Goodbye, sandy toes!
Goodbye, sand dollar path to the beach, I will miss stepping over you and seeing our littlest one jump on you!
Goodbye, freezing cold, tiny pool and "train track." I kinda won't miss you.
Goodbye, Coconut Trees!
Goodbye, Beautiful View!
In the morning, after the van was all packed up. We walked to the beach one last time. Our sand castle, built the day before, had survived the night and even the traffic of morning walkers and bikers. I looked at it and wondered how long this reminder of our family's presence on the beach would remain. It felt like we were leaving a small part of us there, on the beach. It was only fitting because I believe the beach left its' mark on our hearts forever and none of us will ever forget the wonderful family memories made there. I could hardly believe how sad I was to walk away from it all, but that is exactly what I had to do.
We turned our backs to the beach and began our walk down the now-familiar path, for the last time.
I would have given a great deal to make a right turn off of the path and head into the house, as I had done so many times before that week. Instead, I just kept walking, heading to the jam packed rental van, to squeeze in, and start our journey back home.
Obviously, we made it home. The airport was a train wreck. We packed WAY too much and none of the adults made it to check-in unscathed. Grandma looked like she was having a coronary. I fell and all the luggage/car seats I was hauling landed right on top of me. Dave was listening to me snarl at him for going too fast and informing him that, "I EVEN fell," when he himself, fell over, and the kids were hot, whiny, and exhausted as well. It was 80 degrees and we were dressed for 0 degrees, so that did not help. BUT, we made it. We made it, and despite the long and uncomfortable days of travel to get there and back, we all look forward to doing it all over again when time and finances allow, and next time we know to PACK LIGHTLY!!!!!!
Congratulations! This is it. You have made it through nine days of rambling and run on sentences!