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Life’s a beach

They boys had requested a weekend at a hotel. We couldn’t swing that, so we asked them to make a list of their favorite memories from previous hotel visits and worked at checking them off.

Family game night

Hot chocolate. Check.

Family game night

Staying up late on Saturday night to play games. Check.

Family game night

And check.

A day at the beach

Finding a shore town to do a little shopping for jellybeans and other trinkets. Check.

A day at the beach

Walking on a boardwalk. Check.

A day at the beach

Unexpectedly getting to play on the beach. Check.

A day at the beach

And getting to see things we don’t see every day. Check.

A day at the beach

Check.

A day at the beach

And Check.

I think we did pretty well. And I suspect the happy boys, who are upstairs giggling in their beds when they should be sleeping, would agree.

There are more game night and beach photos on flickr. And a peek at my newest skirt, if you are so inclined. It was a nice time today and last night. I hope you all had pleasant weekends as well!

14 thoughts on “Life’s a beach

  1. What a great group of pics. Looks like you guys really enjoy your time together. That’s great!
    The pic of Son #1 walking on the beach….that one is frame worthy. It’s perfect!

    1. You know, you’re right! That is a really nice picture… I don’t frame nearly enough candid shots. I think I’ll dig up a frame for that one right now. Thanks for the idea 🙂

  2. You know what? This is brilliant! Not only did you have a wonderful time, but you’re teaching the boys critical thinking skills! That’s awesome.

    1. You know, I hadn’t even thought of it that way. Go me, LOL!

  3. What a wonderful idea–really helps sort out true blessings to do.

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    1. It’s also kind of interesting to find out what, exactly, they think of as happy vacation memories. I never would have realized that buying jellybeans at a candy store in Ocean City last April was a highlight of that trip, but apparently it was a big deal!

  4. The whale shot was a WOW. If it was a minke, even more so, those puppies are elusive. It’s too late in the season to be a finback, unless you live seriously south.
    I just drifted by from OMSH’s blogroll.

    1. Actually, it was a dolphin – a pod of them was traveling south. I’d never seen a dolphin in the “wild” before, so this was pretty amazing to me. I even caught a glimpse of two of them jumping out of the water and cris-crossing with each other in midair. I wish we’d gotten that on camera!

      Thanks for dropping by!

  5. wow…I am loving all the ocean shots. Growing up around salt air and water and now living in a “high desert” area…I really miss ocean shots. Thank you for bringing a smile to my face this morning. I totally love the seagull one. Of course the boys on the beach are great.

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    1. I wasn’t born into a family of beach people at all, but some of my fondest adult memories have centered around being at a beach in the off season. Glad you enjoyed the photos – we had a nice time.

  6. what a great idea, Lisa – I will keep that in mind for when my munchkin gets older. Looks like you all had a great time :O)

    See what Jen has been blogging about: Mommy and Ryan night.

    1. It was fun! And I love going places where there are hardly any people around – it makes it a *lot* easier to keep an eye on little people. Especially fearless four-year-olds…

  7. The empty beach in off-season is one of the things we love down here. I should go check for dolphins. They are actually around a fair amount when the water gets cooler around mid-October or so.

    It’s great that you figure out these fun things to do. I’m glad I did a few of these with my kids before the oldest signed up for marching band. Maaaaarrrrchhhhhiiiiing Baaaaaaannnnnd! (that’s the band mom zombie, for Halloween!)

    1. I’m glad I think of these things now and then, too – it helps make up for the “single-parenting while in the throes of PMS” weekends like I’m having right now 😉

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