Tuesday, June 5

Clearwater Beach

I realized recently that I've never gotten around to sharing photos of our Disney vacation that we took in January.  After any trip, I always feel the need to distance myself from it, that way when I go back through the photos they are magical all over again.

Disney was great (and I will share those photos soon), but the best parts of our trip were the days spent at Clearwater Beach.  Sure, it was a little chilly and Poesy insisted on eating the sand, but we only see the ocean once or twice a year.  For this Midwestern family, seeing the ocean is like visiting Neverland.  There is absolutely nothing like it.

 
(All of these pictures were taken with an underwater camera.  The actual underwater pictures were taken in a pool.) 

This was before Poesy could even walk-- she actually started walking during this vacation.  Now while I watch her run and spin and climb, I think back to this late January/early February period and it almost feels like another life. 

Today as I take the girls to the local water park, I will be missing this place greatly.  ;)

54 comments:

  1. I love that beach. I'm pretty sure I have a picture with that same building in the background. You all look great@

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  2. Adorable pics and cute swimsuit! I live in the Northwest so seeing the ocean is nothing unusual... but it's always nice to visit places where the beach isn't freezing cold. =)

    Looks like a fun trip!

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  3. Seems you had a great time ! The underwater pics are awesome, and Poesy's pigtails are ridiculously cute !

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  4. Excellent photos, I love underwater cameras, I had one years ago and now having seen this post I feel the need to go and buy another one. I'm glad you had a great time, we are lucky enough to live 45 mns away from the beach but because we live in sunny England it's too cold to go in.....well too cold for me anyway :)

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  5. Hello! Beautiful pictures. I live in Cadiz, a small town south of Spain surrounded by the sea. Like an island! You should travel here to meet you sometime: D
    a kiss

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  6. Excellent pictures. I actually live in clearwater, so I know exactly where this is... And I am super jealous right now. Haha, I would love to be in Clearwater instead of Afghanistan. Hope you guys had an awesome trip!!!!

    <3 Jenn

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  7. So hear you on the magic of the ocean, we are in the upper midwest and try to imagine the great lakes are kind of like oceans...not the same!! :)

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  8. We rarely see the sea and when we do, it's a cold, rainy English seaside :)

    I loved Clearwater when I visited with my family a good few years ago, and LOVE Disney World. I'll be going to Orlando for the 6th time next year and I can't wait.

    Great photos! x

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  9. You picked the best beach.. probably one of the best in Florida :)

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  10. Water parks never do measure up to the real thing!

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  11. Sweet! love their little bathing suits!!

    Val
    http://valentinaduracinsky.blogspot.com/

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  12. that first picture is perfection! and oh how we feel the same way about the ocean! i can't wait to see your disney photos! i need to take max there soon soon soon!

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  13. One of my favorite all time vacations was in the Clearwater area. We stayed at St. Pete beach. It was paradise and there was so much to do! Our favorite thing to do was check out Edgemont Key:

    http://www.floridastateparks.org/egmontkey/

    Not sure you got a chance to go there with the little ones, but if you get a chance to go back (and when those girls are a little older) you should check it out. It's pretty secluded with pristine beaches and all these awesome ruins to explore. We had blast!!! :)

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  14. So dreamy! And I am absolutely loving your bathing suit...and I know what you mean about the beach. It's a completely rare experience in my life too!

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  15. Love your bathing suit and as always, Poesy's little baby pig tails. TOO ADORABLE!

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  16. Clearwater beach was one of my favourite vacation destinations as a child, we did two family trips from the UK - it's still the place my dad wanted to go back too before he was to ill to fly. We loved it because it seemed very relaxed and independent - I hope it still is, I'm a little scared to go back there in case it's not as good as I remember it to be. I'm glad you all had a great time there, the pictures are lovely.

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  17. What a lovely family trip. Being a Floridian, I forget and take for granted how wonderful the ocean really is. Clearwater Beach is definitely one of the best beaches in Florida! I hope you have a wonderful day at the Water Park!
    Xoxo

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  18. That was a great place to set for family outings and gatherings. The ambiance looks good and very refreshing.

