Gulf Shores Family Vacation Photo Overload

One look at the ocean, and the thirteen hours of driving in a minivan of six fades. All of the memories and fun that followed are just bonus material. 

brothers on the beach family picture gulf shores

We spent a week in Gulf Shores, Alabama, with Brad’s family last week, and it was unforgettable.  We spent most days the same as the first: digging in the sand, swimming in the ocean, searching for crabs, boogie boarding, swimming in the pool, and sharing meals together.

family beach photography gulf shores alabama

It was as relaxing as vacationing with four boys in front of a massively vast ocean could be! 😉 {Life guard duty got a little tiring at times.  These boys have NO FEAR of waves or the ocean.}

gulf shores beach swimming with kids

I don’t often bombard you with a ridiculous amount of pictures, but these are the ones I couldn’t resist sharing after going through 100s.

dreamland ribs bbq for kids

On our way south, the boys got their first real taste of ribs at Dreamland.  {Isaac}

things to do at the beach gulf shores alabama 

I think we’re still cleaning out sand from cracks and crevices. ;)  {Brooks}

beach bum gulf shores alabama kid 

If this beach bum doesn’t make you laugh, I’m not sure what will… {Clark}

building sand castle with kids gulf shores alabama

The start of a sandcastle, which turned into a massive hole.  Because what boy doesn’t love getting to dig all day long?   

finding hermit crabs gulf shores alabama

When they weren’t in the sand, they were boogie boarding, swimming, or hunting for crabs.  A four hour endeavor of happy entertainment one day! {Henry}

hermit crab hunting on the beach gulf shores alabama

This is one day’s catch.  All hermit crabs.

louisiana lagniappe orange beach alabama dinner

Brad and I were able to escape for a date night one night to Louisiana Laginappe. Best Friend on the Planet!

swimming at night gulf shores alabama

Meanwhile, the boys went for a night swim and made goofy faces.

family portrait gulf shores beach

It was one of those refreshing and reflective trips that made me so thankful for my family that God has given me.

    how to get a good beach family portrait

I’m so thankful my boys have each other.   Brothers through thick and thin.

sunset family walk gulf shores alabama

And I’m relishing these days I get to still hold onto their hands.