Summer Vacation Blues

School is in full swing now, and chillier days are approaching.  I should be rummaging through hand-me-downs to make sure the kids all have jeans that fit.  It sounds much more fun to look at vacation pictures from our trip to St. Augustine, Florida!  We had a blast!

First, we all squeezed into the van with Grandma Cynti.  That’s right, we had 3 adults and 9 children in our 12 passenger van!  We prayed the rosary on the road.  Family prayer time always makes me so thankful for the blessings the Father has given us!


Here’s some road trip fun—



What did we do when we got to our condo?  Ran straight to the beach, of course!  It was so much fun meeting up with a few cousins, Grandma Margie, and Grandpa Randy—



We enjoyed a super hot, muggy day at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm—



Of course, we absolutely LOVED the beach—



We played lots of cards in the condo, just relaxing and enjoying our time together—



Good grief, aren’t they little angels while they are asleep?  They were worn out—



Florida_nMike took Drake and Blaise deep sea fishing on a vomit-inducing boat ride (glad I wasn’t there for that).





Mike, Kelsey, and Drake watched the sunrise!  I couldn’t manage to get out of bed.




Florida3Mike and I even snuck out for an evening walk on the beach by ourselves.  We saw a shooting star at the end of our walk!





On the way home, we stopped to picnic at Pinson Mounds State Park in Tennessee—



Traveling with so many little ones had its challenges.  The Lord teaches us such patience through our children.

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  1 Corinthians 13:1

Our loud family reminds me of a “noisy gong” and a bunch of “clanging cymbals.”  We have love, though.  Lots of love.  And seashells!



9 thoughts on “Summer Vacation Blues

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  2. Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!!!!! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing these. They made my day, and I have a smile on my face! Love and God Bless, SR


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