Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Where Has The Joy Been?

Why, we have been to the sea!

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Within two minutes of arriving at the beach, The Mayor adhered to a long standing anti-bathing suit statute -- an early piece of Mayoral policy dating back to 2006.


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I found myself shouting, "SHORTS ARE OVER RATED!"

Other tourists were highly amused.

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The fearless Rooster took one look at the ocean and headed straight for it.

Straight into it.

Headlong.

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The waves crashed into her, knocking her down, getting salt water in her eyes.

The Rooster stood up spitting, laughing and yelling her trademark, "MORE!"

(A clear improvement over her 2006 beach trip achievements.)


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And now...

Beefcake photo of Hot Husband inserted for no other reason than to say,

"Park Ranger Uniform or not, BOW CHICKA BOW WOW!"


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And now we are home.

(And from now on, we're traveling with our own pillows because clearly we are OLD and decrepit.)

81 comments:

Nancy said...

Looks like you had a great time! The rear view of the Mayor with biking tourists slays me. :-)

Melina said...

Great pictures, looks like you all had a great time at the beach. I myself went away this weekend too and it was exactly what I needed.

Ally said...

Great photos! Glad you all had a good time. I am in desperate need of a vacation myself, so it was good to at least live vicariously for a minute.

Patience said...

Fun time had by one and all!!

I think the nekkid policy is just A-OK!! But . . . love, love, LOVE, the little two-piece on Miss Lovely Bathing Beauty!!

And . . . PR uniform or not, he ain't too hard on the eyes, ifyaknowhatimean!

Great pics, everyone!! Glad your back!

Little Monkies said...

I'm still shocked at how big Roo is. Crazy. And, yes, your man is a hottie. Missed you!

Tessa said...

Welcome back Joys!!! :) OMG... The Mayor as Budding Nudist is toooo cute. Sigh. I miss that age. (Teh Rooster is so fricking cute. Her facial expression are just awesome!)

Nancy said...

Yeah ... a nice little get-a-way

There is no doubt who's little girl she belongs to, a spittin' image of her ma-ma

Cute pics!

QT said...

AGH - Cuteness overload! The Mayor and the biking tourists photo is priceless!!!

I am so glad you had fun!

corgimom said...

How beautifully your text and images captured the feel of a day at the beach! Nice beefcake you live with, my dear.

Gingers Mom said...

Looks like fun!! I wanna run naked in the ocean too. People throw things at me though...
Yummy looking hubby...

Yamagoo said...

I was wondering where THE Joy in life had gone. Never stopped to consider that you were "down the shore" (thats my Jersey past catching up with me there)
Glad to have THE Joy back in My GReader!

Mrs. Chicken said...

Glad you're back, jealous of your trip!

And woman, that baby girl is your spitting image. Adorable, she is!

cinnamon gurl said...

I had thought there was no better photographic subject than wee ones at the beach. But I see now there is: wee ones' naked butts. Lovely! (not just the butt shot... all of them are delicious!)

wordgirl said...

If I had a bod like your kids, I'd totally drop trou as well.

BOSSY said...

Welcome back! Bossy missed you so much she tapped her fingers raw checking your site for a new post!

dodo said...

great great pictures of the kids enjoying themselves. makes me pine for the ocean

Kyla said...

Great photos!!

Woman with kids said...

Naked time! Luckily, they outgrow it before it's illegal, but only slightly.

Great pictures!

Kevin Charnas said...

YYYAAAYYYYY!!!!

BEACH DAYS!! BEACH DAYS!! THERE'S NOTHING LIKE BEACH DAYS!!!

and your own pillow.

and K in a park rangers' uniform.

and Dana getting a good salt water flushing.

and by the way, How HHAAAWWTTTT are you??? HAAWWTTTT...I say!

jakelliesmom said...

We're heading out to sea soon, too. I'm afraid Miss Ellie's response to the water will be the same as Roo's, and I fear for the water.

Looks like you had a marvelous time!

Paige said...

ok...friday afternoon club this week: do i dare blow up a pool, or no? if i dare, then i sense dana dares to make him/her/itself known.

no?

Marymurtz said...

You are a gorgeous family; it makes it that much more difficult for me to post photos of our pasty whiteness, schlubbing around the back yard in Nebraska, nary a beach within 10 hours any direction.

Lisa Milton said...

Looks like you had a splendid time - welcome back.

Ruth Dynamite said...

Very nice! (Hilton Head?)

Erika, Plain Jane Mom said...

Wondered where you were... welcome back!

Mamma said...

I love naked beach babies!!

Mimi said...

Very nice pictures! Love the beach!

Love the one of you and Rooster. Very beautiful photo!

flutter said...

naked mayor! beautiful roo! what fun

liv said...

Holy hot and sexy husband! :) What a great trip y'all appeared to have!

carmachu said...

Awwww, looks like you guys had a great time....

Jenifer said...

These are fantastic! I cannot wait for our week at the cottage in July.

I think everyone needs a little beach get-away.

I see so much of you in the Rooster. Her eyes and lips are delicious. You have a bee-u-ti-ful family Joy.

slouching mom said...

Boy do I love that bathing suit on The Rooster.

Love it. As much as I love The Mayor's birthday suit.

And you are all so pretty/handsome!

Welcome back!

Blog Antagonist said...

Good gracious that child looks just like you!! They are both adorable, clothed or naked.

NotSoSage said...

Oh, what a gorgeous Family Joy!

I'm glad you had a good time (lack of pillows notwithstanding).

Tabba said...

Love all of the pictures. And love that you all had such a great time!
Welcome Back.

mcewen said...

