Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Beach trip photos

We got a CD of photos in the mail today from Grandma Pataky with some more pictures from our trip to Emerald Isle. Here are some of my favorites (although there are a lot more to choose from too). Thanks Mom!

The grill masters.

Walking down to the beach with Mommy on the first morning.

Helping Grandpa Pataky build sand castles.

View from the house porch across the sand dunes to the water.

Looking for sea shells with Mommy.

Cousin Emily, Uncle Lanny, and Aunt Bev relaxing under the umbrella.

One of Grandpa's creations.

Lounging with Ginger and her son.

Collecting water to build sand castles with her brother.

Looking at mole crabs with Charles.

The house we rented for the week. We stayed in the duplex on the left side, called Reflections West.

Enjoying crab cake after dinner (chocolate cake shaped like a crab, that is).

Surveying his castle domain.

Climbing the castle walls.

Grandpa building another castle.

Back to the beach on another morning.

Collecting water with his new friend.

Family shot.

Swimming in one of the tidal pools.

Getting brave in the "deep" water (just a dip in the sand of the tidal pool).

More grilling.

One of my new favorite pictures ever.

Chilling with Mommy in the shade.

Out with Grandma.

Looking for shells with Grandma.

Looking for clams with Daddy.

Jumping in the waves with Daddy and Mommy.

Spraying the sand off of Mommy.

And getting himself in the process.

Having a snack with Grandpa.

Playing baseball with Grandma.

Showing Grandma how to kick the baseballs.

Grandma showing us how it's done.

Batting coach.

Practicing his putting.

Watching the neighbor kids feeding cheese puffs to the sea gulls.

Checking out the sea shell collection with Daddy.

According to Wesley, only the big shell in his hand "works". It was the only one where you could hear the ocean, therefore the other ones were broken in his opinion.

Family portrait on the last day.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Beach trip 8 (last video)

Here's the last video from our trip. Daddy bought some sparklers and poppers to introduce Wesley to the 4th of July celebration idea. Wesley really loved the poppers. I didn't manage to catch some his louder cheers when they'd go off, but I think you can still tell that he likes them in this video.

I'll post pictures from the trip in a few days. I've got a couple from our video camera (lower image quality) but the good ones are coming from Grandma and Grandpa Pataky's in the mail.

Beach trip 7

Wesley spent a few minutes (not too long; it was HOT) playing baseball with Grandma and Grandpa Pataky. He actually seemed to enjoy fielding the ball more than hitting it. It's the other way around at home. There, he wants me to toss the balls back to him so he can hit them again and again and again and again and ....

Beach trip 6

Our friend Ginger (from grad school) and her kids came over from Raleigh to spend the day with us. Here's a video combo of them during high tide. The sand castle that's under water is the same one from the previous video (which was taken at low tide). Grandpa rebuilt the castle almost every day.

Beach trip 5

Day 2 Sand castle: demolition and decoration with seashells.

Beach trip 4

Sand castle on Day 2. They keep getting bigger!

Beach trip 3

After a long morning on the beach, Wesley needed some inside time. Here's Uncle Lanny teaching Wesley how to play Hungry Hungry Hippos.

Beach trip 2

After he got more used to the idea, Wesley enjoyed helping to demolish the sand castles. He never really got into knocking them down (like Ann and Mark used to), but he did have fun.

Beach trip 1

We took a week long trip to Emerald Isle, NC in June. Here is the first (of many) video from our beach trip. Grandpa Pataky got up every morning and built a new sand castle for Wesley. Here he is showing Wesley how to walk through the castle on our first morning.

2 year Birthday

We were a little slow getting videos off the camera recently, but here's a video of Wesley eating his birthday cake (in April). It's not as dramatic as last year's video, but still awfully cute.