a few weeks ago we took a sparatic trip to the beach in gulf shores for a few days (thanks so much melanie!) and the kids absoultely LOVED it! this was their first trip to the beach and they were sad to leave! they spent the first few hours we were there just digging in the sand, they dipped their toes in the cold ocean (gulf) water, and then we spent the rest of the day at the pool! and then we did it all again! i love their little sandy feet! renee and orum also flew a kite and went sand crab hunting! it was our first vacation with just the 4 of us and we had so much fun! renee has been asking to go back almost daily! at church last week they made mother's day cards--for the "why do you love your mommy" question, her answer was "becuase she gave me pink ice cream at the beach!" today in primary they were talking about families--they asked what her favorite thing to do with her family was and she said, "go to the beach!" wow! the beach beats out disneyworld!? amazing! i guess she loves the beach as much as me! and elijah starts squealing with excitement when he sees these pictures--"YEA! beach! water & sand!"so i guess it's defintely safe to say that they both had the time of the lives!
(i know that there are more pictures of elijah-renee was just too busy, but her very own post is in the works.) i almost forgot to mention our tragedy while there--we lost "baby cinderella!" (she was the 5th member of our family!) she was swimming with us at the pool, and i guess she found a new little girl becuase she wasn't there the next day or in the lost and found! renee was very sad to leave her behind, but has been checking the mailbox for her--so i guess i will be visiting the toy store in search of a new one!