splashin’ in the waves

When we were at the beach we spent a good portion of the time splashing in the relaxing waves, floating on Maggie’s endless supply of floats or playing Frisbee.  All of which I caught on camera- again, yahoo for the water camera!!

Mimi and Jay
Uncle Bob and Aunt Nancy

Kenny, Aunt Holly and Maggie
love this one of Nicole!

a family shot!

this may not look like that great of a photo BUT there is a dolphin fin in the top left corner (yes, it is really small and hard to see but it's there)!!! That's what everyone was looking at...

Jay loved the Frisbee games.  He watched the first couple of games and then later on in the week he joined in with a little help from Jamie.  I wish you all could have seen his face and heard the squeals; he was having a grand time playing with everyone!

Jay's first toss
so excited to be included

Jay would get so sleepy after being out in the ocean for a while; with the rolling waves can you really blame him?  His eyes would start to get heavy and then he would rest his head on the shoulder of whomever was holding him.  One morning, mid-Frisbee game, he couldn’t resist actually falling asleep and crashed on Jamie for about 40 minutes.

getting sleepy
passed out
really, really passed out cold!

A few photos from after his nap; he woke up rather refreshed…

wearing Pepere's hat

Last but not least photos by Jay… the water camera is the only one that we really let Jay “play” with- it’s a whole lot more indestructible and far less expensive.  That being said here are a few of his masterpieces- I think we might have a budding photographer on our hands!

pool time at blue waters

Aside from lounging on the beach I am pretty sure that we spent the majority of our time hanging pool side while at Blue Waters. I think that by the end of the summer Jay might actually grow gills- seriously this little guys loves to swim! He hasn’t finished his swim lessons yet (we actually have quite a few more weeks left) but he can kick his little feet with the best of them.  Luckily Jamie thought to bring his underwater housing for our point and shoot camera so I was able to have a camera with me at all times- yea! Here are a handful of the photos that I got of people enjoying the pool.

our little fish- love how he you can see his smile in this one!
swimming to Mama
more swimming smiles
Maggie and Josh- posing underwater
even Grandpa took a dip in the pool!
Mimi and Grandpa
Maggie again :)
the steps of the pool were great for Jay; they had a big handrail and were really wide. He loved climbing in and out of the pool while we were swimming.


Jay "wearing" Daddy's sunglasses
more underwater posing
our fish swimming to the steps- and yes he actually would swim 2 or 3 feet on his own to the steps!

Jay really loved to hang out in the showers at Blue Waters, especially after he figured out how to use the foot sprayer all on his own.

shower fun

working the foot sprayer

love this one!

the first of the beach photos

Last Sunday (father’s day) Jamie, Jay and I headed down to Blue Waters Beach Club, a beachfront motel on Anna Maria Island, to spend the week with his family.  A week at the beach was a long standing tradition with the Vickers Clan who sat sea side year after year and while they took a break for a few years (10 to be exact) it was such a nice tradition to resume.  Everyone had a wonderful time, enjoying lazy mornings on the beach and in the waves, early afternoons in the shade, dips in the pool before supper, plenty of family meals, amazing sunsets and great conversations long into the night.

We have so many photos from our trip (surprise, surprise) I am not really sure where to even start!  So in an effort to not overwhelm anyone I think I will probably break it out into a few post- you’re welcome, I know you were thinking it ;)

Here you go with the first batch…

Maggie and her supply of floats
Jamie and Jay walking in the sand for the first time on the trip
Aunt Nicole, who I think was taking at photo of Jay- love her expression in this one
playing in the sand
Uncle Bob- the unofficial photographer
testing out the waves
group photo
I know that is not a great group photo but it cracks me up every time I see it, I love everyones expressions!
ice cream time
Jay was interested in sharing with anyone who had a spoon

Aunt Nicole relaxing in the shade of her hat
Jay and Mimi
Grandpa enjoying the shade
Jamie and Sean playing football- you can see the hotel in the background of the shot
building castles in the sand
the amazing super large tent, also known as the BAT
Aunt Holly the great
Jay with Pepere's hat
Jay trying out Aunt Nicole's hat
Pepere's splash art foot- can you see a heart?
a little boy who loves frisbee
coming in for the day
one tired little boy and his Daddy
Mama really enjoying the snuggle time

sneak peek

We just returned from a wonderful week at the beach.  And while the unpacking and laundry is calling I couldn’t resist posting this photo from our last night there.  Enjoy :) and I promise there will be many more to come…

here’s hoping

that you have a reason to smile this Monday, if not check out this goofball…

Disclaimer: did not put the shorts on his head.  He did this all on his own AND he wore them around the house for a good 20 minutes after he put them on.  Silly, silly boy…

first haircut

It’s photos like this,


yes, he got his hair from me (one of the many reasons that we knew the curls would not disappear when they were cut)

and especially this one…

one day before his haircut- believe it or not I did try to tame it this day

that made it really hard to ignore the fact that my little Jay Bird was in desperate need of his first haircut.  That and the fact that I  could no longer tame it with comb and a little water.  Knowing that his curls would not disappear (like so many people said they would) Jamie and I decided to bite the bullet when Aunt Holly opened the barber shop and to get it cut.  Bribed with a few jelly beans to sit still and sitting in his booster chair on top of an Outburst box he was transformed into a little boy… thanks Aunt Holly (the great) for the great new do!

checking out the tools
bribery at it's finest (that's Jamie's hand with the jelly bean in the bottom right corner)

"that tickles"
excited about his new look

I don’t have any great after shots- sorry; however, some of the most recent photos that have been posted show off the new do.  Check them out to see his handsome little self  :)

daddy time

We all love when Daddy gets home early enough from work to have some real play time; lately he’s only been around for dinner, bath and bedtime (darn those long work hours).  So when he does we all take full advantage :)

This was Thursday night when pony rides were being given around the house- much to Jay Bird’s delight.  Piper was really enjoying it too; she loves when Daddy (or anyone for that matter) is on the floor at her level!  She followed them around the whole house getting the occasional lick in when she could…

This however is Friday night when Jamie came home not feeling really well.  We realized that he had a fever close to 101 and since Jay has been teething and can be pretty cranky they opted for a little snuggle time and Toy Story over pony rides.  Dolce joined in for a snuggle too.

p.s. Jamie’s fever broke sometime Friday night and while he is not feeling 100% yet, he is feeling a whole lot better.


About a week ago, I ran to our room to grab something quickly (leaving Jay alone in the family room) and when I returned the house was super-duper quiet.  This usually means that my little Jay Bird is up to no good so I braced myself for what I would find.  This is what I saw…

So, so  glad that my camera was sitting right there on the counter!