favorite photos from Crete

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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!

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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.


Morning kisses
& off-roading it as she helps me push the stroller on our daily walks to the local “super”market.

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Another morning, another walk along the beach.


She found a little pool just her size!
& a Greek orthodox chapel.

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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?

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9 Responses to favorite photos from Crete

  1. Rachel September 6, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    It was such a wonderful trip!!! Beautiful pictures…. and we were very happy to bless you and Elliott with some grown-up-only time. :)

    • Becca September 6, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      I realized after I wrote this that you did not watch only *sleeping* children! You did a great job with little late-night party-animal Gil, too! Thank you so much. :-)

  2. David September 6, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    I just sighed thinking it was going to be so long till I saw you all again, then realized… NEXT WEEK!

    Love the pic of Lena in the her-size pool :)

    • Becca September 6, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      Elliott just said at dinner, “A week from now we’ll be headed to Osprey Point for the wedding…!!!”

  3. Lucy September 6, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    Love the discovery walks along the beach, and Gil planking! He will have a good laugh about those photos in times to come, I bet.

    • Becca September 6, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      I need to get a high-quality photo of it for him to enjoy one day, as it’s SUCH a “Gil pose” and is so hilarious!

  4. Marmee September 6, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    So so pretty! Babies are so so happy! Parents are so so handsome! Crete is so so blue! (At least in these beautiful pictures. Thanks for the peek!) <3

    • Becca September 6, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

      And we are so so excited to see you so so soon!

  5. clydette123 September 7, 2013 at 2:48 am #

    Becca, I am vicariously enjoying your life in the Mediterranean. The last time I saw it was from Libya….where I was working at the end of 2011. I love the photo of Lena kissing/hugging Gil – and of course the planking one too. He really has a beautiful smile with his tossled hair too.

    Hugs and see you soon!

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