For the last 5 years, we have taken our summer vacation at the same beach in NC. Prior to this we took a few summers off doing other vacations instead of the beach. Then before that we tried different beaches trying to find the best one for us. In the winter, when it's time to reserve a beach house, we always discuss maybe doing something different. The kids quickly get upset and say, "no, we have to go to the beach." It's the same when we try to go to another camp in July than the one we have been going to for 20 years now. Children, and even teens, love tradition. They love the memories. Even if everything is not perfect, they will remember the good times, the funny times, the silly times. Even if the car breaks down on the way there, you don't have enough room for everyone, the house has mice or roaches, kids fight, it rains the whole time or whatever (actually all these things have happened to us at some point), your family is making memories. These are memories that will be with them forever. And God really made our brains to remember the good over the bad. The family bonding is so important too. So, save a little money through-out the year and don't let a summer go by without a family vacay. Here's some pics from our summer beach trip-2014.
|We always try to rent a house on the beach side. But the island we go to has a good bit of green natural space so there is a wooden boardwalk to the ocean. It's a nice peaceful walk and we see deer, rabbits, and lots of birds.|
|The only family picture we got this year. Ben, my second son, was working at a camp in Colorado so he was unable to be with us. Will was on leave from Ft. Bragg so was able just to come for the weekend.|
|We had some good friends come for a few days. We squeezed them in. We always try to get a house big enough so the kids can bring a few friends.|
|My oldest daughter and I playing in the surf. There is something so therapeutic about playing in the ocean. I love swimming out deep with my older kids too.|
|My little crazy guys loved the ocean. They could of played in the surf and sand all day.|
|The morning we left, I took the little ones down to the beach super early. It was so nice and quiet and we were all sad to leave.|