Tuesday, May 26, 2009

"Our Beach Is So Fun!"

For the Memorial Day weekend we went to Orange Beach, AL. The title of this post, "Our beach is so fun!", is a quote from Matt that he repeated several times over the weekend. He and McKenzie really enjoyed themselves as you can see in the picture to the left. I'm not sure if Matt thought that was "our" beach or if he was saying "Orange Beach".

We were very worried about the weather. All the forecasts said that we could expect 80% chances of rain every day without much chance of any beach time. We got there Friday afternoon and it had rained a little bit but had stopped by the time we got to our condo. Here's Matt and McKenzie right after we got out of the car at the condo...

...and here's the view we had from the condo.

We decided to go eat early so we could get back and try to take some pictures in case it was the only chance we had before the rain started. We went to Lulu's and got to sit by the water and saw a couple of dolphins swim by! I also took advantage of the "Butt Bucket"! I guess that's what they were for. :)

We were able to get a few pictures of the kids Friday evening before the rain started. Here are a couple....

Saturday morning was pretty depressing. We woke up to rain and the Weather Channel saying the rain chance for the rest of the day was 80 to 100%. We decided to say a little prayer there in the condo. We started to pray that God would give us just a little sunshine but if not, that we would have good attitudes and have fun anyway. When Matt realized we weren't saying the blessing and about to eat, he huffed off and stood in the kitchen with his arms crossed!

We decided we'd go to Target and maybe a movie and just try to find some other non-beach fun things to do. While we were in Target, we came back around to the front of the store and looked outside and saw........SUNSHINE!!! We wrapped up our Target visit quickly and hurried back to "our beach". Here are a few pictures from our RAIN FREE beach time on Saturday.

Matt made friends with an empty-nest couple and they let him play with their football.

Worn out from beach football!

After a few hours on the beach, we were ready to EAT. We went to Lambert's in Foley and stuffed ourselves silly.

Here's what I had.....

Oh, and it rained while we were at Lambert's. The sun came back out later in the afternoon and we hit the beach for more pictures.......

I love this one of Betty.

I checked the weather again Saturday night and the 80 to 100% chance of rain for Saturday and Sunday had changed to 5 to 10%!!! Amen!

Sunday was more beach time, more eating, and a little golf.

Matt was so focused on playing "golfball" that he didn't even realize that he cut his ankle on one of the bricks and rubbed a blister on his finger while he was playing.

"Where's my ball?"

Monday morning we ate a late breakfast at Tacky Jack's.

The food was great and the views were great, too. Betty had shrimp and grits and was still talking about them today!

One last picture before we left....Matt in his patriotic Memorial Day shirt and cool dude Mickey Mouse shades.

We had a wonderful time and of course took lots of pictures. If you want to see some more, click here to see some on my photography web site.


Betty said...

I've been waiting on the beach post. :-) The pictures are so good,and I can tell you I was praying probably about the same time y'all were and several other times during your trip. I kept looking at the internet and hoping that things would clear up because it certainly didn't seem like it would when you went.Of course we have to remember Who is ultimately in charge,and it's not the weatherman!I got tickled just picturing Matt with his arms folded,mad about eating when y'all prayed~I can see him now.I'll bet this the first and last time that Betty Ann will ever rush out of Target! --glad y'all made it safely home and that the weather decided to cooperate for y'all.
McKenzie and Matt, I LOVED all your pictures,but you look way too old in them!!(y'all's were good too,B.A.and David)
Betty Ward

martyandkenny said...

Great pics! I wish yall were going again in 2 weeks with us. Our favorite is on beach pic of the kids in swimsuits and sunglasses.

Love you,

Anonymous said...

Absolutley precious!!!

Tammy Grant said...

not anonymous!!! Tammy! HA! dont know how to work this ?#@* thing!!! Pictures were great!