This summer, Mark’s family planned an extended-family vacation to the beach. As kids, they went to the beach in NC every other year, so we planned a trip to the same spot. (Fun fact: in HS my family once planned a trip to the same island and Mark and I realized we were there about the same time, just about a week apart.)
So, after Maryland, we drove down to NC to meet up with Mark’s parents (Mark’s brothers joined us a few days later) for a week. They’d rented this beautiful house right on the beach! It was seriously gorgeous. The kids had a great time spending every day on the beach, too. In California we had beautiful beaches, with cliffs and sea lions and giant orange starfish, but they weren’t really beaches to go swimming in because they were always so freezing cold. Neither Julian nor Miles wanted to swim in the ocean (Julian was surprisingly terrified of it), but Miles would scoop up buckets of water to use in building sand forts, and Julian spent a lot of time chasing ghost crabs.
The vacation was perfect, except that Sarah (Scott’s fiancee) and Kevin’s girlfriend were missing because they had to work. I’ll get to see them in a few weeks though!