This year was your second trip with the Patten clan. (You were only four weeks old when you participated in your first family vacation.) Almost a year older, you got to really experience the joys of the Outer Banks for the first time and play in the ocean and in the sand. Mommy and daddy were fully prepared for a week of changing poopy diapers full of sand, but, to our surprise, you never consumed one drop. You were mesmerized by the texture of the sand and even tried to throw it around, but you never put any in your mouth. And the ocean... You loved it! We had to constantly keep an eye on you to make sure you didn't get knocked down by a wave. Its vastness and its enormity did not scare you. You seemed determined to conquer it.
We were also lucky enough to have a pool at the beach house we rented. Unfortunately, the water was much too cold for swimming, but it warmed up by the end of the week. While we waited for it to warm up, we made due with your very own blow up pool.
All week you got to spend time with all your cousins and aunts and uncles. You aren't used to being around so many people, but you LOVED the attention. I think our favorite time during vacation was the night we all went to the beach to take pictures. Here are some of the shots we captured:
It was wonderful vacation. We got to reconnect with family and see you grow up before our very eyes. We were sad to see our time end so quickly, but it just made us that much more excited for next year's vacation!
You have a whole year to rest up until the next one!