As another summer rolls to an end, I wanted to share a tradition my family embraces each summer. For eleven years we have enjoyed renting the same beach house in beautiful Holgate, Long Beach Island. It is our little oasis on the Jersey Shore. Nine of us living together in one house for one week--a little crazy at times, but cherished none the less. A tradition. Some may think doing the same thing-same place would be boring, NOT us. Instead, we anticipate our "traditions"...meeting at the diner at 9 am for breakfast before getting into our house...our first dinner out and mini-golf night...the rides and games at Fantasy Island-each year getting a little braver...the annual treasure hunt my dad and daughter create together for her younger cousins...dusk on the beach...kites...bikes...the water park..ice cream at Bay Village (almost every night)...cocktails on the roof top deck watching the best sunset ever! Looking back, this special week is what started my love of photography-of capturing my daughter through out the years. I fell in love freezing the story of our week. We now have eleven photo-books documenting each year. Many events stay the same, but it is priceless seeing the kids grow up and the joy that only the beach can bring!
Let the week begin!
An early sunrise in Holgate
We have this picture with dad & daughter every year since she was 14 months old
The mysterious missing treasure letter!
The excitement in finding buried treasure!
Counting her gold!
This should keep em' quiet
Messy hair, don't care!
The universe is ours...
Our signature LBI cocktails...MMMM
It's nice to have a brother as a chef
Dad & son
forever daddy's girl
Dance your heart out wild child...
dusk on the beach
That moment when you realize you've just won the grand prize!
On top of the world!
Remember the smell of cap guns? Like it was yesterday..
Never too old
baby sand dollars
love her smile
Hey-look at me! The only place the rules don't matter;)
All the kids...+ dad...
moments in time
What will she be into next year?
serious beach business
Oh, and did I mention the phone?
Last night in paradise...
me, attempting a cool silhouette
Another year of memories....
Until next year... xo