On Friday after lunch we picked up Alec from school and drove the 7 hours (with stops) to the beach. The condo was beautiful and sooo nice, too nice really but Chris took care of that real quick by putting up above the kitchen cupboards all the pretty, breakable decorations within the kids' reach. There was 1 bedroom with a king sized bed (perfect for Chris, Frederick and I) and a little hallway alcove with a set of bunk beds for the boys and Gwen slept in our closet.
Saturday morning Chris made the meal Alec requested (German pancakes) while I slept in a bit. Before 10:00 we were all dressed, lunch packed, and enjoying the sun at the beach. Sand castles, burying everyone, jumping over waves, playing catch with gloves and baseballs, and snuggling Freddy about sums it up.
By 3:00 we (mostly Frederick and Gwen) we're ready for some indoor time and we left the beach and walked the 5 min walk across and down the street back to our condo to put clothes on to grab a few things at Walmart and go out to eat at a yummy mom and pops pizza place.
Then we came home, put on swimsuits again and swam in the awesome pool at the condo...in the dark, under the stars, when it was way past bedtime. The kids loved that. They also loved that we let then eat ice cream and peanut m&ms and watch dirt bike racing until 1 by 1 they fell asleep on the couch.
A pretty awesome vacation day.
The rest of the days of our vacation were less awesome between bad sunburns, kid tantrums, and uncontrolled emotions from everyone. But here are the highlights:
Sunday we slept in and attended an 11:00 church 30 min away and stayed for the first 2 blocks. Then we found a shady (remember the sunburns?) park and had a picnic lunch and little family testimony meeting.
We ate Charlie's pick for dinner: macaroni and cheese and hung around the condo playing uno and speed and battleship.
Monday we had sunshine pancakes for breakfast and swam at the pool most of the day. Then Chris took the 3 older kids miniature golfing while I hung out with Frederick at the condo. At 6:30 we walked down the street to a local burger place for dinner followed by a starlight walk on the beach. Sounds romantic but with 4 tired kids 7 and under it was more adventurous than romantic. It was fun to use Chris's star-constilation finding app.
Tuesday we had to be checked out of our place by 10:00 and then spent the rest of the morning at the beach. It was a bit cold and overcast so we left around 1:00 to drive back home to Mississippi. We were quite lucky in the weather since all of our full days were warm and beautiful. It was kind of interesting to watch all the college spring breakers party it up. Between them and the retired couple population I felt like we stood out a lot with our big young crew but most everyone was very kind and smiled at the kids...especially Frederick.
We really enjoyed the break from life and hope to be able to do things like this more often in the future. For the rest of our spring break Chris has a day full of tests and appointments on Thursday up in Nashville with the Vanderbilt doctors as a follow up from his stem cell transplant...so it's off to Nashville tomorrow.