2014 Summer Vacation {Cocoa Beach}

We got back home from our 10 days of vacation last Sunday. In addition to a nice tan, vacation was exactly what we needed to get some much needed rest and adult time! Between Grandma and Grandpa, we had lots of babysitting opportunities that allowed Matt and I to fish, swim in the ocean, drink lime-a-ritas and play cornhole…uninteruppted and without being attached to a monitor! I totally get why people with newborns (without help) don’t go on beach vacations now. Just packing the car to go on vacation is enough work to need a vacation. Gone are the days of only packing a few swim suits and some books. Nope. We completely filled Matt’s truck bed and everyone thought we were absolutely crazy for bringing as much as we did (mom asked “why don’t you just fly down?”) but we used every bit of what we brought, minus our stroller ironically.

Anyway, let’s recap our 4 wonderful beach days…

For the 4th we dressed Caroline in her festive attire for a few family pictures and then off to bed she went before the fireworks started. Baby girl slept soundly through two nights of firework shows. I can’t wait for the 4th once she’s a bit older and can have fun watching the fireworks with us.

You know who didn’t like the fireworks? This guy…

We also went deep sea fishing and caught a few dolphin, tunas and a baracuda!

 On our last morning at the beach we got up extra early (and makeup-less) to take Caroline down to see the ocean and feel the sand. We also took Charlie. Both enjoyed the experience equally. And as to be expected, we took an excessive amount of photos of Caroline but I’ll refrain from posting all of them and give you the highlights…

And now we are back home, battling nap times and trying to get back on schedule. Totally worth it though.



  1. Shannon @ Sweet Tea Sippin' on Mayberry
    July 11, 2014 / 12:08 pm

    Looks and sounds like everyone had a blast. And some much needed family vacation time =) The last picture is such a cute one of the three of you!

  2. Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes}
    July 11, 2014 / 12:14 pm

    LOVE all your beach pictures and especially those UCF corn hole boards! Did I mention I went to UCF? 😉 Go Knights! Still in love with that picture of Caroline standing at the beach! She is too cute!<3, Pamelasequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

  3. Kate
    July 11, 2014 / 12:28 pm

    Caroline is one well-dressed baby girl and absolutely adorable!

  4. Julie @ Coastal Runner Girl
    July 11, 2014 / 12:38 pm

    Aww looks like such a fun vacation!!! I'm 37 weeks pregnant and seeing pictures of your cute lil daughter gets me even more excited to meet mine! 🙂

  5. Lindsey Regan Thorne
    July 11, 2014 / 12:41 pm

    FUN IN THE SUN!!!! What a cute family y'all are! Glad you made time for some adult bevy's! The BEST! xo

  6. Whitney
    July 11, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    Haha, not gonna lie, when you said you were planning a beach vacation with a newborn back when you were pregnant, I thought does she know how much work that will be?!? But totally one of those things you can't imagine until you have a newborn. 🙂 so glad you guys had family around so you could get some true relaxation in! Love her little patriotic outfit!!

  7. Kate
    July 11, 2014 / 1:13 pm

    Such sweet pics!! Caroline has a great wardrobe 🙂

  8. Jo
    July 11, 2014 / 1:25 pm

    Great pics! Looks like a wonderful time with family! We did Myrtle Beach with my family a few weeks ago when Lawter was 7/8 weeks and we too totally appreciated all the extra helping hands so we could get in some beach time! (and too funny, the stroller was the only baby thing we brought that we didn't touch on vacation too- ha!)

  9. Lauren
    July 11, 2014 / 1:25 pm

    Looks like an amazing weekend!

  10. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    July 11, 2014 / 1:31 pm

    oh my gosh! SO much to say:1. you are ROCKIN' that one piece, and lookin' HOT!2. that picture of charlie with you and C in the background is one of my all time faves3. wish matt a belated happy bday from us! (celebrate soon!?)4. everyone looks so happy in these pics. seriously – y'all are the cutest family ever!love y'all! xo

  11. Rachel
    July 11, 2014 / 1:42 pm

    Awww love 🙂 Look how excited Charlie is to be at the beach!

  12. Katie
    July 11, 2014 / 1:56 pm

    What a sweet little beach vacation! So nice to have family around to give y'all some relaxing adult time 🙂 You're looking fantastic, and I have to ask– where did you find the green dress that you wore on the 4th? So cute!!

  13. Kelli Herrington
    July 11, 2014 / 1:57 pm

    Looks like yal had an amazing time. Love your swimsuit you look great girl.

  14. Shayna @ The Fancy Yancey
    July 11, 2014 / 2:13 pm

    Sounds like an amazing time!!! & I just love her little slippers at the beach!! Too, too cute!!!

  15. Courtney @ Shiraz In My Sippy Cup
    July 11, 2014 / 2:14 pm

    Oh my gosh the one of her smiling and standing in the sand is too much!! Such a beauty. Hope everything returns to normal soon. Have a great weekend!

  16. Tess
    July 11, 2014 / 4:03 pm

    How much fun! I'm jealous of 10 days of pure family time. How special!! Also- love yours and Caroline's cute one pieces!

  17. Angelica Louis
    July 11, 2014 / 4:31 pm

    Sounds like a much needed, fun trip! Where'd you get your swim suit?! It's totally adorable and perfect for post-pregnancy! and your sweet baby girl in her swim suit? Too cute!

  18. Kenzie Ashcraft
    July 11, 2014 / 4:33 pm

    Sounds like a fun vacation! You are looking great, Christina!!! 🙂

  19. Shades of Kristen
    July 11, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    What an awesome vacation – love the beach! The photos of Caroline are precious!

  20. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    July 11, 2014 / 6:00 pm

    Love that Charlie still is very much a part of the family!

  21. DetroitDuchess
    July 11, 2014 / 6:03 pm

    So cute! Caroline's face in these pictures is adorable!

  22. Alyssa Triviski
    July 12, 2014 / 2:46 pm

    Looks like so much fun!!! I love the pics!loveandlifesimplified.blogspot.com

  23. Owen Ross Davis
    July 13, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    your bathing suit is ADORABLE!! looks like such a fun time!

  24. A Simple Southern Life
    July 13, 2014 / 6:58 pm

    All of your pictures turned out adorable!! and Caroline… melt my heart, she's perfect!

  25. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    July 14, 2014 / 3:23 pm

    What awesome pics and sweet memories x

  26. Tara {The Silver Lining}
    July 14, 2014 / 4:02 pm

    Looks so fun!! What a beautiful family – Caroline and Charlie are both adorable!!

  27. Heather Woyak
    July 17, 2014 / 2:26 am

    SOOO fun!!! I loved Cocoa Beach growing up!! Such a great place 🙂 Gorgeous fam!!

  28. TerinAleah
    July 17, 2014 / 2:31 am

    How fun!! 🙂 We're going to the OBX at the end of next month – I can't freaking wait!!

  29. Nat
    July 22, 2014 / 7:56 pm

    So fun! Isn't it crazy how much stuff you bring now that you have a baby?! We had to get a roof top carrier this year I have no idea what we're going to do when we have 2 next year.

  30. Ashleigh
    August 2, 2014 / 8:56 am

    How fun.. I love all the photos.. Looks like you all had a blast 🙂

  31. Erin Dawley
    May 28, 2015 / 6:14 pm

    where is this bathing suit from?

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