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
Grandma
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

a very special book to share

It’s no secret around here that our little Jay Bird loves a good book.  He will crawl up into almost anyone’s lap, book in hand and sign “please” practically begging you to read to him.  I challenge you to try and say no to his sweet little face; I simply don’t think it’s possible.

A little more than a month ago I ordered a very special book for Jay to share with all of our friends and family.  Little by little, he crawled into each of their laps and had them read to him.  Why is this book, “Things I Love…” so special you ask? Well, the end of this book marks a very exciting beginning for our family…

It reads…

But while I have loved being the number one son,

I know being a BIG BROTHER will be much more fun!!

Baby #2 due Thanksgiving 2011!!!!!!

Jamie , Jay and I are so very excited to share that this Thanksgiving we will have one more thing to be grateful for- a brand new baby, a fourth member of our family!!

And while we weren’t able to tell everyone in person I did have my camera out when we did and here are some of their reactions.  They weren’t as shocked as the ones we had when we told them about Jay but they were fun to get on camera just the same!

party mugs

LOVE is what I have for these photo booth pictures!  I am so happy we ended up doing the photo booth and after taking a look at these I am sure you can probably see why, they are so much fun :-)

By the way, this would be a great post to use the new “slideshow-ish” feature if you wanted- there is a crazy amount of pictures since I couldn’t narrow them down at all.  Just click on the first image below and take a look!



cousin pictures

Every year when everyone is together (which is usually only at the holidays) Jamie’s family takes a cousin picture.  Last year they (the Moms and Dads/ Aunts and Uncles) made every cousin a book with all of the pictures- it was so cool to see everyone grow up from year to year.  And also pretty darn funny to see some of the clothing (a lot of it was from the 80’s and early 90’s).  This year Jay (since he is a cousin too) was included in the picture.  I can’t wait to see this picture continue to grow as the family continues to grow!

some other group shots that I (or others) took that day…

the Perreault kids plus me and Jay
Cooper kids
Constant Family shot
Mary Beth and Sean
Mary Beth and Michael
Mimi and her girls
Jamie and his sisters

christmas catch up…

We took so many pictures over the holidays and I have been steadily trying to play catch up.  I have finally sorted through all of our holiday ones so here they are…

Sit back, relax and stay awhile :-)

Jay and Mommy playing ball with Piper
Daddy and Jay playing four square (they made a good team) at the Holly/Holly Birthday party
YAHA playing four square- one of my two favorites from the game pics
a Mimi victory dance- my other favorite
Mary Playing a solo at the annual Sing-a-long
I can't remember what song this was- maybe Josh would?
Aunt Nancy getting the Sing-a-long quilt, it was beautiful
Christmas Eve- the bows were so much fun!
beautiful tree- spoiled family
Santa came- Jay must have been good this year!
proof that Santa was here- reindeer tracks in our family room!
Christmas morning

playing with his new pull toy
Perreault Family picture- 2010
Jay's first Christmas walk around
the parade...
dancing to holiday tunes with YAHA and Mary Beth
Scott and Frannie
Daddy with a sleepy boy after his nap
Grandmom and Jay opening presents
unwrapping time!
annual holiday picture
annual goofy picture of Scott and Frannie (or at least annual for Scott)
Grandmom and Jay by the tree
trying to get a group shot
a little better this time

sunday fun day

If you thought Saturday looked like fun you should be jealous of our Sunday.  To top off our weekend, Jamie, Jay and I spent the majority of our day at Mimi and Pepere’s house hanging out with Aunt Nicole, doing a little bit of swinging, watching Jeremiah cook and filling our bellies with the most delicious food!  Did I mention that Jeremiah is a chef?  Well he is and he’s a darn good one; I think all of us could have been rolled straight from the table to bed that night!  It was such a wonderful (food coma inducing) day filled with family and laughter, and seriously, nothing tops that!

Yesterday, after going through the half gazillion pictures I took (a lot of which were food pictures- btw, I am more of a people-picture-taker than a food photographer but it was fun to try something new) I played around with aperture for a while.  Enjoy a storyboard of sorts from our Sunday…