Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Beach Baby!

We're in beautiful Myrtle Beach for Nadia's first family beach vacation!  We were all eagerly awaiting the verdict of whether Nadia would be a beach girl....or not. 

She started out a bit tentative with the whole sitting in the wet sand thing as rolling, foamy water rushed at her...

...but very quickly realized that water is water and we already know how much she loves water!

She enjoyed the sand but thankfully didn't try to eat it!

She liked the taste of the salt water so her tongue got lots of exercise. :)

As if she needed another excuse to stick her tongue out. :)

Even getting sand and water in her eyes didn't seem to bother her.

And the rougher the water the better for this girl!

Allen wasn't as enamored with the whole beach/ocean experience his first few trips here. I remember his reaction to watching the ocean waves racing to the shore as an almost 2yr. old.  His exact words were, "Ocean come get you!"  He stayed out of the water that year.

But now, we can't keep him out.

Jessica is always up for anything so she's right there boogie boarding or helping out with Nadia or whatever else anyone asks her to do.  We're so glad she's with us this year!

Josi is the ultimate water girl and usually has to be dragged out of either the ocean or pool when it's time to go home.

Michael is perfecting his skimboarding skills this year--hang ten dude!

Yep, I'd say the verdict is in and it's a resounding YES!  This girl is definitely a beach baby! ( I wonder how many Ukrainian-born kids ever get to see the ocean?)  Hmm....


  1. Oooooh! I love it. What a beach baby! She is of course a doll. I suspect not many Ukrainian orphans make it to the beach....aaay?

  2. Man do I wish I were there with you guys! That looks like SUCH fun!!!

    Nadia is just adorable, and looks to be enjoying her first vacation :)

    Have a wonderful time!

  3. Yayyeeeee....BEAUTIFUL beach pics. I love that you have another water baby :) That header pic is STUNNING!!!!!!

    Oh your closet is calling my name right now :)

  4. Soooo Cute!!! I wish I was there with you! We are near the beach, but it's so fun to go with friends. :)

  5. I wish I was with you guys. I LOVE the beach. But, alas....I have to pack to go get my baby!!! Hope to see you before I go!! Love those pics..keep them coming.

  6. beach pictures are my favorite, your kids are all beautiful and look like they are having a blast!

  7. And what a beautiful beach baby she is:) What fun pics!!

  8. Oh, I love your beach pics and your new blog layout! Gorgeous photo of your newest beach baby in your header!

    I had similar thoughts when I watched Daniel at the beach and wondered if any other children from his orphanage would ever see the ocean. Truth is that most would never even see beyond the concrete and barbed wire walls till they turned 16.

    So glad that your Ukrainian-born daughter was given the blessing of a family and a future!

    Enjoy your vacation!

    Much Love,

  9. Oh, my, what a lovely picture at the beginning of your blog. Nadia has such a zest for life, I praise God for her and you. I often look at my kids and think how different their lives could have been. Then I long for someway to help those still there...
    By the way, how's Nadia's hearing?

  10. What fabulous pictures. Nadia looks like she is having the time of her life!

  11. Wow, one day off of checking your blog & one 8 hr trip later and I missed the Beach Reveal!!! Incredible pictures and yippee that Nadia loves the beach too! Was there ever a doubt? As if! Love the revamp and current photos of your blog! :)