If you’ve followed us for some time, you know that every year we head down to Pawleys Island, SC for Thanksgiving. It’s our family tradition. We love early winter on the beach. Typically, the weather is nice enough to spend some time out there, but not too hot where you’re miserable. We usually even see some brave kids (who must be from way farther north than us), in the water in their swimsuits. We walk, play games, fly kites, and enjoy the salty sea air. We look forward to it every single year. It’s so nice to have that light at the end of the fall wedding season tunnel.
This year was extra special, because it was Ada’s first trip to the ocean. I want to say she loved it, but I’m not sure. Fascinated might be a better word. She stared at everything, took it all in, and despite our many efforts and silly faces barely let out a smile when we were near the water. Maybe she didn’t like the cold air hitting her face, or maybe there were too many distractions. Who knows. She was still the cutest little beach baby I’ve ever seen. Of course, we did several mini shoots out there with us and her, because we had to document this first trip well!
When we weren’t trying to get her to smile on the beach, we were enjoying our family. We played a different game almost every night, took in beautiful sunsets, watched to way too many youtube videos (my dad discovered the joy that is mirroring your phone to the tv through apple tv), ate tons of good food, and I got to catch up on my baby snuggles I was missing from fall’s craziness. It was a truly lovely week.
We discovered that Ada doesn’t exactly like big crowds. More than once we had to take her out of the room to calm her down when she’d been passed around one too many times. I thought she was an extrovert, but I guess not. She, almost instantly, started crying every time my sister-in-law picked her up. It became our running joke of the week. Which is hilarious, because out of everyone in the family, she’s the baby person! We’ll see if Ada remembers her when we get back together this weekend for Christmas : )
She did give lots of smiles…I mean, LOTS OF SMILES! That’s one happy little baby when she’s not being held by Kim or staring at the ocean, haha. She decided she wasn’t interested in showing off her belly to back roll until practically everyone had left at the end of the week. But once she got going, she did about 20 in a row! I was so proud of her too, she stuck to her schedule and slept SO well practically the entire week! I was worried we’d get knocked off, but nope, she takes after her momma with that one. Loves her schedule!
I’m not sure if we’ll get down there before summer again, but I can’t wait to take her back then. She’ll be almost 1 and I’m sure will be adorable in her little bikini in the sand : )
My serious little girl!
Check out how her hair is changing colors! And those streaks! Beautiful!
Love this one of me and my girlie!
This is what she did every single time Kim held her.
Cousin time : )
See TiTi, she cries for CC too!
The smartest move I’ve made so far is teaching my sister how to use my camera : ) Thank you CC for these pics of us!
Look a smile!!!!
Everyone says Ada looks like Kyle, but I think she looks like my sister!
Sunset on the marsh is my favorite!
Love my family!
My sister and I don’t look anything alike, right?!
A new fave with my girl!
And a last sunrise captured by Kyle!