it was just so good for me, at least, to get out of town. it's been a long time since we've gone on a trip of any sort and i was feeling super antsy so this was good. there is something about jacksonville that i just like. it's not some trendy, cool city or popular tourist destination. it's a big city with everything you could possibly "need" but it doesn't feel big. it's spread out with these little pockets of cities within a city spread out. i like that it's laid back. i love austin but i feel like there is this sorta underlying pressure to be trendy and cool. i'm not really into that most days. plus, there is just something about standing in the shore of the ocean that makes you feel at rest.
so here is our christmas vacation photo dump. the kids LOVED the beach. especially abbey. she loved just running in circles in the sand, collecting sea shells and running into the water. they loved digging in the sand and making castles and chasing the birds. it was the best to see them loving it so much and so happy.
we stopped in the coffee shop that gregg and i went to on my first visit to jacksonville to see him when we started dating. it's had a change in name/ownership since then but it's basically still the same place. it was sorta surreal to be sitting on that same bench where we ended our first bike ride together with our 2 kids.
this kid was worn out everyday, in the best way possible.
showing off her sea shell loot.
in the above picture tucker had just gotten "attacked" by the water. meaning, he feel down in about 1/2 ft of water and lost his cute little mind over it.