Beachy Keen

Here I was, taking a break from working on our taxes to let Bonus Child “style” my hair, when Big Daddy plops down in front of the computer.  I thought he’d never get off!  Not only do I have a crapload of numbers to crunch, I have other important plans with my computer like stalking Facebook friends and reading blogs!  Big Daddy usually has no interest in the computer unless he’s excited about something, like checking out biking gear or mapping his next ride.  So by the length of time he’s hogging my computer, I know he’s kind of excited checking out the beach house I reserved for this summer.  I’m kind of excited myself!

We don’t do vacations every year.  When we decided to dig up our yard and put a pool in 15 years ago, we knew we’d spend most summers at home.  And we’ve been fine with that.  But this year, even though we’ll be heading out to sunny California this fall for Oldest Son’s wedding, Big Daddy wanted to spend a week at the shore with the family this summer.  It may be our last shot before the boys get too busy with life.  Youngest Son is heading off to med school in the fall.  Middle Son J will likely be deployed to Afghanistan or some other scary place next year.  We thought Oldest Son and his fiance would be able to join us, too, but they are planning to head out to California for good when she finishes her studies and student teaching in May.  Already it’s getting hard to plan these family vacations together!

We hope we’ll still have the girls this summer.  They’ve never seen the ocean.  It would be so much fun to see the smiles on their faces when they’re playing in the sand and running to the water’s edge.  If by some chance we don’t have them, though, we will then enjoy a calm relaxing adult vacation.  I’m nothing if not flexible these days.  Our beach house sleeps 8, and I’m sure I can find a couple of takers!  I’d love to take my almost-14-year-old niece with us because she loves the girls like the little sisters she never had and they’d all have a blast, but our van (that luckily never sold!) only seats 7, which we already have counting J’s girlfriend.  But who knows?  Maybe the boys will decide they don’t want to be crammed in one vehicle with the old folks and a couple of kids and drive a second car.  Maybe we’ll ask my mom and niece to come if the girls aren’t here.  Maybe Youngest Son will find the perfect independent sports-loving competitive non-possessive compulsively tidy young lady to drag along with us.  Who knows?  All I know is, after the winter we’ve had, I am more than ready for a week of this:

Photos courtesy of Ward Realty Corporation

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8 Responses to “Beachy Keen”


  1. 1 Cyndi February 14, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I’m SO with you – ready for the beach! Sounds like a great trip, no matter who ends up going. In fact…if you are in a real bind I’ll be happy to meet you there. 🙂

  2. 3 lynette February 14, 2011 at 8:14 am

    how exciting, les! we have never been the “every year vacation” type of family either — actually most of our vacation time was spent visiting family who live far away.

    i hope you have fun creating a memorable and amazing (and very warm and sunny) trip 🙂

    • 4 les@mamaneeds2rant February 14, 2011 at 9:07 am

      We’ve done the stay-with-relative vacations when the kids were little, too, Lynette. Lucky for us they were only about an hour from the beach!!

      Warm and sunny sounds sooo wonderful.

  3. 6 Dawn February 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Life is a beach … new motto.

  4. 7 Consuella Banana Hammock February 16, 2011 at 8:57 am

    pick me! pick me! i’m a great cook!


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