It's always a challenge to get all my kids together for a photo. They're almost never all home at the same time, and if they are, there's always so much going on that taking a group photo is just not on the todo list. So you'd think with us all being on vacation, getting a family portrait would be a little easier. Well, it is... but only a little.

I don't know what it is about sunset, but I think most of us agree that it's by far the most magical time of the day. I'm pretty sure Instagram is 80% sunset photos. Ed and I are probably guilty for half of that. But I don't even care. Sunset is gorgeous, especially here in Mexico Beach! Add in a beautiful girl, and you have the makings of some perfect Mexico Beach portraits.

It's been a long time since we had a real family vacation. Ed and I travel a lot, and I am grateful for that, but most of that traveling is work-related and without our kids. We were a bit naive last year and thought our trip to Ft. Walton for dance nationals would count as our family vacation. We ended up spending so much time at the Convention Center for competition (plus it rained the whole week), that we didn't get much time for relaxation. So this year, we decided to do things differently.