7.22.2009

beach trip!

we were pretty nervous about taking a road trip to our annual beach vacation with a 7 week old along for the ride, but decided to be tough and go for it. apparently, god thinks we are so capable that a 7 hour car ride with baby wasn't challenging enough. so we also got 2 breakdowns of our car thrown in for good measure: first, when we were within sight of the highway on-ramp to start the trip and on the way home right outside the GA border, 100 miles from home- both on sundays. thank god jesse had his parents triple-A card on him or else we would have had a $700 towing bill for the second fiasco and would have never found an awesome repair shop open on sundays to fix us and get us on our way on the first episode (during which they tried to warn us about our bearings, which was what went wrong on the way home...oops, should have listened). despite the inconvenience and the money we had to spend, we are so so so thankful that these issues happened when and where they did considering there are many stretches of our drive that have no cell phone service and are in the middle of nowhere.

the harpers, our adopted family who we have taken this trip with for the past 5 years, saved our sanity on the way home since we were caravanning (we had actually just said our goodbyes to split off for the last leg) and beth and the lil'est harper, grayson, were able to pull a rapidly deteriorating me and a surprisingly calm judah out of the situation (barely in the shoulder of the highway, 95 degree weather, car and AC off, jesse standing perilously close to the road=STRESS level max for me which helps no one) and take us home in their car while jesse and the big harper boys stayed with our car and then enjoyed a lovely 100 mile towtruck ride in what must be the world's only towtruck with a back seat that could accommodate jesse + all 3 big harpers and the driver. what a miracle.

despite the bookend car dramas the time in between was a dream, full of volleyball, seafood, beach, swimming, naps, reading and FUN and we had such a blast. here are a few highlights plus all the photos can be found HERE

not a great start: thats our trusty car in the window. jesse and garrett swear they didnt plan their outfits
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ready for his first trip to the pool and beach
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not just the first time on the sand, but also judah's first ever time touching down on planet earth
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love this outfit from my mom
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the harpers!

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beach fam

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if you think this outfit's cute...

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...then you'll think its double the cute on daddy AND judah! the first of many twinsies, i promise!

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what would the beach be without his signature pose?

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the harper boys: judah's "broncles", part brothers, part uncles.

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