Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving at the Beach

Disclaimer: There are a ton of pictures on this post. Chuck took so many and I had too many favorites. Enjoy.

We had a wonderful relaxing Thanksgiving at Holden Beach in NC with my dad and his family. Thanksgiving day was beautiful outside and the girls enjoyed playing in the ocean and the sand. I love going to the beach during the off season, you feel like you have the whole beach to yourselves.

Me and my Daddy.

I love each of these pictures of the girls.

The beach is a great place to see nature in progress. If you notice the walkway from a beach house ends down in the sand dune that has developed. Also, the "No Anchoring" buoy in the middle of the sand dune.

Charly's first dip in the ocean. She did NOT like it at all.

Friday was really windy, a great day for flying kites at the beach.

We then took a walk down a pier. Notice my hair. It was really windy.

There were quite a few people fishing off the pier. One man caught a tiny shark. Layni was first in line to pet the shark. Leland followed suit, but Lucy never would touch it.

That evening, we watched the sunset on the beach.

Leland and Layni had so much fun together.

Being at the beach with family was a perfect way to spend Thanksgiving.


  1. The individual photos of the girls look like they are standing in front of a backdrop.

  2. Such beautiful photos! I really would be interested in having a Gates reunion on a beach house in North Carolina! It just looks so pretty! And isn't the water warmer?

  3. The pictures are really good. Are those from my camera??! Did I mention the rental fee on the camera! :)

  4. Love the Moby under the coat! Another great reason to use them. Looks like a really fun vacation. I'd love to hear more about it.