|
The boys had a blast running on the beach and dipping their toes in the sand. Landon was a little skittish about it at first but eventually warmed up to putting his toes in. Lincoln was a lot more daring which is surprising.
|so excited for the beach.|
|Starting his love for the beach early|
|toes in the sand|
|Landon is scared for his life|
|Love these 3 who refuse to look at the camera|
|doesn't mind sand day 1.|
|Oh sweet Lando|
|baby girl passed out|
|Playing in the sand|
|Love my husband and how he plays with the kids|
|Baby girl and I walked on the beach|
When we got home that night the boys and I made cupcakes! My sister had gotten me a sprinkles cupcake mix and I brought it with us to make!! SO delicious. Not as good as fresh but they hit the spot. The boys had so much fun with it. They just love to bake and I love that we are sharing our joy for cooking on to them.
|love these crazies|
|they may have eaten a little batter. ;)|
Day 2 was our beautiful girls birthday. She woke up and was in a precious mood. We did a sweet little photo shoot in some outfits that a friend made for her. It's been a great year, a hard year, but the best year yet
|Such a happy baby|
The day was more overcast and dreary. I had this beautiful picture in my head of these awesome pictures of her smiling and giddy on the beach. Well she decided that she did not like the beach this day. The boys enjoyed playing on the beach again but Miss Thing not so much and she screamed every time I put her down.
|Shes still cute|
|only way she wouldn't scream was on my lap|
|not having it, we even had strangers trying to get her to smile!|
|Lunch on the beach|
|building sand castles with dad|
|This picture makes me laugh|
|oh baby girl|
|family picture ;)|
|Oh baby girl we love you|
We also had a birthday celebration just us. We had cupcakes and takeout and sang to our girls. I just can't believe they are one!
|Oh I like this stuff|
|She cracks me up|
Laynie's Angelversary came and it was quite the emotional day. I was filled with all sorts of emotions. It was good for my soul to be on the beach and with the kids and Adam. I felt so much more at peace than I thought I would. The weather was beautiful and the boys really loved playing on the beach and in the sand! It made my heart happy to see them enjoying themselves.
|Shes seriously like this 90% of the time|
|Daddy and his girl|
|mommy and baby toes in the sand|
|love my boy Lando|
|The Chafin family|
|We Miss you Laynie Renee Kennedy!|
|Adam gave Lincoln his balloon but he was still upset about it.|
|The Boys releasing their balloons|
|Now the girls turn!|
|Oh sweet Laynie it's just not the same without you|
|packing up to go home|
|baby wearing for the win|
|checking out the animals|
|They thought the little goats were pretty cool|
|so proud! He was a little scared, but went up to the donkey!|
|checking him out!|
|These kids have my heart|
After about an hour in the car after the zoo, I look back and saw that this sweet boy had fallen asleep. The ride was somewhat peaceful for a while!
due to me not wanting to clean all the parts of Lorelai's bottles in a public bathroom I came up with this. I had Adam buy a large thing of water and I cleaned all her bottles in the car! Something about public bathrooms and cleaning bottles just really grossed me out. So every 3 hours we stopped for hot water, or I turned the heat on full blast to thaw out some milk and make her bottles. One perk to bottle feeding vs. breastfeeding is not stopping all the time to feed, I just fed her right in her carseat.
One time Lorelai began to cough and got choked up so she refluxed pretty bad. It was super sad to watch because there wasn't a whole lot I could do. We were driving up I65 going 70+ miles per hour and I didn't really want her out of her car seat. But we got to a gas station finally and I got her changed. But she clearly wanted to be cuddled so I just held her hand and she calmed down. She just melts me with her sweetness.
The boys overall did great in the car. Adam drove the whole way and we only had to stop a few times to eat and let the boys run around! It was overall a perfect trip! The boys just loved the beach and talk about it all the time! They can't wait to go back. It was a great way to celebrate a year that challenged us in so many ways. It was a great way to celebrate our girls. It was just what my heart needed to get through. I'm so grateful for this family of mine!