Monday, October 31, 2011

My Husband the Super Hero

The Irishman was a fan of super heroes from an early age.


Some things never change…



Now he’s training the next generation of super heroes.



It must be working. Caitlin went to Target dressed like that on Saturday. Just because.


(She plays with the donuts and cookies more than she actually eats them. I just realized the amount of junk food pictured with Caitlin here! She ate three half donut holes and two bites of cookies. She will tell you they are all hers though. We are in a “mine” stage.)


They are my SUPER family!

Love it!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Just the Girls

The hotel had a 10am check out time, but when the kids wake up at 7am a trip to the beach is not out of the question! The Liverpool game was on TV, so Nana, Caitlin, and I headed off for a quick trip to the beach.


It was glorious!


(This one is a video – for the family who get an e-mail when I post you will want to click over to see it!)


I tried to get a video of her in action, but she wasn’t having any of it.

I got it in the end though. I love the grin at the end.

Caitlin seemed to enjoy the trip with the girls.



I just wanted to soak it all up. It was absolutely lovely.


I love getting to spend one of one time with my girl.

I hated for the week to end!


I *thought* this was the end of the beach pictures, but I just found another batch. Who needs chronological order?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I’m out of beach related titles…

I guess it is no surprise if you know us that we love the beach. I'm not even going to guess how many times I've used "Life's a Beach." I’m still going through pictures from our Sanibel trip so I'll have to work on a few more titles.


We remembered visiting this particular beach on our previous trip to the island and have talked about it…as in, “Wouldn’t it be great to take Caitlin to the lighthouse beach?”


We spent hours here over the week we were on vacation. These pictures were from our final full day. It was also the day the iPhone 4s came out. We’d unsuccessfully (more on that later!) lined up at a Sprint store before they opened, so Nana decided to stay at the hotel and nap while the rest of us headed to the beach.


I swear each day we went was better than the day before. The weather was perfect. The beach wasn’t too crowded. It was lovely!





I also discovered on this trip that I have minivan envy. We had to rent a car big enough to fit four adults and two car seats. I have always been against SUVs and big vehicles. I have no problem with my car…except that now we cannot fit anyone but our family of four in the car. This is problematic when you have company as often as we do. It stinks to have to take two cars every where we go!

We are not buying a new car anytime soon, but gee it would be nice!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

By the Light of the Moon

On the evening of our first full day in Sanibel we decided to squeeze in a second trip to the beach that day. The idea was to drive to a different beach to test it out. The adults didn’t plan on swimming, but we put Caitlin in her suit in case she decided to wade into the water.

It was a beautiful harvest moon.


Caitlin dug in the sand.


The adults admired the moon and the sunset.


I took pictures.


What you can’t see are the bugs! The mosquitos were like nothing I have ever seen before. As soon as the sun went down they were all over us! We literally ran back to the car to escape. Needless to say we decided not to head back to the beach at dusk!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Going Green at the Beach

While in Sanibel I was determined to get a nice family picture. We brought these outfits with us. After a morning swim we handed the camera over to Granda and tried to get a photo of our family of four.


The subjects were a little squirmy, but he did a nice job!



Full disclosure? Caitlin had taken off and was running towards the parking lot until the garbage truck drove up and frightened her. We’ll just pretend that she was happily holding my hand as we walked along the beach…


I’m a sucker for matching outfits…


and for these cuties!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Baa Baa

A few photos of our little guy hanging out by the pool.


The shirt is from Aunt June – we love it!





I have SO many other pictures to go through but I haven't found the time! The Irishman and I have finished off a bottle of cough medicine between the two of us. While we are (slowly) improving, I was just plain worn out this morning. I dozed on the couch before Mass and woke up to find myself covered in Sesame Street stickers. Talk about a Mommy moment!

After that I stayed home and slept/took it easy for the day while the Irishman and his parents took Caitlin to Mass and then to the mall. She came home and took a nice long nap. Morgan finally tracked down the iPhone he has been pining after, so he too was thrilled! (More on that later…) I am feeling better tonight so I took the two kids for a walk while the Irishman finished cooking up a nice Sunday dinner of corned beef and cabbage. It has actually turned out to be a lovely day!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


While most of our vacation was spent at the beach or in the pool, we did spend some time out of the water. I was a little worried about how Caitlin would do in the hotel without her usual toy baskets around.

She played with my Cookie Monster PJs…


The witches’ hat I threw in the bag….




And of course her favorite stuffed animals. Only the best made the cut.



It turns out my concerns were unfounded!