Sunday, August 26, 2012

Galveston Trip - 2012

I am at least a week behind on blogging our fantastic family vacation! My parents rented an amazing house on the Galveston Bay a couple weeks ago and my entire family got to come and just relax together for a week. I am still so impressed with how perfectly the house fit our family's needs and all of the relaxing and togetherness time that we had. I was sad at the end of the week leaving everyone after so much great quality time together. But, I am so thankful for the sweet time we had! I could not get enough of these views.
IMG_1138 We actually started the week off with long drive to pick up the jet skis and then a night in Houston at Joe and Emily and Isaacs house that was a total blast. It was so fun seeing their house and their life in Houston. We are sad that they are not living close to us anymore but, so happy for them in their new life. For some reason, I have no pictures of that. Bummer! kinley & Ty driving One of my favorite things, oddly enough, was the way I packed Kinley's suitcase. A little note about Kinley lately. She ONLY wears dresses. Not skirts, not pants, not shorts, not pajamas, only nightgowns. ONLY dresses. And, she has a tendency to either 1) wear current favorite dress 10 days in a row or 2) change her dress 10 times in one day. So, thanks to Pinterest, I decided to pack an outfit a day in gallon ziplock bags. Each bag had a dress or outfit, a bow, swimsuit and shoes. She was so excited each morning to pick a new bag. It made getting dressed and staying dressed in the same outfit a lot easier. This is something I will definitely do again. clothes sacks Kinley picking out clothes
The first night we were all there together we celebrated my birthday since it was the first time we were all together since the big 3-0. My mom got me thirty presents to open and Kinley and Ty were such great helpers piling them all up in my lap. IMG_1159 IMG_1161 IMG_1166 The house had a pool with a slide that kept the kids entertained for the majority of the day and Ben and I pulled the jet skis down from the lakehouse and got to ride those around on the bay a lot. With all of that built in entertainment, my mom, the kids, Olivia and I barely even left the house! It was so relaxing and so much fun! IMG_1216 IMG_1207 IMG_1198 IMG_1184 IMG_1181 IMG_1177 IMG_1170 laying out IMG_1191
The jet skiis were a total hit and were so much fun in the bay! IMG_1210 IMG_1214 IMG_1212 The boys actually got to golf a couple days and go bay fishing one day. They caught so many fish that they fed us all of us for two nights. IMG_1225 IMG_1222 IMG_1228 IMG_1227 Between the outdoor grill and tiki bar and the boys fishing trip we ate every single meal at home on the vacation. We never left the house even to eat dinner. Lots of meals and games played at this table. IMG_1167 IMG_1352 IMG_1354 IMG_1355 IMG_1356 playing spinners IMG_1118 IMG_1126 IMG_1123 We actually did go to the beach two days of our vacation. Each for about an hour. The first trip was just me, mom, and the kids and Ty actually slept in Ben's car the entire time we were there. So, the amount of beach pictures here are definitely deceptive about the amount of time we spent there. IMG_1149 IMG_1147 IMG_1146 IMG_1144 Me & Kinley at the beach IMG_1238 IMG_1237 IMG_1236 IMG_1232 IMG_1245 IMG_1242 IMG_1248 IMG_1255 The three Ansons IMG_1267 IMG_1261 IMG_1273 IMG_1277 IMG_1278 IMG_1280 IMG_1281 IMG_1284 IMG_1289 IMG_1297 IMG_1305 IMG_1309 IMG_1318 IMG_1322 Kinley was totally attached to Olivia every single second of every day she was able. Olivia was amazing and such a trooper to play with Kinley so much. She would play princess, swim, watch movies, play games, and color with Kinley every day. Kinley was in a little depression when we left that she didn't get to see Olivia for a while anymore. Kinley & Olivia Kinley & Olivia 2
Of course, I had to make family vacation shirts! Everyone decided they wanted a tank for the beach. I ordered these fantastic tri-blend American Apparel ones and they were SO comfortable. IMG_1325 IMG_1328 Lots of family mathing tank pics. IMG_1342 IMG_1335 IMG_1204 IMG_1351 IMG_1349 The whole week was such a blessing and I could not have asked for a better time. I can't wait for Howe Family Vacation 2013!


kristen said...

cutest family ever. every single pic of those kids melts me. i love kinley coloring and when ty is clapping for your gifts!! i love it all!

Allison said...

What a fun family vaca! I LOVE the green tanks! So cute! Your family is just beautiful and I love all the pics! That dog is so pretty, almost doesn't look real! Love the Howe Harrison fam!

Honey said...

Ahhh, wish we were there right now. It was so fun to be with everyone. I looked forward to it for 6 months and it was everything I hoped it would be. Thanks to all of you for making the effort to be there. It meant alot to me and Dad!

Camila said...

Looks like such a blast! Love the shirts and especially love the pics of Kinley and Ty together on the beach. So sweet!

Jan said...

Beautiful family, and so beautiful you enjoy being together. What a blessing for all.