First Summer Family Vacation

Greetings my wonderful friends! Hope you all are enjoying your summer and had a wonderful 4th of July!

 Our family just celebrated it’s FIRST family summer vacation. Last year we opted not to travel to the beach because Vivian was still a wee one and we didnt want to exposure her to the hot summer heat. This year however we felt she was ready and we packed up and headed on first family Griswold trip! πŸ™‚

We headed to St. Augustine, FL where we rented an ocean front beach home.

I took lots of fun pics of the kids playing in their little swimming pool. Here is Miss Vivi ready to GO! 


Lots of splish splashing going on!


Vivi’s first day at the ocean and on the beach. She was NOT happy at first.

Grant had a ball running on the beach.

One afternoon “the boys” (hubby,Grant, Jordan my step-son, and his cousin Pruitt) went fishing in the ocean. 

Brothers holding hands.

I adore this super sweet photo of Daddy & Son.

Of course I got in a little “girl time” with my Mom. We hit the antique shops in downtown St. Augustine. Here is a few shots of some pretties I fell in love with.

Bathing beauties.

Adorable vintage mermaid.

A GORGEOUS vintage prom gown that reminded me of my girlfriend Natasha.


While I vacation I also made a point to visit my darling girlfriends that live in Jacksonville. Wendy, Jamie, & Jeanie. These gorgeous gals I met last year at Silver Bella. Wendy and Jamie are sisters and own the MOST ADORABLE childrens boutique shop called “Popin“.  I brought Mister Grant along as well, because the girls just adore him. 

Let’s a take a little tour.


Their shop OOOOZZZZZ’S sweetness!!!!

Look at this mural of confection sweets!

A fun group shot.

Im BUMMED they wont be returning to Silver Bella this year. They will be missed!!!!! Thanks for the fun afternoon girls and the YUMMY cupcakes! 

In downtown St. Augustine they have the most beautiful vintage Carousel. There is something so nostalgic about a carousel. It remindes us of happy childhood memories.  The gorgeous horses, bulb lights, smokey old looking mirrors, and organ music is so magical. We took the kiddies one afternoon for  SEVERAL fun spins.

This photo of Daddy and his baby girl just MELTS my heart!!!  

Grant all smiles!


On one of our last days at the beach after the kids have developed a nice little tan I attempted to take some beach photos of the kids all dressed in white. 

I got some gorgeous shots.

Children holding hands. 

This last shot has to be one of my favorites.   

I could have not asked for a more wonderful family trip. As much fun as we had I must admit it was NICE to get home to our own beds and the kids were glad to be back in a routine and able to play with their toys again.  

Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your summer!!!!

Hugs & Kisses! XOXO,    

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Did you hit the Flagler Museum while you were there? It’s just the most amazing collection of collections. I don’t think I could ever see it all, there’s just so much.


Adorable Jenn, So glad you all had fun. The Pix are Gorgeous.Jamie

Looks like so much fun! I got married in St. Augustine at the Cathedral Bascilica on a beautiful October evening. It is one of my most favorite places to visit! What a great vacation.

Just popping in and I am now missing my beach trip this year.. Love all your pictures. I hope you are going to use one of these pictures for a Christmas card picture or something. They are so good. What a fun trip you all had!


Looks like a lot of fun…great shots of the kids, too! πŸ™‚

Come by and say hello and see me! I have posted some pics! Did something very new to me…eeekkk! Had some fun but thought I would give it a try!

Ana Barrett

Aww jenn what a lovely vaca!! looks like you had lots of fun with the fam! (and some fun antiquing as well!)
glad to hear from you! =]]
have a wonderful summer

It looks like you had soo much fun!! yay! great pics!! the kiddos are just adorable as always!! xoxo britt πŸ™‚

beautiful family pics! AND…LOVE THOSE SHOPS!

