6/15/10

Just Add Water

What do you get when you take a gorgeous view,

a good looking man,

a handmade beach blanket,

the cutest baby on the beach,

with those sweet little toes,

an adorable hat,

and a little yellow number that I bought back in January awaiting this very vacation?

One of my favorite memories this year.


We stole off to a quiet, mostly empty stretch of beach to get a few shots of Ruby in her little swimsuit and to try to take a dip in the warm gulf water. The air was warm and heavy with big, fluffy summer time clouds and our little girl was well rested and happy to oblige. Brett took a swim while I spread out the beach blanket that I stayed up past midnight the night before we flew out to finish and entertained Ruby with a plastic spray bottle and my sunglasses.

Once Brett got back in (you can see him in the water in the photo below) I headed out to bob in the waves (imagine a warm bath full of green pulp) and remember all those summers past that I spent anchored in a sand bar in view of our condo. One year I was out there when a few dolphins swam past and at the same time scared and thrilled me. This year I lasted about five minutes before the silence (lack of tourists in inner tubes) and my wild imagination got the best of me.

I got back to our blanket to let the sun dry my suit. Ruby was hungry again so I laid down to nurse her and realized that I had green pulp stuck all over me! She latched on before I could get it off and had herself a little seaweed lunch. I am pretty modest about nursing, especially in public places, but there were enough boobies showing on the beach that day that I figured no one would really take notice.

We stayed long enough to notice the couple about fifty yards away that got up to play badminton were both wearing thongs and that we weren't the only ones talking about it. We took Ruby's cues that she needed another nap, packed up our gear, and strolled back down the beach to our condo. I could hear bits of conversations behind us as we walked suddenly touching on babies and the first time they brought their kids to the beach. It was such a sweet afternoon.

Thanks for letting me share.
xoxo,
Rachel

54 comments:

bella vintage said...

Ruby is so cute..you just want eat her up! my time flies and there not babies any more like my Zo....

angela said...

What a perfect day! U look so beautiful basking in the sun. Ruby is delightful.

Xoxox
Angela

Robin. said...

she is adorable :O)
what a fun memory to treasure always!

Meg said...

gorgeous photos!! and i love, love, love that blanket! you find the sweetest fabrics. ruby looks so ridiculously cute. looks like a magical vacation!

Bekka said...

Sounds lovely. Well...minus the thongs. But lovely otherwise. :)

cait said...

What a perfect day.. and such beautiful memories. I've said it before and I'll say it again - you have one beautiful baby Rachel!
xo cait

Christie Nacole said...

You have such a cute family! I love the new blanket too. You are so talented!

lisaroyhandbags said...

Sounds like the perfect day and you'll have those memories forever. Ruby looked adorable in her little yellow number! Great post. : )

Karisse said...

I love that blanket! How did you make it?

Kara said...

a) You're seriously, seriously beautiful.
b) Your tattoo rocks!
c) This post makes me want to have a family <3

Jazmyn Alexandria said...

That 4th picture is just way too adorable!!
I love her little bathing suit!

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Melissa said...

i feel a little more relaxed after spending the day on the beach with you. thanks. tomorrow i am off for a real-for-me day at the beach. yeah!!!

Alice Clair said...

What a beautiful post. I can't wait to have a baby of my own to take to the beach! Ruby is adorable!

Aura said...

How perfect. Michael and I just got back from the beach last month, and we talked about how our one-day baby's first trip would be to the beach.
These pictures will be so sweet for her to look back on, one day.

I adore that beach blanket. I think a square of it is the sheet I mentioned I had, before. It's in my last picture post...it served as our picnic blanket this weekend. Old fabric & sheets make me a happy girl.

Rachel said...

looks completely perfect x

Roxy said...

Such a cute baby and it looks like an amazing day on the beach.

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messyfunmommylife said...

I read your blog everyday just to see the pictures of this adorable little baby. Seriously, she is the cutest thing ever.

I think I just started baby talking to my monitor.

Big Yellow Dog said...

I LOVE her swim suit and that sweet hat! My brother's family was down on the gulf all last week (in panama city) and said that where they stayed was crowded and terribly commercialized. This beach looks delightful! These pictures have me itching for a beach trip!
Margaret

Sandy a la Mode said...

she is soo adorable! LOVE the yellow suit! looks like you had a precious time!

Alli (One Pearl Button) said...

Aw, that sounds like a perfect beach day! I love the photos.

Anna said...

this is the 1st post that popped up in my google reader & it made my morning! beautiful family & beautiful photos. Love that beach blanket too.

margot said...

omg rachel this is the prettiest post ever. j'adore your family. so sweet!

Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

Ruby is so sweet. I have to tell you that I saw you were vacationing with your hubby a few days ago, and I didn't realize you had taken Ruby, so I was thinking, "How does she do it??!!" Ruby and my sweetie are around the same age. We delivered around the same time, and my sweetie is attached to my hip right now! So I was bewildered. ;)
Also, would you mind sharing where you got that adorable swimsuit? I'd love to snag one for my little love.
You look gorgeous, by the way!!

Tracey said...

Do you think they do that yellow number in my size?!

Stacy said...

Aw, love the post! Our little girl is due in October and I can't wait till we can start having fun little family vacations like that to the beach...sigh. :)

RachelDenbow said...

The little yellow swimsuit is from Target (they may still have them!) and the hat is from Old Navy.

THanks for all the nice things!

Carol Anne said...

That vacation looks so perfect! I want to go to the beach so bad! I hope we get to go somewhere near the water for our vacation this year!

Alex said...

This is the sweetest post ever! I'm so happy for you and your family to get away to enjoy each other. You took such beautiful pictures of this perfect day and I know you'll cherish them forever.

She is so precious and the bathing suit is adorable!

With Love, Jamie said...

Aww, that looks so amazing :) :)

Katie said...

These photos are so idyllic. And I looove that blanket. Thanks for sharing your lovely day with us!

Amanda said...

Precious! We are taking our 11 month old to the beach next week, I hope she loves it! Enjoy the rest of your vacation! Oh, and no oil or tar balls? We'll be in Destin the end of July... hope it gets cleaned up or stays away!

Pinkzombies said...

i gotta say that is the cutest baby on the beach in my favorite color of the season with some wonderful ruffles.

Nf1andprek-whisper said...

oh if only I had a daughter so sweet and the beach hat on her... Love it.. love the photos

Amie said...

Lovely Pics! My mom and dad get so mad at parents these days that are worried to take their kids anywhere, especially the beach. They took me to the beach when I was 3 days old, no joke. I think that's why I love it so much - started from a young age!

Lovely photos, Ruby is adorable!

kimi said...

holy cuteness!!
what a beautiful memorable day!

Asha said...

Wait, where was Sebastian? I re-read the whole post to see why he wasn't with you and no mention.

RachelDenbow said...

Asha,

Sebastian was napping in the condo with my grandparents, brother, and whoever else was in at the time.

We had 11 people in a three bedroom condo at one point!

ella@lifeologia said...

Ahhhh...... beautiful pictures. Your little one is the cutest ;)

elliebelle said...

Such beautiful shots! It's fun to see your tattoo, also, since I remember back when you got it.
What a great vacation!

emma said...

she isn't the cutest baby on the beach... she's the cutest baby in the world!

Belly Designs said...

Oh how i love your Tatt!!!!
And the balnket and the baby of course

zephyrsarah said...

what a perfect day!! that little yellow number is darling!!

*Poppy* said...

Oh my goodness...I am so happy that you have had such a great time! I enjoyed all the pictures. Thank you for sharing!
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Elaine said...

Ooooh! adorable! :)
What beach were you on? I'm vacationing in Florida right now in the panhandle near Panama City. We were at St. Andrews beach today and I got some seaweed stuck to myself as well. haha It was so blessed hot! Hope you had a nice time! I know I sure did!

<3

RachelDenbow said...

Elaine,

We were in Destin. Enjoy your trip and I hope the seaweed clears up soon!

Nichole said...

Cute swim suit on your little one. My daughter got the same one for her b-day! I want to make a mommy sized one ;)

Maggie Whitley {Gussy} said...

these photos are so pretty! i love the colors + ruby's bathin' suit :]

Stephanie said...

Totally love those photos. The two of you look so beautiful!!

mikee said...

What a great bonding moments, I love the clothes you wear specially on your cute baby.


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JaymiPop said...

I used to live in the Fort Walton Beach area....sure miss that white sand! Looks like you guys had a great time!

Poor Pitiful Pearl said...

McCoy has the same bathing suit... love it.. so sunny and happy... I love that you take the time and getaway from the daily life of work and task. I need to do that more often... and the ocean.... good choice.
I am seriously home sick... and miss the peace of the waves....
thanks for taking me away some place in this blog... its good to be reminded to take a break...

Zelda was a writer said...

bellissimo post! wonderful post, full of colours and happiness!
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{Anna} said...

Those photos are fabulous and Ruby's incredibly adorable. Sounds like a fun day. :)

KinsandMe said...

Love your blog, I am a new reader, I just had to comment as your daughter and my daughter have the same style sense. She has this exact bathing suit and hat! Good ol' Target and Old Navy!!! Your daughter is tooo cute!