For me that's truly inspirational [Naked American children] - thought it was just loony foreigners! How long can you get away with that for? What's the cut off age when it's no longer cute?
Just curious!
Cheers

Fairly Odd Mother said...

You all look radiant! What a wonderful vacation---dontcha wish we could all run around naked like that? Well, I mean, only if I could be assured complete privacy---but then, I think it'd be fun!

Karly said...

Looks like you guys had a blast! You are gonna have your hands full with the Mayor, thats for sure! Naked on the beach! Ha!

crazymumma said...

Looks awesome.

And ya.

your man?

Hawt.

Queen of the Mayhem said...

You did not mention you went to the French Riviera! (hee-hee)

Paige and I went to the "Island" in 2003 for Julie's wedding. Great fun!

Have you met our Flamenco dancing friend?

PS: K looks good! GO YOU!
MOST DEFINITELY bow chicka bow bow

pgoodness said...

Such fun! Love the nekkid babe and swim-suited Roo!! Glad you're back!

urban-urchin said...

Welcome home. Nothing better than tiny naked beach butts.

Bon said...

my god, they're beautiful.

the children. the husband is nice too...but i am ogling your children (in an entirely child-appropriate manner) and loving their sweetness.

that fierce little girl face.

that cute little boy with no shorts.

i want to go to the sea, but it's supposed to snow tomorrow. i mean, really. yes, it's Canada. this is still unseasonally wrong.

The Queen Mama said...

Looks like a great time! And everyone at the House of Joy is just ridiculously cute.

jen said...

love it. what a great time, the rooster is gorgeous, and i am now missing the mayor again.

BARON.VON.TRUBE said...

Ah, the beach is lovely. I must visit soon. Great photos!

THE BARON

Major Bedhead said...

Oh, I miss the beach. TCBIM doesn't like the ocean. He gets bored. Ugh. Friggin' Canadians.


I love the nudiepatootie pictures. That husband of yours isn't too shabby at all.

mel said...

Great pictures. You can even see the smile on the lady on the bike's face.

Grim Reality Girl said...

OMG. Park ranger or not, hail the hotness!

If you don't print those dang pictures and make a wall display I will be angry. How the hell do you get off having such a photogenic family!?!

I lived through you... thanks!

tulipmom said...

What a beautiful family! Those naked pictures are priceless.

Hol&J said...

Your kids are beautiful! I can see where they get it from. (Their mom and dad are lookers too.)

Glad you all had a good time. Plus you dreamt of your honey in a Park Ranger Uniform. Love it! I'll take mine in a cowboy hat and Wranglers. ;)

creative-type dad said...

Must have been fun if pants were lost and nobody cared.

Mel said...

I adore that picture of you. It is a beautiful shot, and what a happy smile!

carrie said...

Those are great pictures of what sounded like a great time at the sea . . . and yes, shorts ARE overrated!!

Carrie

Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" said...

Those are the best pictures ever!

That looks like so much fun!

Lotta said...

What a good looking family!

Pendullum said...

What a wonderful holiday!!! and I just sat here on my chair...

mimikatemom said...

The family you've created looks to be Heaven on earth. And that gives me hope. Oh, the happiness! :)

Cece said...

Great pictures! Looks like you all had an awesome time!

Do you know I think this is the first time I've seen a picture of your man! He's a cutie!

mommiebear2 said...

Gosh it looks like you guys had a blast! I love taking the kids to the beach in the summer - it just got started and my two are already asking when "vivitishn" is??

Lawyer Mama said...

You're back! I think my favorite pic is the one of the Mayor's butt with the bicyclists riding by. Priceless!

The Rooster is adorable and looks so much like you!

Jennifer said...

The lady on the bike! The look on her face! I'd keep that one framed in his room. Through the teen-aged years.

What a gorgeous family you all are.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

Awesome beach pictures. Your little ones are so cute. Love Rooster's teethy smile.

I love the beach, which is why I live here year round. Feels like freedom.

Starrlight said...

Ya know you never really understand just how important pillows are until you get one that is the suck. Looks like a fun trip!

Kim said...

great pictures...looks like a blast.

...oh, and I take my pillow with me whenever I travel...hotel people must think I'm strange, but oh well...guess I'm old and decrepit too ;)

Shauna said...

LMAO! Love the pics!

Misslionheart said...

Great pics!

Kristin said...

That photo of you and the Rooster is wonderful - pure house of joy!

Jen Magnuson said...

Those are some cute kids you have! Very ovulation-inducing.

Rachel said...

Love the picture of the Mayor with the tourists. Ha! Your kids are adorable.

Liam's Mom - Gina said...

I LOVE THOSE PHOTOS! Beyond classic and unique! I LOVE IT! Glad you all had a good time. The beach looks good on all of you!

karrie said...

The Mayor has a bukket!

Great pictures. :)

Queen Heather said...

Beautiful pics! Where oh where did you find a beach so deserted?

Wow...those pics make me want to head to the beach this weekend too.

Rapunzel said...

Such a lovely family, so glad you all had a great time. Aren't nekkid babies just the cutest? ;)

Mad Hatter said...

It looks as if the Rooster is about to say, "Yeah, I'm wearing the American flag on my toosh. Wanna make somethin' of it?!"

PunditMom said...

Have a great time! Nothing like neked little ones on the beach!

QueenieB said...

Looks like you guys had a great time!

And yes. Shorts ARE overrated.

Mrs. D said...

Great pictures,easy to accomplish with a beautiful family. =)

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

I love the pictures!

OH, and big thanks for reminding me that we need to take our own pillows for our summer beach vacation. ;)

Mandy said...

Looks like a lot of fun. We just got back from camping at the beach and it was great (but cold) Love the picture of you and your daughter!

aimee / greeblemonkey said...

Great pics! :)