oops, we did it again

24 August 2015

... or alternatively titled, "sand in our van" because .... our minivan is more like a mini beach at the present moment.

Fiesta forever.

We can't help ourselves ... we went back to the beach again over the weekend but this time we went a little further over to Anna Maria Island which was (still is, I'm assuming) gorgeous. We can pretend it was because we wanted to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary with the kids but I have to admit that maybe because I grew up in New Mexico and a beach the Rio Grande does not make ... but I feel kind of starstruck every time I see a large body of water.

{those glasses are just from Amazon ... knockoffs 4ever, bb}

You can't really tell in the photo but we lathered the sunscreen stick so thick on the kids' faces that it looked like we were having our own personal family dia de los muertos.

But, no one got burned! or even a hint of tan. SUCCESS.

Patton children playing nicely with our friends' children. For 3.4 seconds. And then a Patton child caused a fight scene.

Bosco made things a little more interesting this time around and decided to skip his beach nap and scream + scream for some minutes + some more minutes but we all survived.

"nobody puts baby in the corner of the umbrella shade."

Our mighty umbrella opener/wagon puller/chair carrier in all his glory ...

Sebastian had VERY little interest in swimming last week but this week he couldn't get enough of the water and at one point paddled up to me with a big smile and said, "excuse me mommy ... I think I'm drowning right now" ... still smiling. Methinks we'll have to hit up a little vocabulary lesson with the first definition we go over being, "drowning".


Theo is very happy to stay landlocked ...

with his floaty on just in case the water spirit moves him.

A rare photo of Phoebe being oddly still and not running around in search of a sibling's castle/life to ruin ...

Statue Phoebe turned into Puppy Phoebe ...

... care for a little margarita with your salt, Mz. Manners?

And the matriarch and her shadow ...

... Phoebe rarely leaves my literal side these days which is sweet and endearing but I am thankful that she takes can occasionally be lured away by the promise of food + drink and has some needs by way of sweet, sweet sleep in her sweet, sweet crib.

Anyway, cheers to six years! Surely the traditional gift has something to do with water + sand, right? Right. Romantix-R-us. 


  1. My 15-month-old is the same! She's glued to me constantly. Unless she's begging someone else for food.

  2. Jealous. From way back here in the STL metro east area. Jealous.

  3. I didn't know you grew up in NM. I'm a native New Mexican also and I love the water when I can visit. The pics look like you all had so much fun.

    1. yes! Gallup then Albuquerque!

    2. Hatch and Albuquerque and now Los Alamos... I forgot how much I love the small town life

  4. You need to get one of those easy pop up tent/cabana things for the beach. Then you can put baby in the corner of the tent.

  5. Love your blog!

    I recommend this larger-than-life umbrella for babies/family:

    It has the best coverage, never blows away and was perfect for my 2.5 month old at the Jersey Shore in July.

  6. Happy anniversary! Here's to 60 more!!

  7. Aww, fun!! I spent my junior year Spring Break at a friend's in Tampa and we were at Anna Maria everyyy day! Loved it.

  8. Glad to see that Phoebe got over her water trauma from the last beach experience! We love the beach.

  9. Anna Maria Island!! Love, love, love, our favorite vacation spot!! (I'm guessing you didn't have to drive 16 hrs to get there), ha! Great pics and happy anniversary...

  10. Read the title and immediately thought, "How can she be pregnant so soon after Bosco was born??" Heh, sorry 'bout that. ;)

  11. Happy anniversary! Depending on the temperature of the water, I'm usually like Theo, staying near, but not in.

  12. Five kids in six years of marriage -- you two are truly bad*ss! Congratulations and may you be blessed with many more (years and kids, lol).

  13. Happy anniversary!
    ps- thanks, Julia, for the sunglasses recommendation, purchased! #copycat #cateyeglasses

  14. I am a relatively new follower of yours (via Kate from The Small Things blog), and it is SO neat to me that you're in Tampa, now. That is where I was born and raised, and although we haven't lived there since I was 22 (almost a decade- crazy!), it is still "home" to me. Hope y'all love it, too!

  15. made it over to Anna Maria! It is so pretty there! Did you find any shark teeth?

  16. Way to go pattons! Getting to the beach is now small feat with kids and you are going for it! Next time we go we are borrowing all your stuff ;).

  17. I'm a new follower of yours but I just have to say that I LOVE your sense of humor. I seriously laugh out loud reading most of your posts



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