Spring Break came fast upon us and with it a unique trip to the beach which included Kathy and me and nine children: my five plus their cousins, Sam and Erin, and 2 of Kathy and Mike’s other grandchildren, Sharon and Tyler. It was a remarkably relaxing vacation, all things considered. The children got along great together, the weather was beautiful, and somehow we managed to feed all these bodies without too much effort. (Though I have to say it was an abrupt end to our Paleo diet, from which we have yet to regain ground.) All children present are now old enough to carry themselves and beach gear to and from the car. That makes a huge difference!
It was our first trip that the boogie boards were a great success. The water was perfect for them, despite its cold temperate, with the sand nice and flat letting them go out far without being in too deep. The first day all the older ones were in for a while. The second day Isaac and Stephen deemed the water too cold (as did I on both days), but Jack, Tyler and Sharon stayed out for hours on the boards while Sam watched and swam close to the shore. Even Kathy joined them for a bit. (The love of a grandmother!)
Isaac and Stephen were content to dig holes to bury themselves in. They stayed in their holes and read for a while, Isaac somehow managing to adjust his book and turn the pages with no hands. He got himself buried perhaps too well and it took a few minutes to dig him out again.
Besides the fun of watching the children play and enjoying the beautiful beach, my favorite part was after the children were tucked in and Kathy and I lay in the quiet and talked over dear things. It will be a memory I always treasure.