Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Beach Pics#1: Fun in the Sun

Last week, Matt, Caroline, and I went to the beach (Emerald Isle) with Matt's parents a.k.a. Grammie and Grandpa. It was a wonderful vacation! The week was spent relaxing, catching up on some reading (if you haven't read Same Kind of Different As Me...you MUST read it!!), laying/walking on the beach, playing games, eating some good seafood, and most imporantly spending time with Caroline's sweet grandparents. Grammie and Grandpa live near Washington D.C. and don't get to see Caroline nearly as much as they would like. So it was wonderful to spend a whole week with them. They are such sweet, generous, fun (and I could go on with the adjectives :-) parents/grandparents!!
We arrived at the beach late at night and had to put Caroline to bed right after we arrived. Needless to say, we were SO excited to show Caroline the ocean for the first time. We took her down to the beach right when she woke up the next morning (that's why she is still in her pjs). Here she is seeing the ocean for the first time.
I think she likes it!
Here is Caroline touching sand for the first time. This wasn't the best idea because she quickly stuffed her sandy fingers in her mouth. She didn't seem to mind eating the sand but of course all of us freaked out. We cleaned her up quickly after that.Too cool for school!
Unfortunately, the water in the swimming pool was too cold for Caroline to swim in. So we filled up this baby pool which warmed up quickly. It was a fun alternative.

There is a good reason Caroline is wearing a swim shirt instead of a typical bathing suit (in case you're wondering). About a year ago, I had a mole removed that came back as a very early developing melanoma. Luckily, we caught it before it turned into a problem. Coincidentally, Matt's dad had a mole removed about two years ago and he was diagnosed with Stage 2 melanoma. Luckily, again, the cancer had not spread into his lymph nodes and he's currently considered to be in remission although these next few years are critical. Needless to say, Caroline has a very strong genetic tie to this cancer. My dermatologist even said she could possibly need to start having annual skin checks before the age of 10. So we will be diligent in protecting Caroline and any future kids from the sun. Hence, the swim shirt. We had to snap the pics below in a matter of minutes since Caroline was out from under our canopy. Sorry they're crooked.

I took over 100 pictures on our trip. Don't worry, I won't post them all :-) But I did have to break the posts up. More pics to come!!

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SarahFifer said...

So cute!! Glad ya'll had a good trip.

Travis and Andrea said...

Oh, they are all so cute!