I L.O.V.E. spending a week at the beach in the summer. I wonder if I would get sick of it if I was eternally on vacation at the shore with the family. We all have so much fun, we are all in our glory...well, except for Finn. If she could have chosen her family to fit her personality she would have been an only child living in a NY city loft. Her parents would push her on the city streets in a stroller, she would never touch a blade of grass or perspire, she would spend hours in her front of the TV with a never ending snack bowl. The rest of our crew would surely wither away if we were stuck indoors. Soon she will have to suck it up and join the rest of us, but we are still letting her play the baby card and she got to spend a week in luxury at camp grandma, running errands, watching Dora, and getting showered with undivided attention. I'm choosing to not feel like a guilty mom for ditching a kid for our family vacation and calling it a win/win. But here's photos of our fun family vacation minus Finn :)
The premise is of course a sand castle contest but the clincher is the winner gets a "bathtub full of ice cream" . So we divide up into teams, talk a little smack, and have fun. Here is this years results:
Mommy, Ty & Mina:
Usually we have a big boat/bathtub to keep with the story for our ice cream reward but this year we had to only pack the necessities as we had to load down the minivan with all of our beach gear, all of Collin's college stuff, and 7 people so we left the bathtub home and just mixed up these bad boys. The winners always share their prize with the rest of the fam...The indulgence looks like this...
I had this visual this year of us in about 15 years, renting a big house, inviting all the kids, the spouses and families, they each go head to head in a mega sandcastle contest, and I make a ton of these obnoxious concoctions.
I doubt a year will go by in our family history that we don't relive this tradition. It's a keeper.
So long summer! We miss you already.