In Manasota Key, Florida

  • Family Vacation

are families that go to the same place for vacation year after year. It could be the beach, or a lakehouse or even a cabin in the mountains. Well the James family has never been one of those families and I love that about us! We grew up traveling for vacations in our RV… whatever that was at the time. We’ve camped in just about EVERY type of camper there is. At one time or another, Daddy has owned a tent, a pop-up camper, a few Class C campers, a few Class A campers, a converted charter bus and a travel trailer or two. The only thing we haven’t camped in is a 5th wheel! Have I lost any of you with all of this RV talk? It’s really a different world of vacationing!

We weren’t a “Hotel” family growing up and even though Michael and I LOVE a nice resort, I still appreciate our trips in the family motorhome! This vacation was a little different than most vacations. Instead of camping in a campground, we just used the motorhome for traveling purposes and then stayed in a condo that belongs to our cousin’s family! They were so sweet to let us stay there for the week!! We loved it!!

So Michael and I, Momma and Daddy, Emily and Joe, Corey and Madison and the two dogs, Lucky and Bokeh ALL fit into the motorhome and DROVE to Florida! That’s right, 17 hours on the road together and we still love each other!! That’s a miracle!! For those of you that have never experienced what traveling is like in a motorhome, I took some pictures to show you! So this is the whole gang… minus me of course!

There I am! Thanks for the picture Emy! 

And this is Emy trying to be “artsy” :)

Sweet Bokeh Boy is a great traveler:)

Inside the RV! Nice and cozy! 

He loves his spot on the dash! 

Momma, Joe and Emy traveling at the table! 

We watch movies, play games, sleep, fix food, and use the bathroom without ever stopping! 

There she is! 

Just two dogs on the dash….

Family picture time:)

awwwww, I love my parents…  I use to hate seeing them kiss or hug when I was younger because what teenager wants to see THAT?! But now it doesn’t bother me because I’ve seen too many friends watch their parents split up. I’m so thankful that Momma and Daddy love each other just as much as they did 30 years ago. :)

The crew!!! I don’t own a tripod and so this was taken on top of a car trunk.  Love it….

And then Michael decided we should all try paddle boarding! It was super fun… but I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t the star of the show. It was hard! 

Annnnd there I am…. in last place… barely moving… I can’t believe I’m posting this! 


My handsome husband! … On the right:)

He was excited for the water! 

We love daddy… and his funny hat. But hey! He didn’t burn all week! 

My favorite part of the day was when the crazy storms would roll in! 

oh my goodness! What a cutie!!! For those that are going to ask, he’s a Bichpoo. :)

A day at Siesta Key beach in Sarasota! And then we spent the evening with some of Michael’s family that live in the area! We loved seeing them! Thank you Aunt Susan and Uncle Ed for the sweet southern hospitality:)

And an amazing sunset that night! 

My poor family… I make them take way too many pictures…..

Really Lucky? Right in the background! What a horrible photo bomb! 

We spent time with my great aunt Faye and uncle Bill who live in Englewood! 

Married 67 years… that’s amazing!

Time to leave:( …. this is how we all felt.

But on the way home, we made a “quick” pit stop in Savannah! It wasn’t so quick but it was awesome! And Daddy parallel parked a 31foot motorhome in downtown! 

Leopold’s famous ice cream! 

In high school, I seriously considered going to SCAD! 

Attention future brides and grooms… I want to shoot a wedding in Savannah and take your picture on this bridge! :)

Michael flew home early to host a bachelor party at the house so it was just me and Bokeh boy on the ride home! 

And that’s the end! There are more pictures of our trip on Instagram! Later this week I’ll be sharing images from a sweet engagement session that I shot during my time in Sarasota!

xoxo, Katelyn
27 Comments Personal, Travels
  1. Allison reply

    Loved seeing the photos of your trip! it looks like you all had a wonderful time! p.s. i love your bathing suit!!

