Sunday, November 3, 2013

Big Birthday at the Beach

I had a BIG birthday the last weekend in October, and my family gathered at Sandestin to help me celebrate. My husband and I arrived on Wednesday morning and headed straight to the outlets, as we couldn't get into the condo until 3:00 p.m.  I had fun using my birthday bonus at Talbots, on top of their great sales!  We had a lavish late lunch at Cuvee Bistro before heading to the condo.  We usually rent the same one-bedroom condo when it's just the two of us, but for the family weekend, my husband rented a three-bedroom, 3.5 bath one with a huge wraparound balcony that seated 20!  Here's one view of the balcony, where my older granddaughter and I were enjoying the view.
The condo was beautifully decorated, but after we all moved in, it tended to look more like this.  (Baby Emily brought a lot of her favorite toys!)
It was Emily's first trip to the beach.  Here we are hanging out under the umbrella with her mama.
Emily gets her toes wet.  The water was still warm, and the older grandchildren were in the water almost non-stop.
Except when they were playing in the sand.

Emily preferred the heated pool!
It was wonderful just spending time together.  Here my two granddaughters are enjoying one another!
On the morning of my birthday, we scheduled a dawn photo shoot at the beach.  Yes, my family members are all good sports!  It was 55 degrees, so our photographer worked quickly!

Here are some photos that we took ourselves.
Here we were all trying to get Emily to smile.  No doubt she was thinking, "Why am I freezing in this strange chair at this hour of the mornings??"
Here I am, helping to keep her warm! 
We did get some great photos, and I highly recommend Amanda at Jubilee Photography.  Here is one of the whole group.
It was definitely a memorable birthday! 


  1. What a special way to celebrate a birthday! Love the photos and all your Grands are adorable.

  2. Tricia - how thrilling to have everyone with you!! Your grandchildren are adorable and the family portrait is wonderful. I know you will treasure it for years to come. I am impressed that you were able to get everyone together. Our family is already having major stress issues just trying to find a day, when we can all be together to celebrate Christmas - yikes!!

  3. Hi lovely lady.
    Your photos of the Birthday party at the beach looks like a lot of fun with your family sweet. Thanks so much for your comments on my new Tablescape for fall. I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.

  4. Indeed a beautiful and memorable birthday party...and a special one! I too was 61 last Oct. 20th. I love my new decades, I don't care since I became 50. Spending it with your dear family by sea level, what else can you ask for?
    Happy Birthday and many blessings Tricia!

  5. What a lovely sunrise you had for the pics! Love the one of you and Emily.

  6. The family picture is wonderful! Not a better way of celebrating a birthday or a better present. The memories will last forever! You have a lovely family!

  7. Belated Happy Birthday. What a beautiful family, and what a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday - surrounded by those you love. The family photo turned out great. I also love the informal photos y'all took. laurie

  8. Happy Birthday, Tricia. How special to have the whole family together to celebrate. Sandestin is beautiful. I spent a week there a few years ago. Glad you all had a great time. The family photos are wonderful!

  9. What a lovely way to spend your birthday -- shopping and with family and adorable grands! Thanks for the visit to my table!