After the NC crew all left to return home, Ron and our family headed south to the beach in Florida. Ron has friends who live near the ocean and they graciously allowed us to stay with them on Monday evening.
We went to their house and visited for a bit. Then, we headed to the beach. The kids were so stinkin' excited to go to the beach. The weather was dicey and we had hit patches of rain during our drive, but the skies were clear when we arrived in Navarre and stayed that way until we had played on the beach for about an hour.The kids splashed in the water a little but seemed to enjoy digging in the sand the most. They built castles, dug holes, and got buried. Asa picked up "treasures", of course (the boy picks up rocks, leaves, sticks, and anything else he can find...all the time!).
We went back to the home of Ron's friends and had baths and dinner. The next morning our hosts had to leave early for work, so we packed up and headed to breakfast and down the coast to visit the beach where I worked for the summer of '01, Panama City Beach.
It was rainy as we drove, but the sun came out as we approached the camp where I worked. We drove by, just so I could see it, and then we hit a newly built shopping center. They had a section with bounce houses and slides, so we paid for the kids to play and then walked around a bit. I think we all had our fill of the sand the previous day, so we grabbed lunch and headed back to my brother's house.That evening and the following day were full of relaxing and playing the Wii. I was amazed at how much fun our kids had with simple things like having cartoons on Nick (we don't have cable) and bowling and boxing on the Wii (we don't own one of those either). They had a blast taking turns. Ron was helpful and laughed along with them as they tried to figure out how to make things work. It was nice, relaxing entertainment for the whole family.
Sometimes it's the most simple things that make the best memories.