Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Beach Trip Day 6

Grandpa built a "Claire" sandcastle

Family photo time!  The Rhodes family is first!

Here are some of the Cowles family

Grandpa and Grandma on the beach

The Nicol family is next

The kids entertained themselves between group shots.  Here's Wesley in his new Emerald Isle shirt (from the pirates)

The youngest three played King of the Mountain

"Are we done with all the photos now?!?"

Bev and Emily practice their ballroom dancing.

Group photo #1

And #2 (of the favorites from my camera; the shot that also includes Jodi, Chris, and Lucy is on a different camera)

The Pataky/Nicol clan

Annual photo of Aunt Ann with the kids

And, the required goofy photo shot.

Beach Trip Day 5

Claire drawing a mermaid in the sand.

She did the head and face and Mommy did the rest.

Then, she decorated the crown with shells and used them to create a necklace, ring, earrings, and bracelet for the mermaid.

The beach pirates visited the house again and left a scavenger hunt for the kids to help them find the treasure.

"X" marked the spot to dig

A treasure chest filled with Emerald Isle shirts and other goodies for the kids!  Thanks, pirates!

Uncle Andy and Aunt Cami head out to lunch.

The three youngest (Grady, Lucy, and Claire) have a jumping competition and take turns counting down to the "Cannonball!" or "Banzai!" jumps.

The kids wait while the pinata is set up.

An audience from above

Lucy (as the youngest) starts us off.

Uncle Mark is in charge of the pinata's height and movement this year.

Claire takes a turn.

Then Grady...



And Annika take their turns.
A particularly exciting moment for the kids; I think maybe Annika got a good "thwack" in.