O.C. 2017

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Last week we went on vacation to Ocean City, NJ. We almost didn’t make it, though, because our van broke down the day before we were going to leave. Thankfully, our already booked mechanic took pity on us, and we were able to get an emergency fix!

Rache and I got to see the sunrise one morning before the kids got up.

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Every morning we’d load up on pancakes, yogurt and berries, then head down to the beach. On Monday Grandma and Grandpa came for a visit. So did our friends Matt, Ev, Sto and Leo. It was great to have them all!

Every day was filled with digging holes, flying kites, building sandcastles, swimming, boogie boarding, working on our tans, and eating lots of food.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I got to take the kids down to Hoy’s Five and Ten. They all bought a stuffy and a rubber band gun.

Rache and I got out for plenty of walks while Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop watched the kids. We even got a photo shoot in.

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I impressed the kids with my jumping skills. Here a picture from this year and one from 2016.

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Too much fun

Day 6, OC Beach Vacation 2016. Our time is winding down here. We leave tomorrow. It’s raining steadily this morning. Today might be filled with inside activities – games, drawing, hide and seek – whatever their little minds can think of, or make us think of because they can’t think of anything.

My dear sister, Zoe, pointed out to me in a 75%-jesting, 25%-hurt sort of way that I didn’t give her any props or shout-outs on my blog this week. Well, Zoe, here’s your shout-out. I love you, and thanks for coming to the beach, spending time with us, and helping out so much with the kids to give us many, undeserved breaks. You and yours could’ve chosen a much more peaceful way to spend a week of vacation. But you chose to spend it with us. We are so grateful, and it’s been so fun to be together!

Thanks for bringing your camera, too, and letting Rachel and Micaela have so much fun snapping photos with it. They love it. So as a special way to give you props, below you will see a (c)Zoetography in pictures you took. Because everyone wants just a few good family photos. Thank you.

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Annie, shielding herself from the wind. (c)Zoetography
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Daddy, checking to see if he’s still got air. (c)Zoetography
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The girls, showing off their jewelry. Plus Emeth. (c)Zoetography
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Photo taken by Micaela. Out of focus, but I still love this one.

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I love Talia’s face in this one. The effort. The drive. The will to perfect her craft.
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Dead crab
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Open to interpretation. (c)Zoetography
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A jet pilot with time to kill. (c)Zoetography
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My baby girl, all grown up. (c)Zoetography
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Stop, Talia. Please. Just stop. (c)Zoetography