Well, I am back to the blog after MANY months. I started a new full-time job which consumes most of my computer time, so by the time I get around to pleasure use – I get burned out. Nothing refreshes the Dot-Two-Dot urge better than our annual Family Vacation, though. Spending time with family and friends at Imperial Beach. It is gorgeous COOL weather here while it is searing heat back home. Wish we could bottle the sea breeze and take it home with us. But, a full 7 days of sun and fun are all that we have to enjoy. We have two ocean-front condos with all the amenities.
Eating “in” most every meal, but we are all good cooks, so things are always delicious (though not so health conscious, as my daughter and son-in-law remind us). Some are into exercise, some into books and puzzles, some into bars and some just into the scenery and relaxation. Whatever their pleasure, all have plenty to keep them busy.This is the first vacation for little Cameron (only 3 months old now) who had a cute themed outfit for every day – travel to the beach; pirates; SPF 50 surfer shirt; monkeys and more. He is precious and a very good baby.
Those of you who know us, or have read previous blogs, know that we do a family play or themed event. This year it was 60’s Day. We made our own tie-dye t-shirts (Cameron got a tie-dyed Onesie – SOOOO cute!) and strung our own “Love Beads” (Dad made extra necklaces and rigged a great system for stringing them in a methodical way – always the engineer!). 60’s music filled the day. Meatloaf and Mac N’ Cheese were on the menu, followed by a Tie-Dyed Jello cake (yum). We ended with 60’s toy replicas (magic 8-balls, Slinky Dogs, Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Robots, Wooly Willy and Matchbox cars of 60’s models.
Our annual puzzle was a challenge, as always, but we accomplished it in 4 days. Colorful sailboats on a beach with a tropical sky and foliage. No “shovels” on the pieces, only knobs, so matching was tricky. Then there were the sand and sky pieces, all similar in color – but not when you really study them, eventually the subtle hues start to emerge and you see the connections. Kind of like families in general – don’t you think?
My daughter and I had a SPA DAY and got pedicures and cute little white flowers on our toes. We ramped up and got the leg exfoliant and massage – ahhhhh. Others got pummeled in the surf or sunburned – ouch. A few had a hangover – double-ouch.
Every night, it was sunset time – every night was an amazing photo opportunity. After dark, we could see the fireworks from SeaWorld and track satellites and see the stars, planets and constellations. Most went to bed early – what the heck, we’re on vacation!
As all families do, we have our “moments” but the memories outweigh the drama in the end. How lucky we are to be able to stay connected in this way. It is my wish that all the others feel the same way and carry on the tradition through the generations.