1 Down, 999 To Go

The Annual Galveston SandCastle Competition is listed in the book, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die

We only have 999 things left.

This weekend we trekked down to the coast. It was our toddler's first visit to the beach (since she was a tiny baby).  

Thousands of carvers etched hundreds of sculptures from sand. It was amazing:

We visited the sand carvings early in the day before the massive crowd was inebriated. It was fairly family-friendly:

My kids didn't understand several of the creations. I think that's a good thing. But I laughed at this one:

Of course, my favorites were the simple, beautiful castles:

It was hard to tell if our kids had a good time:

I'm going to go with "yes."

It was a fantastic family day. We left WHILE we were having fun, though. I tweeted several of the sandcastle and family pictures on Twitter. A couple of people wanted to know why I didn't include one of me in my bathing suit.


But I will throw this one in, it's even more embarrassing.

My hubby snapped a picture of me on our long ride home. I may have fallen asleep for a few minutes, but I certainly do not have my mouth open. 

For more sincere 'fro's, go here.

(And there is absolutely no drool).


Tina said...

OH MY! lol

I'd kick his ass.

Mandy C. said...

This must be paybacks for all those projects he's been doing for you.

Haha - we've all been was just never caught on film!

Tammy said...

It's not like you twittered a pic of him in his swimsuit or anything.

This is priceless. And would make a good 'Fro photo. :-)

Muthering Heights said...

LOL...awesome... said...

Love it! And love the fact that you posted that pic all the more! :-)

Ashley @ said...

you rawk for posting that picture!! it gave me a giggle...I sleep with my mouth open too...oh and gasp..I have been known to snore!

The Glamorous Life said...

Your bravery is astounding.

and I think you look adorable even like that!

Although you could have saved it for the FRO this thursday! I am praying for more participants...where have you all gone???

Amber @ Classic Housewife said...

He's not driving while taking your pictures IS HE??

You know, you're kinda lucky. Not only do you have a hubs who understands (or at least goes along with) blogging, but he's helping and even providing you with bloggy material!

Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae said...

That is spectacular. When you do something, you go all in, girl!

Grateful for Grace said...

My dh would be on restriction if he did that to me. For weeks. That'd teach him! ;-)

Staci said...

Awesome! I am happy to see Galveston getting back into the tourist season. We used to go every summer and I loved it.

Momof4 said...

Cheers to you for being able to laugh at yourself. What mom hasn't knocked herself out after a long day out with the family? Thanks for sharing that with all us tired moms!

Staci said...

Oh and love the picture hehe

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Your hair looks so cute!


Wifeof1Momof4 said...

Grrrlll, I can't BElieve you posted that picture of yourself! You ARE brave! :)

On the other hand, this is what I look like around 10am .. hehehehehe

Thanks for being a mom's poster child!! Is this picture copyrighted? hahahaha

Bridget said...

This totally blows away my homecoming picture! ;)

Loving Octomom!

Jeanette said...

You were in the midst of one of those whiplashing sneezes right?! You know, you have to throw your head back and let it go....aaaaaaacccccccceeeeeeewwwww!

That is totally what I thought ;}

Brandi said...

LOL! He better be careful! You know what they say about payback . . .

Saph @ Walk With Me said...

ROFL Jeanette's comment is hilarious! I totally do that all the time and even did that on the flight to our honeymoon! Hubs just let me stay like that and comments that I had my mouth gaping open after we arrived. Uh, thanks hubs for not nudging me to shift positions!

Melissa said...

LOL! Being a mommy is hard work!

Monica@DailyDwelling said...

The octomom sculpture is hilarious!! And my husband would be in lots of trouble for taking a picture of me sleeping in the's never pretty!

Marie said...

Oh my word...I wish I was in the car next to you driving by seeing this unfolding! I like your daughter's face back there " are gonna be in trouble!" You do need a special pillow for the long rides though. You look very uncomfortable.


JanMary said...

Amazing sandcastles!

I would prefer a pic of me sleeping any day to a pic of me in a bathing suit!!!

So are there any places in Ireland on your list?

JanMary said...

Me again!

