playing in the waves never gets old

our seaside house was so adorable!
 linda puzzled so much.
 brittney cooked an amazing breakfast for us one morning. 
here is my plate before:
 heather made a bagel breakfast burger.
 and here is my plate after:
 remember the raw&juicy stand with the amazing gluten free sandwich??
here it is!
after a disgustingly intense workout with an obnoxious, stereotypical and overenthusiastic trainer, we biked to raw & juicy for some ultra delicious smoothies!
it eased the pain my nervous system was still suffering from the sound of the trainer woman's voice (you can do it!! i never quit on life and you shouldn't either!!)...
 in addition to the smoothies, the wonderful person that runs the stand, cd, is so kind and makes every customer feel welcome.
 they also have fresh fruit popsicles.  thats a mango-peach.
 that is a lemonade:
 that was a pineapple:
 and onward we biked!
 across the bridges and through the quiet truman show neighborhoods!
 it was sunny sunny sunny!
 brittney and meagan and i walking to the beach:
 chairs and umbrellas forever!
 and here are my favorite three sisters!
 my sister is so beautiful. and check out the new short hair!!
 toes on log.
 boy beach tackle.
 heath and katie:
 um, look at my tan line.  it's a bit outrageous.
 love you, ladies!
 our last day on the beach was intense.  a storm was rolling in and the waves were mega huge!
 we got lots of mid-wave photos.
 and i even made it in a few! look at katie looking like she is about to ascend!
 i managed to never lose that hat!
 afterwards we were seaweed covered, salty, and disoriented!
 shortly after this group pic we saw lightning. i realized the number of electronic things (speakers, ipad, cameras, etc) in my bag was not going to cooperate with rain.  we raced home and just barely made it in before the rain hit!
it was such a fun way to spend our last beach day!
believe it or not, the rain did clear up in time for group photos on the beach.
i'll share those later, in addition to the souvenir i brought toby...


right near da beach

hey again from seaside!
 having so much fun with mom and sis.
today i played in the waves for hours! 
 this is why the water is so green...
 we played some more friz. katie gave her best effort.
(for the record: i found bucket loads of this inside my swimsuit this afternoon..)
chloe was made into a turtletaub sandwich during this epic friz battle!
heath and chlo took pics.
and here i am with the girls.  can you see my tan line??
again, we made an epic sandcastle. this time it was an octopus.
all eight arms were represented.
we went to a fancy dinner and it was so fun!  here are me and the girls all dressed up.
and here i am with my fam.
all the sisters!
and here is the whole lanier fam!
dinner was decadent.  the sandcastle was a hit.  tan-ness has been accomplished.
thank you, seaside!


sandcastles in seaside

first of all, last week i got to experience an amazing east texas winery with my family and i can't wait to show you pictures from it! unfortunately i'm out of town and the pictures aren't with me (boo). so expect that once i'm home.  

toby was terribly sad to see me packing..
so where did i go, you ask??

every year my sister, her friends, and their mothers come to florida for some beach action. they stay in adorable seaside (where the truman show was filmed), and shack up in a painfully cute house with a wrap around porch. this year myself and two other older siblings got invited along.
poor me, right??
here we are having coffee on that porch i mentioned.
 and here are my toes in the sand.

the beach is white white white and the ocean is blue blue green.
 we have spent most of the last 48 hours in beach chairs.
this little bridge is lined with hand blown glass cat tails (which we just discovered have lights in them).
  another great thing about this area is that everyone bikes. every vacationer rents big cruiser bikes and that's how you get around. i'm telling you, it couldn't be more picturesque.
here is brittney on her bike.
 lilly pads!
here we are (the older siblings- meagan, me, britt) out on the town!
 there are some hilarious and stereotypical elements of this part of florida. it reeks of  rich white tourism. all the moms are far thinner and more hip than i am, and every single male wears boat shoes, khakis, and polos (the frat uniform).
white people as far as the eye can see!
 but beyond the stereotypes, it's beautiful.
chloe and i endeavored to build a sandcastle on day one. the sandcastle quickly became an overweight sand fellow. in his right hand he holds a beverage and in his left a fish.
the fish smelled...
the next day i had lunch with meagan and brittney at a raw food stand called raw and juicy. they have raw, vegan, and gluten free foods. i got a sandwich that was all three. it also was the most delicious thing on this planet.
 raw onion bread and in house live mustard. avacado and tomato and cucumber.... side of fresh plum and cantaloupe.  ahh!!  so good.
after lunch and some shopping, chloe and i re-visited the sand castle idea.
 the clouds were melting over us.
 and i was getting more sun burned by the minute.
 there on the left is chloe's bf- matt. on the right is sam (the man). they played some epic friz in the ocean.
 umbrellas forever!
 here is chloe working tirelessly on our mayan temple-esque sandcastle.
 and brittney reading her cute little nook.
 once we pried matt away from his friz, he rejoined the sandcastle party.
 and after some failed bridge building attempts, we finally completed the moat.
 it was all business and surgical precision. 
 look at those gardens on either side!
 matt even stole another child's toy for moat purposes.
 ahh the finished product. sandcastle perfection.
 and a perfect moat/bridge!
 here we are: expert castle builders.
 more seaside adventures coming soon- and surely more sandcastles!!