Fun in the Sand... (Our First Family Vacation)

Our family vacation had been elusive.  We had been planing for almost 9 months for our first family vacation and beach trip.  But unfortunately circumstances kept making us have to cancel our plans and reschedule.  Ryan and I wanted to do this family trip before Landon was born.  We wanted to be able to take Ella to the beach for the first time!  Maybe I am just the odd one, but I love being able to do firsts with Ella (and now with Landon too).  It is important to us that we get to experience firsts with our kids and it just be our immediate family (aka the original 3, original 4 and now original 5).  So we finally found a window of time (the day after Ryan returned from one trip and left for another trip the day we returned) that would work!

We went to Orange Beach, AL.  It was about a 6 hour drive from Atlanta, super easy.  We had a wonderful time even though the weather wasn't as cooperative.  Ella loved playing at the pool but wasn't too interested in the beach (aka the sand).  The sand was difficult for her and she wanted nothing to do with it.  Here are a few pics of Our First Family Vacation!  

First view of the beach

First view of the beach

Dinner out on the intercoastal

Dinner out on the intercoastal

Taking a photo with our dinner...

Taking a photo with our dinner...

Beach discoveries

Beach discoveries

Splashin' in the waves

Splashin' in the waves

A stroll on the beach

A stroll on the beach

Trying again on day two

Trying again on day two

Loving the sun!

Loving the sun!