ten on tuesday.

I have to tell you guys, this Tuesday really snuck up on me. And I’m behind in personal photos and stories from the beach, begging to be told. Which means this week’s ToT post is a pictorial edition. Enjoy.

1. June 25th would have been our neighbor Andy’s 15th birthday. We were sad to miss the memorial party and balloon release at his gravesite in Huntsville so we cooked up our own version on the beach at 6:00, in solidarity with our neighbors back home. 

You are loved and missed everyday Andy.

2. We also tried our hand at a different kind of wind powered adventure…kite-flying. I was stoked when I found four brand new kites at the Goodwill for 2.99 a piece. That is, until I discovered that you can buy the exact same kites at the Dollar Tree for a buck. Live and learn.

3. Perhaps confusing kite-flying for balloon releasing, that Pi’bears had a bit of fun with her kite before letting it slip between her nimble little fingers, watching it take flight and tumble down the beach. Shrieks followed. Daddy ran. And tripped dove. Until the kite was finally saved by a fast-footed passerby. Sarah ran right over to give him her thanks. 

4. Brody got smart and left the kite flying to Grandad.

5. Speaking of Grandad, here’s one of my favorite shots from the beach.

About 15 years ago when my parents were divorcing my mom really struggled. One day a feeling came over me that one day she would find happiness with a jolly bald man. And I told her those exact words. I think she rolled her eyes but it was just a really strong feeling and I always believed it was true. Which means this is my chance to give my mom a big ol’ “I told you so” just for kicks. 😉

(Also, note the faint scar on my mom’s arm, watch this video, and then do a quick scan of all your moles and skin spots.)

6. While telling stories one night Brent told the one about how much Ephraim loved his coke bottle gift from Miss Lacy last Christmas. That’s all it took for our jolly bald man to be on the case for a beach surprise the next day…

7. And Ephraim was just as enthralled the second time around.

 

8. So was Brody.

9. Meanwhile the girls just enjoyed having a cabana boy for a few moments of their lives. And then they took back to the sea as if they owned it. 

10. And my hands-down favorite shot from our time in Panama City Beach? This one.

Man I love those crazy little munchkins. And their daddy too.

Jessica WJuly 5, 2011 - 6:24 pm

I love a pictoral 10 on Tuesday!

Gayle SJuly 5, 2011 - 6:46 pm

Great picture! Love seeing your beach vacation!

laurenJuly 5, 2011 - 10:42 pm

that last shot of you and your fam is beautiful!! no wonder it is your favorite shot from your trip to pcb!! it should be because everything about it is beautiful! such a cute family.

KelliJuly 6, 2011 - 8:53 am

Love the family shot! And all the rest too!

ToniJuly 6, 2011 - 9:15 am

Awesome as always! So glad to see your mom so happy! Love the family shot, too!

SierraJuly 6, 2011 - 10:26 am

I watched that video. I posted it to my fb. My Grandpa had most of the skin on his hand removed from skin cancer, my Aunt Meg has had skin cancer removed not once but twice on her face. I have been put on alert for a mole on my back.

Thank you for the reminder that I need to check. I need to sunscreen my family. I NEED to pay attention.

Dear 16 Me, I want to BE THERE for my family.

Thank you Erin Cobb. 🙂

anna claireJuly 6, 2011 - 12:15 pm

Your family photo is gorgeous! Such joyful smiles 🙂

ChristinaJuly 6, 2011 - 7:39 pm

I just love your blog and the pictures are the best!

heather mayberryJuly 6, 2011 - 7:54 pm

thank you so much for sharing your vacation with us! we are in nashville this week on “vacation”. but i’m glad that i get to experience the beach through the pigbear!

JuliPJuly 7, 2011 - 9:11 am

Thanks for posting a link to that video again! It is an important reminder for people.
I have become a sunblock (NOT sunscreen, huge difference) freak and am constantly chasing my kids around with it and hounding my husband to put it on! I had skin cancer at 22 and my Dad had Melanoma. Yikes! It can happen to anyone…
and thanks for the inspirational beach photos. I absolutely adore beach photos. Even though I live in the land of 10,000 lakes, there’s nothing like OCEAN beach photos….

lizaJuly 7, 2011 - 11:05 am

Erin,
What lens did you use for these and what settings? Absolutely beautiful! I have such a hard time getting great shots in full sun!

KimJuly 10, 2011 - 11:40 am

Thank you for the video link Erin. It has reminded me once again that I need to have my moles and freckles checked out. I was badly sunburned when I was 13 (fell asleep on the beach for a few hours, no sunscreen) which resulted in sun poisoning as well. Tomorrow first thing I am calling the doctor as I too want to be there for my family. Thank you!

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