Saturday, August 16, 2014

Beach Week 2014

Galveston Beach Week 2014 has come and gone and we're already looking forward to next year!
4 generations
24 people
2 nephews with fiancés
Celebrating 30+ years of family traditions and cherished memories
There is so much that happens during beach week that we don't take time to stop, pick up a camera and record with a photograph...talks on the deck, games on the beach, working puzzles, playing inside games, Mom making scrubbies, the tradition of having 3 friends come and visit who are family members at heart, lots of laughter, rounding up toys at the end of the day, mealtimes, late night games and discussions...but those times are permanently recorded in our hearts and minds.  My brother-in-law, Mark, and Larry served as our main chefs for the week.  That is probably why Mark was able to avoid the camera. 
With over 200 pictures to choose from, these are a few of my favorites.....
Grandson David
Chad and David with the traditional
swinging in the water.

Granddaughter Ryen

Chad and Ryen
Great nephew, Eli, and his Uncle Andrew
Great nephew Josiah
Eli and David
David and Eli spent hours digging
with the diggers.
David, Chad, Ryen
Ryen, David, nephew Adam, Eli
David digging
Eli digging
Ryen digging
David and my niece, Sarah
Learning about erosion.  They dug a river and made
it deeper by pouring water in it several times a day.
Making a volcano.
Digging to make a car 
Granddad helping David prepare the dirt for the car.
The car
 My Mom and Josiah
Ryen and Larry
A working vacation for David and Ryen
With two tents set up, a cool breeze, and Larry 
and Chad to carry me over the stretch of soft sand,
I was able to enjoy the beach and see the action.
After Granddad finished taking pictures with
my phone, Ryen needed to make some calls.

Nephew Adam, Jordan, Josiah, Eli

The walker was shared often this week
by Ryen and Josiah
Ryen and Josiah
Eli and Josiah
 When you celebrate your birthday during
Beach Week, sometimes you get to open one
(or maybe 3) of your gifts from grandparents early.
We celebrated David's upcoming 4th birthday.
Reminded me of all the years we did the same for
Brad and Chad during Beach Week.
David opening gifts.
My sister, Robin, Kirk, Josiah
Brad and Melinda having dinner out one evening.
Nephew Andrew and Melissa
Melissa and Andrew took most of the pictures this week.
Nephew Kevin and fiancé, Amy
Sister, Micki, and Ryen
One of Beach Week traditions is a game of miniature golf,
at Magic Carpet, with snow cones afterwards.
The dark skies were a blessing.  The rain held off, there was
 a cool breeze, and it was enjoyable to watch our golfers.
Magic Carpet Golf
Nephew Erich and fiancé Brittany
David and Larry
Lori and Ryen

Lots of sweet times, with some
 even captured by the camera.
Psalm 133
How good and pleasant it is
    when brothers (and families) live together in unity!
It is like precious oil poured on the head,
    running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
    down on the collar of his robe.
It is as if the dew of Hermon
    were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
    even life forevermore.

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