Eeeek!!! Oh my goodness, I don’t know what is more adorable…. Vivi’s cutest ever bathing suit? or the white photo from the back of all three kiddies? or the one with dad and son fishing? or that amazing store???!
Wow what a wonderful vacation! xox

Oh yeah, and i forgot… that DRESS!!! va va voom!!!

hi Jenn!!! what great vacation pics!!! i could just eat up Miss Vivi and her wonderfully sweet and chubby legs!!! eeeeeeek:) she is so cute…your son is totally adorable too, i love the picture of him holding Vivi’s hand as they walk into the water and Vivi’s pigtails are a flyin’, that is my favorite shot…what great shops you visited!!! i am swooning for the goodies from your antique shop visits!!!

Great pics. Looks like fun! We just got back from our family vacation as well. Posted some pics on my blog. I totally agree, it’s nice to get home in the end.

OMG, that children’s store is absolutely amazing!! I would plan a trip just to go to that store!!! Thanks for the tour.

Looks like such a wonderful family trip. The photos are all amazing. The kids look like they had a great time and that shop is amazing.

I love that store you visited! You’re right, the candy/confection mural is so great! I was really looking at those blue & white lollipops!
It looks like you had a wonderful time!
Welcome home!
~Sadie Lou

Hi Jenn! What beautiful vacation pics! Vivi’s little legs are just too cute πŸ™‚ Love the all white pictures, great idea! Grant is such a doll! That store is beautiful! And oh the antique goodies, fabulous!!! That dress reminds me of Natasha too! So glad you had such a wonderful time!

what a wonderful vacation. It looks like you all had so much fun. You captured some great shots and memories.

What a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing the adorable photos! Happy Day!


How exciting! I live in Jacksonville and love going to St. Augustine! I also love going to Popin! They are a fun set of sisters! I love your pix and I LOVE your little ones bedrooms! Look forward to more! Julie

*sending a big ol’hug*
Jenn…you are darling! Thanks for your sweet comments, I need you in my back pocket! Thanks again!

This is my first visit to your blog. I love exploring the whole “NEW BLOG” experience!
My first impression is how adorable are those cute little chubbie legs!!! hee hee hee!
My daughter (breast fed) had THE most chubbiest legs! I loved them! Enjoy them now, before they become aware of the whole peer “pressure thing”….ugh…..
Your children are absolutely adorable! My boys are 18 and 20… daughter is still in her (what I call babyhood) young years. She’s eight. I try so hard not to hold her back so to speak…..but I would love to hold on to her staying a child!
Aaahhh…..I guess they must grow up one day. …..darn it!
I love your beautiful blog! It’s definitely “eye candy” for the soul! Beautiful ice cream colors!
Julie Bergmann

Well, I could write forever on simply adorable those babies are!! Looks like you had a wonderful time. Love the pics from the shop too, how sweet! And little Miss Vivi’s cherry swimsuit, to die for!!! (does that come in an extra extra large? I think I could get away with that at the pool!) hee hee!

What precious photos of your family!
Miss Vivi’s bathing suits are gorgeous!!
Victoria xx

Hello “mommie”~
your vacation looks amazing! I’m glad you had fun. And let me admire your dear sweet vivian… She’s a vision of beauty sent from straight above!!!! She’s gorgous! Like her mommie!!!!

Sweet Cottage Dreams

Jennifer, I love the last photo of the kids!!!
Looks like you had a wonderful time and created some sweet memories for a lifetime. Nothing is better than a trip to the beach to refresh the soul and spirit.

