It was amazing to watch how comfortable and confidant both Maddie and Charlotte got in the water during our time at the beach. At first Charlotte would not let go of my hands while in the pool, even with a floatie on. By the second day she was cruising all over the place by herself (always supervised) and didn't mind getting her face wet. Maddie went from using a floatie and staying on top of the water to ditching the floatie, jumping into the deep end and swimming under water. I don't trust her skills at swimming enough to leave her unattended, but she is getting really good at getting where she wants to go under the water. We really need to get her in swim lessons! For the first time this year we bought Maddie a coast guard approved life vest. It is so incredibly worth the money we spent! She did have time without the vest while we were in the water with her and were actively involved in her swimming, but most of the time she wore the vest....especially in the ocean. It gave us a little peace of mind when she was hopping from pool to pool and not right under our nose. She enjoyed the freedom that having the vest gave her and Dan and I felt better knowing that she had some support if she needed it. Plus, inflatable floaties aren't allowed at our city pools or state beaches, so the vest is really necessary!
Both girls made some friends at the pool and had a lot of fun seeing them every day and playing. We learned (and I guess we already knew this) that a family vacation is not very relaxing when you have young kids. The first morning they were up at 6:00 am. Our lives revolved around nap schedules and feeding schedules and bedtimes. And I find it incredible that we went to the beach and I came home almost as white as before we left! But alone time and sunbathing and sleeping in isn't why we went on vacation.....we wanted to have time away from everyday life with our kids and to have FUN and that is exactly what we got! It's so awesome watching my family grow!
Below are pictures from the beach and the pool. I didn't get a lot of opportunities to take pictures although I did manage to get nearly 600 shots! We were just so busy and much of our time was spent submerged in water, but I think I took enough photos to help us remember the fun we had. Not all of these pics were from the same day, but we wore the same bathing suits a lot. Pictures from the carnival to come.....stay tuned!
There was a floatie rolling down the beach
at high speeds incident.
With Dan, Charlotte and Maddie chasing after it.
I wish I had gotten it on film.
This is their triumphant return!