Our Uncle Nathan came to the beach with his shovel prepared for serious sand castle building. Which turned into sand sculpture once Matthew discovered Uncle Nate's talents.
William helped make sand piles for the artists.
Matthew and Uncle Nate worked hard on this turtle.
Doesn't he look like Crush from Finding Nemo?
There was also a shark.
And an alligator.
One of the fun results of this sort of sand sculpture is you create a moat around whatever you are sculpting. Josh preferred that spot for his playing. I can't believe his buns weren't totally pickled by the end of the day!
Oh, and he used his flip-flops as boats until Grandma took pity on him and bought him some real ones.
Uncle Nate even created a mermaid tail for mermaids in training.
My cute niece Libby decided to cover herself in sand and become a witch. A sand-wich, get it? That would be my best beach humor!
Miss Brittany didn't need any help, she made her castle all by herself.
Okay, this little guy was a lesson in toughness. We were joking around about how he only had one leg. Then he flew away, and he really did only have one leg. One tough bird!
And this fabulous holiday was brought to us by this lovely, generous, wonderful Grandpa. That's right Grandpa, although he does look a lot like the Pied Piper in this picture followed by his devoted fans. Let's not forget Grandma too, the woman whose love of air-conditioning resulted in our plush accommodations. Thanks parents, it was wonderful. Sign me up for next year!