Swim -> Missguided
So i'm sure most of you know of my BFF Chelsea @partyforthree . We met while she was still living in Florida sometime in 2010, both being photographers at the time we clicked right away and here we are! Soon after she had Hudson she broke my heart and moved away to freaking Alaska. Fast forward 2 years and 3 children later, her visit this year back to FL will be the 2nd time we've gotten to seen each other since & this time.. the 7 of us!
We stayed at a beach house on Siesta Key Beach for her visit, normally Petey and I prefer Longboat for normal beach days but you cant beat the location of this house! We literally did nothing but eat, drink, tan, drink, take photos, and of course play with the babes. I cant tell you how excited the guys were thinking that they were 'off the hook' when it came to taking photos. HAH! When in reality they really weren't because we obviously needed pictures of the two of us together. Have you guys seen that youtube video 'Instagram Husbands' lmao thats Petey and Lock in a nutshell, and sorry not sorry... we don't feel bad. Looking at the picture of us with children is SO WEIRD. Chels and I have some pictures together back in our 'Gin Days' you would die over... but we will just leave those in the past, lol.
Dom's Swim trunks -> Otherware
I cant get over these two...Dom & Cooper are only about a week apart and the difference in holding the two is insane. Dom is SO solid I throw him all around like its nothing but the first time I held Cooper I literally felt like I was going to break her, she's so mushy & cute. While at the beach.. it was easy just letting them hangout together in the pack n play under the shade, which by the way... I got the Joovy pack n play as a shower gift and I loooooove it. Im a sucker for design and this one is all black and a square instead of the traditional rectangle. Not to mention its a pretty decent size and just as easy to assemble as any other.
Beach or not, you know the two of us couldn't go without torturing the guys for like 20 min to snag some shots of us being cute n stuff. Its always so funny to the both of us how different our style is yet when it comes to literally anything else we are always on the same page.
Onesie By Tiny Cottons // Alex and Alexa
Striped tank & Leopard leggings // Minted Method Shop
Ive gotta say living SO far away from your best friend really really stinks, it made it even harder once I found we were both pregnant at the same time. Even though we face timed as much as we could it would-have been really nice to be able to experience our pregnancies together. Mid pregnancy I did however grow close to my friend Shelby who was also pregnant at the same time, she has two boys Eli & Wyatt who is just 20 days older than Dom ! You have GOT to see how adorable he is, I LOVE that him and Dom get to grow up together... they are going to be little lady killers with their blue eyes and plump lips. lol we are in so much trouble. Shelby got to come out to the beach with us for a day and my mom gang has evolved to three.
I had the absolute BEST 4 days i've had in a while, it was so nice to just relax and not worry about anything but how fast we could pack 3 kids & 4 adults to walk down to the beach. Petey and I literally used to spend every single weekend at the beach together, all we needed was a towel, music, and a cooler full of food and alcohol, but I will say ... it is hard work doing it with a baby. Some days I just do not have the energy for it! Here some must haves to make your beach'n days a little easier with the babes involved.
- Canopy for shade - because the babes obvs cant get too much sun so young and it really allows you to enjoy a longer day.
- A Pack N Play - once they start moving around more its nice to keep them in one spot with a bunch of toys, plus if they aren't old enough to really play in the sand without eating it (like Dom) then they stay CLEAN
- Bluetooth speaker - cause, music duh.
- Pre make your bottles and stick them in the cooler! along with other fun adult drinks, teehee
- Bring a trash bag O-M-G I get so mad when I forget.... where ya gonna put those poopy diapers?!
- A wagon/Cart with wheels - I need one myself...this idea comes from my Sister, she has one that pulls so easily along the sand. She plops her 1 year old in it along with all of her beach stuff and its an easy haul!
- oh and one supa cute baby daddy to carry IT ALL :D