We took a quick vacation to Virginia Beach this past weekend with my family, 14 people in all! Maribelle was, as my dad puts it, the "Belle of the Ball" and was such a happy baby the whole trip. She provided entertainment for everyone and just loved being the center of attention, whether it was her splish-splashing in the pool in her adorable swimsuit (thanks Aunt Laura!) or flapping her arms like a crazy little chicken (her newest trick! See the video for a sample performance).
The weather was fabulous while we were there, which unfortunately meant that Maribelle spent most of the mid-days inside, ducking out of the blazing sun and heat. We took walks in the early morning and evening and made a couple trips to the sand and water's edge during off-peak hours. She was not a fan of the ocean water rushing up over her feet and wasn't all too thrilled with sand, but she seemed to really enjoy the pool. Grandma and Grandpa bought her a pool floatie, which made her swimming experience extra fun.
Jeremy decided it would be fun to bury Maribelle in the sand, like a little sand crab. Needless to say, she quickly got over her squirmishness toward sand, because Daddy gave her no choice ... she was COVERED with the stuff!
Thanks Mom and Dad for letting us tag along on vacation. We can't wait to do it again next year!