Sunday, June 24, 2012

Grosse Family Vacation 2012: Surfside

This year we enjoyed a wonderful family beach vacation. My parents are fabulous vacation planners. We have had the privilege of going on a family vacation every year for the past 4 years or so. It has been so fun!

This year they rented a beach house for a week in Surfside (about an hour West of Galveston). It was laid back and fun and so nice to just relax and enjoy family and the beach.

It felt like we had so many people there, which I loved! My sister Lauren, brother-in-law Cody, and nephews Kyler and Hayes were there. My sister Ashley, brother-in-law Andrew, and niece Chloe were there too. My days Dads cousin, Carolyn, and Ben came one day as well. Another day my mom's good friend Jackie came. I love a full house!

We took sooo many pictures! There are so many good ones it is hard to narrow down.

One of the days at the beach was officially declared Party Day. We had lots to celebrate - Ashley, Cody and Greg all have birthdays within a few days of each other, Chloe just graduated high school, and it was Fathers Day.

My mom planned a really fun party complete with balloons, lanterns, tiaras, crowns, leis, lunch, cake, and Minute to Win it games, with prizes of course!

We went to the beach at least once a day throughout the week and enjoyed the waves, the kayaks, and the sand. Kyler loved digging around in the sand and running through the water. The babies mostly slept (more on that later).

One afternoon we drove in to Galveston and ate at Olympia Grill then walked around the strand for a bit. It brought back so many memories! Growing up my parents owned a house on Crystal Beach and we would often go to Galveston. We would buy swimsuits, get henna tattoos, eat ice cream, and buy candy. So much fun!

In the evenings once all the babies were down we would stay up late playing games - Wits and Wagers (which I am so horrible at), Loaded Questions (one of my favorites), Catch Phrase, Settlers of Catan, and Rummikub. I could stay up all night playing games!

It is always sad when a vacation ends, but after a whole week away, it is nice to get back home and sleep in your own bed again. I am so thankful for my parents planning such a fun vacation!

1 comment:

Fiona aka DRMama said...

These are such beautiful photos. It sounds as if you had a fantastic vacation with your family! :) I agree.. vacations are so nice and sad to end but it is always nice to come home afterwards as well.