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  19. My sister lives in St. Pete/Clearwater beach and these pictures just made me miss home :-)
    I love the one of Poesy rubbing her eyes, Judah does that and for some reason it makes my heart just melt :-)

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  20. Love these pictures! Under water pictures are fun and I do not take them enough! I will remember that next time I go on a vacation!

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  21. The water looks so beautiful and clear! Glad to hear you enjoyed your family vacation. :)

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  22. We used to go there every year as a kid. I love it there. Did you hit Crabby Bill's? They have the best grouper sandwiches ever.

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  23. We used to go there every year as a kid. I love it there. Did you hit Crabby Bill's? They have the best grouper sandwiches ever.

    Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

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  24. We live in Central Florida and can't get enough of the beach or Disney.... We've been really bad this week (we work at home)...we've managed to blow off our chores and head over to Daytona 4 out of the last 7 nights. If you ever find yourself in the Sunshine State again make a point of visiting one of our local springs. We are only 5 minutes from Deleon springs but there is something even more magical and uniquely Florida about our freshwater always chilly spring heads.

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  25. I live 10 minutes north of Clearwater and go to the beach every spare chance I get. Posts like this remind me not to take the beach for granted :-)

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  26. I live in FL about ten minutes from the beach. We transferred here a month ago from Boston. I could never be landlocked! The beach is so therapeutic and it looks like you had such a great time. I like Poesy's little shrek pigtails. ;)

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  27. oh, i think i'm going to overdose on cuteness! looks like joy & magic. :)

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  28. could your family get any cuter?! love these - that first picture cracks me up!

    xxx
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  29. I love these beach pics! I was born in Clearwater & it made my heart happy to see it's beauty again.

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  30. Haha that underwater pic of Hope is awesome!!!!

    - Sarah
    agirlintransit.blogspot.com

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  31. Posey's hair is cracking me up! It's so cute!

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  32. SO sweet! Looks like you had a blast!

    ♥Sarah♥
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  33. loving the underwater shots!

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  34. LOVE. What a lovely trip. You girls always brighten my afternoons with your cute faces. =)

    Kacie

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  35. it looks like you had a fabulous time! I always forget how much people cherish the beach. I'm from Florida and grew up near the water

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  36. That water looks like a dream! I miss the days of living near the ocean...I hate being landlocked.
    Love the polka dot swimsuit :)

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  37. ugh...missing the ocean. i know the feeling. -deirdre

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  38. So cute! I've lived near "ocean" now for several years, and before that Ilive right on lake michigan. I think I need water to survive. I just watched a tv special on an imminent yet eventual tsunami coming toward my home state sometime in the next hundred years and I am thinking seriously about moving back to the midwest.

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  39. I used to live in Clearwater! It was so nice hitting the beach for a sunset swim right after work!

    Now I live in Cleveland, and BOY am I excited to visit the shore again this summer! So glad you enjoyed it!

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  40. My fam has been going to Clearwater almost every year since I was 3, and outta all the places in Fla. I have been it's still my fave! It look's like your lovely family had good time's too!:)

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  41. That water looks amazing! I love the photo of Poe licking the spoon - how sweet:)

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  42. Aww that is adorable! Looks like you guys had a great time!

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  43. This looks so fun I cant wait till my girls are old enough to take to disney world. Ill admit Im a little excited to go for the first time myself too!
    -Taryn
    sweetsweetnightingale.blogspot.com

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  44. That is so very odd to not live near the ocean! In tiny wee New Zealand, is is pretty much impossible to not be a drivable distance from the sea! : ) It looks like you had such fun - Hope is such a cutie!

    x
    Lost in the Haze: a Fashion Photography Blog

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  45. looks like you've been having fun x

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  46. underwater pictures are so much fun!!

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  47. This makes me miss the ocean so much! <3 I live quite a few hours away from the ocean as well, so we only get to see it every couple years... at least we can visit the great lakes, though :)

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  48. I can't believe you came to clearwater, I live just down the street! Our beaches are truly a gem, I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

    xoxo Katie

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  49. I really love your sunglasses, what brand are they? I broke my red sunglasses and now I'm looking for some new ones.

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  50. Nice !!! And I love your pictures ! Give to your post a special atmospher of happiness and summer time.

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