We got to get away to the coast this week with just us and the kids. It’s the first time Mark and I have ever gone on vacation without anyone else being there to help out! I know five kids is not that many, but when you are away from home it’s nice to have extra hands to help out! Well it is all hands (only our own four!) on deck this week! Mostly for greasing up babies with sunscreen before we trekked our load to the sand or for preparing snacks to take to the ocean (or just making food in general). I’m so glad we finally realized that we don’t need to take any chairs to sit in on the beach as one cannot sit very long when there’s a mobile baby in the mix who thinks it’s super fun to crawl straight into the crashing waves! He’s still new at this whole beach thing! Here are some more things I’ve realized while being here on this adventure…
- I need to give myself a day to get acclimated to a new surrounding. It just takes me that long!
- Have expectations and then expect them to fly out the window, or off the balcony: just roll with it.
- Less is more: less sand buckets, chairs, clothes, food options… (except in regards to sunscreen)
- Get the good sunscreen! The no tear kind and sunscreen sticks are the best. Ever. You will go through four bottles at least.
- Do not take children shopping in 90 degree heat.
- Remember to take the stroller when you do decide to take children shopping in 90 degree heat. And water.
- Enjoy the little things. Even the strange little toys they pick out at the overpriced bookstore.
- Curse all the remotes everywhere. There are four TVs in this place. That’s two remotes per TV. Two remotes are missing at this moment. I can’t even.
- Remember to smile! I am at the beach with my family! These are the best days! And school starts next week.