Looked up the index of the book on the Amazon site, and have found 2 within 2 miles of our cottage - Giants Causeway and the Bushmills Distillery. So when are you coming to visit?!

Marty said...

I've been following and enjoying your blog for a few weeks. Love your family sense of humor. =) It's always fun to be on 'this side' of the camera and catching others in all manner of poses. I guess we need to allow them some control of 'this side' on occasion. =)

se7en said...

That looks like such a lovely day! All I can say is: "What goes around comes around" - bide your time!!!

Kim H. said...

Wow - you are a forgiving and brave woman to put that photo up on the web. HAHAHAHA... it's actually cute. :-)

I had NO idea they did anything like that in Galveston... I'm going to have to check that out next year!

southerninspiration said...

Oh, You MUST love funny....we've never been to the event, but perhaps we should do as you did, and go before the bedlam sets in.......

~*Michelle*~ said...

OK, so that is too funny.....Bravo to you for being able to have fun in life and post that pic. Love it! I find it a gift/blessing when I don't take myself too seriously....

those sand artists are awesome!

Kimberly said...

I saw your tweets and was about to hop in the car cause i've ALWAYS wanted to go to that... but just enjoyed your pics of it. Haven't been to galv. since Ike. really, haven't been in way longer than that... but promised the kids we would go this summer! I've heard such sad stories... Is it ok???

Don't worry... you can't see the drool... too much!

grannyann said...

That sounds like a neat day. I didn't know Galveston had a sand carving deal. Loved the picture of U - nice teeth!!!

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

that's the funniest thing I've seen all day. Thanks!

Lori said...

That's called being the tired Mama! I know I have been there...but luckily hubby has not been able to capture it on film! have a great day!

Beth S. said...


Thanks for the BIG are awesome for sharing that pic!

Michelle said...

LOL! I don't sleep like that of course not!

Miss Meliss said...

OMG that looks like fun (and, you don't have your mouth open... figment of our imagination!!)

vacations are always great. hope you get back in the groove quick! :D


Robin said...

You are a brave woman to post a picture of yourself like that! Looks like you all had a great day.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, my hubby would be in SO MUCH TROUBLE! LOL!

Those sand castles are cool. I'm glad eveyrone had a good time!

Sharon said...

I really wanted to go to see the sand castles Saturday, but my son had a swim meet in the Woodlands. :-( It looks like it was fun. And those "castles" look so cool!

I never sleep in the car either...nope. Never.

Jane Anne said...

Ok, seriously, you posed that picture, right? Just say - YES! Ha! Ha! That's hilarious. I have many pictures of my husband like that.

Looks like everyone had a good time!

proudgrits11 said...

God bless you and your realness!!! It blesses my heart!!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

How fun!! We usually go to Galveston for beach travel, as we live in East Texas. But we just returned from Port Aransas. It was fun, but not Sand Castle festival. Good for you guys!
Oh, thanks for that last pic. Keeping it real!

Becca said...

Sand sculptures are so cool. I love the creativity!

Julie From Inmates said...

I have to say that I admire you. I would NEVER and I mean NEVER post a picture of my mouth hanging open for the BLOGOSPHERE to see. Kudos to you!!! What a fun post =)

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

Oh lordie! That picture is PRICELESS!

I'm a tad jealous that we STILL haven't hit summer temps here in the midwest. On the news the other night the meteorologist showed a world map with HUGE swatches of color over the top 2/3 - the areas affected by global warming. Then, if you looked, there was a teensy tiny jelly bean shaped are over the Great Lakes. That's where I live. D'OH!

Looks like it was a great time!

Kathi D said...

I absolutely do not drool while sleeping either. My husband dampens my pillow to substantiate his claims. And the recording of someone snoring is most definitely Not Me.

Joy said...

wow those are amazing. Looks like a beautiful day and fun was had by all.

Joy said...

wow those are amazing. Looks like a beautiful day and fun was had by all.

Sarah .aka. mamalotsoftots said...

So funny! :D The sand castles are beautiful.

Thanks for being brave and posting the sleeping pic. ;) It was the perfect finish to your post. heheh!

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