We celebrated her 1st birthday at Fripp (I remember seeing a double rainbow that year from our balcony)
so it seemed so fitting that we usher in
her teenage years at Fripp too.
We’ve celebrated more of Ellie’s birthdays
on that island than not.
We always decorate whatever beach house we are in after she’s gone to bed so she’s surprised on the morning of her birthday.
|My brother thought the pearlized color of the |
gum balls looked like mermaid eggs.
Monte decided at the last minute to buy Ellie a selfie stick.
It ended up being the hit of the week.
|Mimi and the girls.|
|Gramp and Monte.|
The dunes on the beach are protected and wild in parts.
We went on a walk one night and this deer kept following us.
I am not much of a baker. So when Ellie mentioned wanting cookie cups for ice cream instead of a traditional birthday cake, I felt up for the challenge.
I had to throw away the first batch because Pinterest said to put the dough on the UNDERSIDE of a muffin tin to form them into bowls.
Not sure if that had to do with
the gluten-free cookie mix
I bought by mistake.
Putting the dough in the bottom and sides of the muffin tin (like a pie crust) worked much better!
Ellie’s creation. Isn’t it beautiful?
I forgot birthday candles so my dad came up with a solution.
Ellie not sure how this is going to play out while we sang to her.
|My brother, Kwin, my mom, me and the girls with our cookie bowls.|
McDaniel “hammocks” now. It’s what she does with her friends all around town. They go to a park and set up their hammocks and literally “hang out”.
While I don’t get “hammocking” in a gazebo in Ohio, I truly do get “hammocking” between two palm trees while vacationing at the beach.
I’m pretty sure that’s how God
and the makers of hammocks
intended it to be.
McDaniel, Ellie and my dad have taken a picture on this gator statue since they’ve been old enough to climb up on it.
This is what McDaniel and I thought of Sharknado 3.
I love this picture of the girls, although it’s dark. It’s on one of Fripp’s golf courses that we sneak onto at dusk to peak at one of our favorite spots.
It’s a fuzzy picture but these trees house numerous egrets. They make the most interesting sound.
I have to come here every year. It’s one of my happy spots. I have many happy spots on Fripp.
Dad and Monte before their morning walk on the beach.
This is a marsh view. It smells amazing. The pluff mud has a distinct smell. I roll my windows down to breathe it in when we drive onto the island for the first time each trip.
It’s the smell of relaxation.
Put that on a t-shirt.
Ellie wasn’t as excited to pose by the pirate in the food court this year. She used to LOVE it.
Nan taking a shot in the park.
In flip flops.
Stay tuned to hear about the baby turtles we saw on the beach.
TO BE CONTINUED…