  2. Amanda reply

    You make me miss my family! I can’t wait until we vacation!!! And how awesome that you took so many pictures… I’m the type to leave my camera at home!!!

  3. Hannah Johansson reply

    LOVELY PICTURES!! Wow!!! The joy of being together on a family vacationis pretty evident on all the faces. And what a lovely doggy!

  4. resi reply

    So glad you had a good time vacationing ;) looks like lots of happy people and happy times!

  5. Johane reply

    You did not lost me with all your Class A or C! I had the same childhood! Great to see your vacation pictures. which lens did you bring? (50 and 24-105?)

  6. Sabrina reply

    So much fun!!! I don’t know that I’ve ever enjoyed looking at family vacation photos more ;-) And where did you get those pink (?) pants you’re wearing in the photo with Bokeh in Savannah?? They look super comfy!

  7. Emily reply

    Love all of the family pictures!!

  8. Karena DIxon reply

    We love camping! My best childhood memories were spent in a motorhome at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort! Lovely pictures, Katlelyn!

  9. molly stillman reply

    oh my gosh what a fun trip!! I grew up always traveling in a motorhome! it’s the only way to travel!! :) :) so much fun!! and did corey and michael PLAN to match in those first images? SO funny!

  10. Abby Grace reply

    I’ve been dying to go to Savannah! My best friend just got engaged and we’re shooting her engagements down there- SO EXCITED.

  11. Allison Mannella reply

    What a fun trip! I love the images of your parents together! And your bathing suit is awesome!

  12. Kelly Green reply

    Awww, looks like you had a great time! Glad I’m not the only photographer who doesn’t own a tripod!!!

  13. Jennifer Krieg reply

    Looks like so much fun!!! Great pictures!!

  14. Annetta reply

    Loved seeing your trip pics. Looks like you all had a blast. Thanks for sharing!

  15. sandra reply

    The pics are great! Can I ask what lenses you used for this trip? The colors look great!

  16. katie reply

    I want to take my family on a vacation right now! Love seeing this part of your life Katelyn! PS: love those coral pants!

  17. Bethany McDonnell reply

    Fun stuff! I need to talk my family into taking a motorhome trip!

  18. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    I love your vacation posts! My favorite pics are the storm clouds and all your family photos (so pretty much all of them :)! The photobomb picture and your caption for paddleboarding was so hilarious I almost laughed out loud! :)

  19. Stephanie Stewart reply

    What a fun trip!!! Savannah looks like such a perfect place for a wedding! that bridge, those trees, love love love!!! And Bokeh is such a cutie!

  20. Michael Alsop reply

    ***For the questions about lenses: Katelyn has her 3 go to lenses the 85, 5o, and 35.

    ***For the questions about the pants…i would guess they are from old navy…but I honestly have no idea..haha

  21. Mary Anne reply

    I LOVE these pictures!!! what camera and lens/lenses do you normally use in these?

  22. Kristina W. reply

    It looks like a fun and relaxing vacation!

  23. Shelley Hohe reply

    Love your vacation photos!! Nothing more fun than traveling in a motorhome. We did that when our kids were a year old for a year and we are thinking of selling everything and maybe doing it again but full-time Since both my husbands and my businesses are mobile. BTW did you and your sister plan your red and blue outfits…they look so much alike! Super cute!! Thanks for sharing!!

  24. Noi Tran reply

    How fun! We are dying to do a trip in the rv and go cross country :-) love how bokeh boy got to paddle with you guys, that is too darn cute.

  25. Brooke reply

    Love the pictures, Katelyn! I was visiting Hilton Head and we drove to Savannah last week on Thursday (the 8th) and went to Leopold’s also!!

  26. Sarah Adams reply

    I just LOVE your family vacays!!!

  27. Jenny Smith reply

    love it! did you and your sister plan to wear the exact same thing one day (pink shorts and navy top)??! because it’s adorable!

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