My mom and stepdad Gary joined us for the big beach outing. We all met at Indian Rocks beach and lugged all our chairs, towels, umbrellas, diaper bags, etc. out to the sand and set up camp. At first, Ellie did not seem impressed.
First time at the beach!
I'm not sure what she makes of it.
She may not be excited, but she sure is cute.
Ah yes, it's this crazy lady again. I remember her.
Ellie and Grammy at the beach
We also tried to make an impression of her footprint in the sand using a kit I bought online. You're supposed to make her footprint, place a frame around it and then pour in some plaster. When the plaster dries, you have a 3D impression of baby's foot. It was...okay. It wasn't what I expected but it wasn't a total bust.
Can you see her little footprint in there?
Welcome to the Gulf of Mexico, baby!
Oops! I think that wave was a little bigger than expected!
In the water with Daddy
Hold on to your hat!
Family beach time
Our beach setup
Ellie and Grammy
So, with giant umbrella in hand, we went for a little walk.
Someone actually came up to us and asked if she could take our picture for us because we were so cute!
Ellie found beach-going to be quite exhausting and passed right out.
Sleeping baby - a beautiful sight.
By that time we were about finished at the beach, so we packed up all of our stuff and marked this outing down as a very successful first beach experience for the little one.
That afternoon, Gary and Eric went golfing while my mom, Ellie and I went over to my stepsister Julie's house to visit. We enjoyed a Steak 'N Shake dinner there before calling it a day. We were exhausted, but it was such a fun day!
I think there are lots more beach bum days in Ellie's future, don't you?