"Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone." Unknown
Last Thursday through Monday we had the opportunity to go to the beach with my brother and his family while they were visiting from California. We CRAMMED ourselves into a minivan rental (which unfortunately brokedown) and headed south for some fun in the surf, sand, and sun.
We truly had a wonderful time. While the weather was definitely HOT, once you got in a front of the water it wasn't bad at all--especially with the ocean breezes. Our California visitors were shocked at how warm the water was. It was like bathwater. They are used to the chilly waters of the Pacific or hanging out at the beach of Lake Tahoe. In the afternoons, the kids had fun playing in the pool and trying out their swimming skills (or for Lindy just getting used to putting her face in the water).
To save money (and calories), we ate breakfasts and most lunches in. We were able to have some fresh fish and shrimp a couple times. On Saturday evening, we headed for Corpus and took Jeff, Dani, and the boys to Whataburger--a burger joint which began in Corpus. Afterwards, we went to watch the Corpus Christi Hooks, the local 2AA baseball team.
Lindy had lots of fun being together with her cousins, even though there are still the moments of no sharing, wanting whatever the other person has, and bouts of crabbiness, etc., etc. I think that's to be expected from a three year old, almost four year old, and five year old. I'm afraid we've got a ringleader on our hands. More than once I heard, "C'mon, guys let's..." Lindy reached a couple milestones by sleeping on the floor in a sleeping bag at nights and napping on a bed. We've always said we're keeping her in a crib as long as possible because of her active nature. She surprised us though and did great after the first night when all she wanted to do was get up and talk. I predict a move to some semblance of a bed--either toddler or big girl--in the near future.
The adults had fun together, too. We had serious talks and goofy ones, too. The girls ganged up on the guys and the guys ganged up on the girls. Not sure who won! We are blessed to not just be family but friends.
We are so very thankful that Jeff and Danielle chose to come visit us for their vacation and that we were able to take this trip. We look forward to many more combo vacations/visits in the future!