So we made it to the beach.
John clogged on the floorboard pedals all the way to the gulf which ended up being worth any self-imposed (this is John's word choice) anxiety I may have experienced during the very long drive. But, boy, were his calves completely worn out.....
We rented a large home with two other families we have known for years. A total of six adults and seven children under one roof made for good times and great noise. At times the activity resembled that of Romper Room which was tolerated well because the children were totally delighted and the adults totally medicated.
(Of course, I am teasing. Only a few of us resorted to sedatives to manage our busy, noise-filled days.)
Most days we were on the beach until dusk, only venturing back to the house when it was time to eat. For seven days, planning supper was not a concern as Chas, a great cook and even better friend, prepared fresh seafood for all of us that would rival any restaurant. Fried shrimp, shrimp scampi, shrimp po' boys (Forrest Gump anyone?), crab legs, fried oysters, raw oysters,grouper and blue crab made its way to our table every night making our stomachs deliriously happy and our gastrointestinal tracts working overtime.
Below are a few of our pictures of vacation joy. (Parts 3 through 67 in the days ahead)
The concentration on these determined little faces entertained us (and them) for hours. Digging holes captivated their attention for such a long time that we are currently installing a sand pit in our front yard. It's all about independent play, people :
Chase found China.
Still digging. Chandler practicing Kung-Fu moves to impress discovered Chinamen.
Nine hours later and the digging is almost complete.
Mr. Jon, otherwise known as the Bird Whisperer, working his magic. He is wearing the hat for good reason.
Mr. Chas, our resident chef and jolly fisherman.
Fishing like a Rock Star.
Anna Caroline and Kate cooling off
"Raise your hand if you think Mommy is the BEST!"
Handsome Lambdin (aka Popeye)
Lauren the Little Mermaid
The Noodle Rodeo with me and Mary Mac.
"Has anyone seen the children lately?"
To be continued....