|Cousins together at the beach:|
Addie and Lilly Bell
The two little girls, just approaching
two-years-old, weren't sure they wanted to be on the beach this summer. They
were hesitant; a little afraid. But by the end of the July 4th week,
our two granddaughters were laughing and playing and having a grand time.
|Lilly Bell and her baby doll enjoy morning |
on the deck with her mommy, Ann Bailey
We had a
special treat for this year’s Fourth of July. Our grown children booked a house
on North Carolina
’s Oak Island
and invited Allan and me to join them. We hadn't been all together since just
after Christmas and it was such a delightful week.
the daughter of our son Peter and his wife Ann-Bailey, had been to the beach
last summer, but still had to re-build her courage. She doesn't like touching
the sand or standing in the water, but enjoyed being in the water with one of
us holding her. She giggled as the waves approached her, safe in her mother’s
| Lilly Bell with her mom and dad,|
Peter and Ann Bailey Lipsett
|Addie with her mommy and|
daddy in the Atlantic
It was a first beach visit for Addie, daughter
of Katie, our daughter, and her husband Drew Long. She was hesitant of the
water, not wanting to get too close. But she too was giggling in the arms of
her mother as they stood in the warm Atlantic
Addie didn't mind the sand and was soon walking boldly down the beach, enjoying
the wide-open expanse..
|Addie with her mom and dad, |
Katie and Drew Long
This Fourth of July was probably
our best ever. We saw incredible fire-works displays up and down the beach;
some a little too close for me, but beautiful nonetheless. The American flag on
the deck blew elegantly in the brisk sea breeze. There were no political
speeches; not even any barbecue; we ate seafood and walked along the pier and
watched the sea gulls dance in the air.
we had blue skies and sunshine from Tuesday through Saturday on Oak Island
I had intense exercise lifting little ones, walking with them along the beach,
and playing in the water. It was the best fitness program ever.
Despite the rain and storms back in
Now we are home and I keep hearing
their sweet little voices, talking, laughing and singing. It’s always nice to
return home after a vacation, but our house seems to be just a little too
quiet; a little too neat, with no toys scattered for play. But the memories of
this incredible time with our grown children, in-law children and
granddaughters will last forever.
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