Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Day in Seaside

We spent the second full day of our trip in Seaside. It was just as neat as I thought it would be. First we walked around the center of the little town.



My sister was in a wedding at this chapel last summer. Poor thing.







We ate at this little restaurant and sat outside under some magnolia trees. By the time our food came we were about to pass out from the heat and Annabeth was beside herself. It was a two-spilled-drinks kind of meal. But I had fried fish sandwich that was very tasty.





Not even dum dums helped Annabeth's mood.





At the end of our meal we learned there was a little playhouse right around the corner. I wish we had known that before all our drinks got knocked over.











Here's a glimpse of the cute little post office and the row of airstream food trucks.



We couldn't take the heat any longer and it was time to swim!



This is one of AB's experimental smiles. There were many.









Jackson loved the boogie board. I followed him down the beach as he drifted with the current. When we got too far, I would pull him through the waves back to our home base. It was a lot of fun and a great work out for me.



Annabeth's first reaction to the beach at Seaside was to dance and twirl in the water.



I might have done this too if I'd been alone.



I've never seen anything more adorable.





A little gymnastics never hurts.


Here's my little surfer boy. We had a blast together. There aren't as many pictures of him because when I was focused on him, I was actually in the water.


Aber spent a lot of time doing this kind of thing.





So sassy.



I love this picture so much.













It was an epic day in the Jones Family History.



We left Seaside with happy hearts and empty sunscreen bottles. It was truly one of the best few hours of my life. I hope I never forget the feeling of joy and thankfulness I had when I was riding the waves with Jackson and watching my daughter twirl on the seashore.

35 comments:

Kristen said...

How sweet! Love all the pictures!

Kelly @ Love Well said...

The picture of AB's chubby little feet....

This is vacation perfection, Amanda. So many great memories.

Kristen@Chasing Blue Skies said...

OH, Amanda! You are making me miss the beach!

Your kiddos are adorable. I especially love the pic of your cherubs sitting on the stairs together. So, so cute!

Enjoy your beautiful, sun-kissedl, fun-filled family vaca! And happy summer. :)

Marc and Charity said...

This is a precious post. I feel I need to go to this precious little town. (You look great, girl!)

Lori said...

We love Seaside! We went for our honeymoon 9 years ago and have been twice since. It has grown a lot over the 9 years we have going and because of that I feel has lost some of it's charm but it is still one of my all time favorite places! RoseMary Beach is really great and a little more affordable....it is just down the road. We went there last summer and then just spent a day in Seaside. Glad you had a great time.

Kristen Maddux said...

My daughter has the same shirt (and wears bows in her hair)! Lovely pictures. I too savor those moments where everything looks just as you hoped in life (maybe even better). :)

Fran said...

We did the exact same thing when we were in PCB at Thanksgiving. We drove to Seaside for the evening and LOVED LOVED IT!!! They had their Christmas parade that night which I will never ever forget. Just as quaint and sweet as you would imagine!

We will definitely go back next week while we are there. I have some shopping to do. ;) I will think of you, my friend. Maybe even twirl around in the water.

((hugs))
Fran

Marla Taviano said...

Love, love, love. You'll remember this day forever.

Jamie said...

These pictures are perfect!!!

Georgia Jan said...

Amanda - I love that you visited Seaside Beach - we love it there too. We've been going to San Destin every October - it is perfection!

These are the sweetest pictures ever - your family is precious.

Much love,
Gran Jan (G.J.)

Rhonda said...

It will be so wonderful to look back on these pictures in a few years:) What a fantastic time you had!

Kerri said...

These are so precious! Hope you enjoyed our emerald coast as much as we do! I certainly feel closer to Him every time I am there making memories with my kiddos.

Pajama Mama said...

So glad that you got to visit Seaside. We go to Santa Rosa Beach often and love hanging out at Seaside and Watercolors. Looks like you made fun memories...

Joni said...

We were just in Seaside on the 11th....I love that little town. And we ate at Pickles too:) Fun! Fun! Fun!

Kendra said...

I LOVE that picture of the kids on the steps together. And my little 2 yr old has that same turquoise suit from Target - love it!

Reese Ray said...

That is PRECIOUS!! Seaside is one of my all time favorite places! Glad your family had such a sweet day together!

Jennifer said...

Those are some gorgeous pictures. I have never seen the blue ocean either (well, except for Hawaii 1 time). We always went to Galveston too and that is just nasty. This is definately a place I am begging my husband to take me and the kids to.

Talley Family said...

My sweet Anna Beth has the same swim suite. We are going to Seaside in the fall and we can't wait. Thanks for sharing.
Crissy

amybhill said...

i love the one where jackson and annabeth are getting ready to walk onto the beach and he's got his cute little arm around his sweet little sis. as the older ladies at the farmers market always tell me, "these are the days to treasure." sometimes its tough to do while in the throws of parenting. but sometimes, time just stops... thank you for sharing <3

Bobbie said...

These pics are wonderful! The kids look like they had great day...love the powdered sugar sand! My favorite beaches!

sterlingsop said...

Simple pleasures like these are what make the world go round!

I loved your photos. Your children are super cute and it's lovely to see their smiles as they played in the sand and the water. I'll never forget the first time my children paddled in the sea...breathtaking!! (Literally...it was so cold lol!)

Sarah said...

Love these pics. The kids are too adorable - esp. Jackson with the missing teeth. Love AB's bow with her swimsuit, a southern baby in style! :) Thanks for sharing - so glad you could have this great experience! :)

A Doring Family said...

Beautiful pix! Adorable children!

Julie Anne said...

this makes me want to twirl and dance in the ocean waves!! :)

amybhill said...

*throes* - sorry its been bugging me since i submitted my comment - lol :)

Ellen @ The Hairbow Chronicles said...

I have a picture of my oldest daughter, who will be 5 next month, as a 2 year old holding my hand right there at the white fence leading to the beach--and putting her toes in the sand for the first time with a delighted look on her face. Such an idyllic spot! And then she saw the waves and ran screaming...but for a moment it was, indeed, idyllic. How time flies!!

Shelli Littleton said...

So fun, Amanda! Never been there, but we love Navarre beach. So beautiful, and there is hardly anyone ever there. The girls love the boogie boards, too ...and once we kept getting stung by tiny pieces of jelly fish. That was not fun! :) AB's smiles ... think that is about the age when I started having the girls take pictures with a "solemn" look ... I'd say, "Look at the flower" ... snap that picture!

katiegfromtennessee said...

I'm having trouble commenting on your blog, but I'll try again...love the pics and the beach trip recap:) The toes pic is super cute:)

brianna said...

I was just in seaside two weeks ago, (and my 2 year old has A's same blue suit-i need to go back and buy bigger sizes for summers in the future, i love it!) looks like y'all had a great time i know we did! Seaside is such a cute town!

Cyndi@Walking in His Grace said...

Love your pictures of Seaside! We were there the week before. It's my favorite "beach" place in the world! So much fun!
Blessings,
Cyndi

Terry said...

Lovely kids! It's a great feeling when you see your kids enjoying at the sea side..kids love water.

Tammy said...

Great pics!

LaynahRose said...

Happy hearts and empty sunscreen bottles is the way life needs to be all the time. I just cant get over your cute kids! The picture with both of your toes and her twirling are my faves. Precious.

Mandy said...

so fun! we love seaside! have visited there 3 times now while in the area. it is such a wonderful little town! this past april we had some yummo bbq from one of the airstream food vendors! thanks for sharing!

Janelle and Ella said...

SO precious!!! Love y'all!