Back from the beach. Back to real life. Sigh…
All in all, we had a wonderful time. It was great to see everyone and spend some time together, even if it was fewer days than I would have liked.
It was difficult being around so many people in such a relatively confined space when there are some very strong personalities (mine included) in the group. Also, we all had our own babies to deal with, which always lends to the fun. 5 kids under the age of 2 is enough to try a saint in my opinion. Add in the fact that every person (even halves of a married pair) has his or her own way of doing things and the stress mounts.
It was also difficult this year because it was the first year without my mom. She was awesome at the beach because a) she delighted in making everyone happy, even if that meant making 5 different dinners or variations thereof a night, b) she always took us shopping at Belk’s in Myrtle Beach where they have the best deals ever, and c) she was more than willing to watch LB so we could have time to do our own thing. ((She was also awesome for other reasons and even if she weren’t awesome at the beach and didn’t do those things, I still wish she were there.)) My dad definitely did his best to keep alive the traditions; for instance, he gave each of the girls some spending money and sent us to Belk’s one day. I got a killer pair of jeans that DB merely classified as “tight” upon seeing them. ((I’m going to assume that tight means “incredibly hot.”For both our sakes.)) We made peach cobbler and Mom’s special birthday cake. We had a little ceremony on the beach where we buried some of her ashes and said psalms and generally cried and missed her. ((Well, we tried to bury her ashes until a rogue wave came up and sort of swept her away. But she was probably laughing when it happened, so I’m okay with that. And it kept any of the miniature Bubbas from digging her up the next day.))
Some highlights from the trip:
-We took LB to the NC Aquarium on the way down and then had lunch at the Provision Company in Southport, NC. It was awesomesauce and we all loved it. I highly recommend both for people with kids.
-Alex had no idea that sand wasn’t edible and stuffed it in his mouth as fast as he could, much to Mike and Sarah’s consternation. It was super adorable, even if I’m sure the resulting poops were not.
-One day, DB and I left my dad at home while LB was napping and went to the store. We walked back into the condo to find Buppa (as LB calls him) asleep on the couch and LB playing next to him awhile he napped. He assures us he only fell asleep for a minute…
-I got to go for a run with my brother! He’s 6’3” and there’s a definite difference in stride length and speed, but it was still fun.
-We discovered they make freezable cocktails in squeezy bags! They taste like the essence of high school drinking and sitting out on the porch, having a few and talking with Jessie and Jacqueline was fabulous.
Here are the a few of the bestest pictures from the trip. I’m putting a link for the entire album in another post if you feel like perusing all 110+ pictures from the week. I didn’t think any of you would appreciate having to crash your browser if I loaded them all on here!