What a wonderful family get-away in such a lovely house by the sea. It looks like everyone had a wonderful time and I’m amazed at all of the things ya’ll did. Your friend’s store is ADORABLE! And what a wonderful idea of photographing the kids all dressed in white, their skin just a little “sunkissed” and the perfect blend of sunlight and shadows….beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Hi Jenn! I followed the link from Pennys blog to yours. You have a beautiful blog! Totally enjoyed your post. Your babies are DARLING! Beautiful pictures. My hubby and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in St. Augustine. We stayed in a romantic B&B in the historic district. It’s a great place to vacation and it looks like your family had a wonderful time. Enjoyed your blog! Have a great week. ~ xo ~ Joy

I just went to St Augustine and Jacksonville too! We might have crossed paths. I loaded up at those antique shops on San Marco street.
What sweet pictures you have of the little ones, I loved seeing them dressed in white on the beach. I could just scoop that baby girl up and give her a big cuddly squeeze, she is adorable. I wish I could invite her over for a fairy tea party with my little Sugarwings, they’d be so cute together, like Snow White and Rose Red.

I love your post Jenn, what a fab trip, and the children all in white are beautiful –
That shop looked good too:0)

oooh Jenn!! This has to be the sweetest, happiest, most summery post ever!! Gosh!! Really really fun!! Love all the pics!!!!! Such a great family!!!! Those kids just melt my heart!
Love ya girl!!!
Happy Summer!!!
xoxo Jenny

Susie Vasquez

Hi Jenn, You take beautiful pictures. Looks like you and your family had a wonderful time. I want to compliment you on your beautiful art creations. Susie

…abslolute perfection jenn!exactly what life is all about… πŸ™‚

I love the pic of the feet in the sand. It’s so simple and sweet. It looks like you had a great vacation!
Your children are so darling! I just wanna pinch your baby girl’s chubby little thighs!
Unfortunately, my thighs STILL look like that and I’m 46……. LOL!

Hi sweetie! What a wonderful first family Summer vacation!! Grant would have had a ball playing with the big boys!!!! And Miss Vivi, how adorable is your little cherub!! She is growing up a little too!! Love her bathing suit Jenn, it is soo darn cute!! And the photo on the carousel with Daddy is so precious πŸ™‚ Look at those happy and sweet faces just enjoying being children, so wonderful!! I love the black and whites, frames needed for the lounge table!!! Shopping looks great too, it’s such FUN to shop on holidays and have time with your Mom!! Gorgeous holiday memories Jenn, life is for enjoying all these precious moments, but you are so right though, there is no place like home and your own bed πŸ™‚ Hugs!! Jenn and Jacqui xoxo

What a fun summer you are having and I love the beach pictures of your angels in white! The prom dress is fab! Wish I had an Antique shop like that around here! I received your fabulous creations the other day and they are gorgeous! Thanks girl!


Hi Jenn,
these pics are sooo beautiful. Especially when the kids are all dressed in white…
And the two beautiful rooms of your children in your last post are amazing. These rooms are really adorable and worth to show. Wow, IΒ΄m really overwhelmed. They are filled with so many lovely things and with so much love of yours!!!
Have a nice day,

Jenn ~ I adore your beach pictures !!! You have the sweetest family !! It looks like you had a great vacation ~

hey sisy,
fab family photos!! adorable!!
so fun that you got to hang with some bellas. ya i was bummed when i heard they were not coming back this year. hope you had a fantabulous time.miss ya.

Thanks for showing your lovely holiday photos!!!

That is just the yummiest prom dress I have ever seen! Absolutely divine! Thanks for sharing ~ what a great post! ~Stacy~

you all look like you had a great time on your holiday

Hi Jenn, This is my first time here and it’s spectacular! Your photo of the vintage prom dress has inspired me to create a crepe dress with the exact ruffles…ohh I can’t wait! I love you blog so much , may I place you on my most fav places to visit! Stop by sometime for crepe crackers!
Whim & Fancy Designs

Ohhh Jenn I am screaming over Miss Vivis’ cherry swim suit!
TOO TOO darn CUTE!!!!
Oh my gosh I want one for me!
I love it!
I love all the pictures….fun fun fun!

Oh, just love, love, love this post and the shops are great! Love also the prom dress! I want to fit in one of those, lol…

It’s the cutest post I have seen today.

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