Although being a part of the military has its downsides (like deployments and dying for your country and other things that shall not be named today), there are a lot of military-only benefits… like commissaries and USAA and free space-available plane flights and chances to live and travel all over the world.
This trip to Crete was one of those military-only benefits where Elliott had to go for work and get a hotel room anyway, and so the kids and I tagged along on his plane flight* and stayed in his
hotel room rented apartment and spent 10 days on the beach. Perks of the job…! It was a wonderful time for us as a family and I’m so glad we did it. We’ll be savoring these end-of-summer memories and photos for a long time.
(*Or fly 18 hours ahead of him and leave 8 hours after him… it’s all good as long as there’s a flight…)
My apologies if some of you already saw these on Instagram, but either way… here are our favorite photos from our week in Greece!
Elliott found this loggerhead turtle carcass on a run along the beach and took us all back the next day to see it. Lena was duly impressed and eager to examine it. Future scientist?
One of the two beautiful beaches on either side of our apartment.
Lena on our first day at the beach (before Elliott joined us the next day)
& the first jar of baby food I have purchased in my life… and it’s all Greek to me!
We read a lot of books that week while Elliott was at work, including this wonderful one called You Can Do Anything, Daddyby Michael Rex. Our friends (who were also vacationing as a family while the husband worked with Elliott) loaned it to us.
& off-roading it as she helps me push the stroller on our daily walks to the local “super”market.
Another morning, another walk along the beach.
She found a little pool just her size!
& a Greek orthodox chapel.
This little guy is getting ready to crawl! Fave position: planking while admiring his toes (and resting on his head).
“So sunny, Daddy.”
Lena trying some grilled sardines (and accidentally biting off the head)
& my babies and me.
Sunset beach walk before a dinner date… one of two that we got to take thanks to our friends watching our sleeping babes! Thank you, David and Rachel!
I’d love to hear what you and your family did for Labor Day weekend! Any other beach-goers here?