Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Couple more beach photos

Beach Photos borrowed from my sister's much more complete and lovely blog...

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Gratitude - Lessons from the Beach and Beyond

What do you get when you put 9 related adults and 6 children in a beach house for a week?

Answer: plenty of time in the sand and water, a relentless stomach bug, several fevers, at least 7 temper-tantrums, an empty bottle of Disarrono, an ant invasion, sunburns, smores, cuddle time with a lovely (and well-behaved) baby, and a lot of fun.

...and the decision to wait two years to do it again!

Seriously, we had a great time and I am looking forward to seeing the pictures that Jake took since I did not get around to taking many (my 2-year-old was the least behaved child, and also the most sick, and subsequently taking pics was low on my list).

That said... I did get a few good ones on the ol' camera phone.

 Erin and Sweet Maya and Mr. Cutsie Xander
 My Stud Muffin and my Mini-Me

 McKenzie and Nate hamming it up
 My Big Kid
 Ella making an Ella-face
 Xander - amazingly wonderful 2-year old going on 7...
 My sweet boy
 Half the grandkids + half a Xander
 All the Grandkids in one place for a moment
 Got two pics and then it was over - they move so quick!
 Big Nate and Baby Maya
Hey... let's do this again... in like 25 months!

So here are my lessons from the beach (and beyond)

1) First, you can prepare and prepare, plan and pack (and pack and pack) But when traveling with 15 people, you will need to make at least 1 trip to the Piggly-Wiggly per day.

2) There should be a 2 adult to each 2-year-old rule at all times.

3) No one should be allowed to be sick while on vacation.

4) Massage Therapists should come with the cost of all beach house rentals.

5) Coming home to a clean house, clean sheets, and a house that never weathered Hurricane Hugo is a beautiful thing.

I love my family and I love vacations. I am so fortunate to be able to share these experiences with my sisters and their families; to give my kids these memories and to find a way to make it work. When we asked Nathan what his favorite part of the vacation was, I figured he would talk about the time we snuck away to the ice cream parlor and got dishes of bubble-gum ice cream, or the bike rides with his dad, or the boogie-boarding, or Fort Sumter with Grandma. His answer: getting to see "the whole family together -- except for Uncle Shane who will be there next time."

Yup. See ya next time. Me... I am going to start saving now. $40 a month (25 months) $10 a week. I can do that. I might even save a little more for that massage therapist!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cute Kid Pics

Do to a minor technological glitch, these pics did not make the last blog entry.  -- Oh well, that gives me credit for 2 in one week!

Here is our 2-year old beating the heat in the kiddie pool with my colander. Classic.

And a little earlier in the month my dad and I took Nathan to a Rochester Red Wings vs. the Charlotte Knights baseball game. Nate's favorite part was the cotton candy.

Good times...
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