Monday, August 28, 2006

What do you get with 6 adults, and 5 kiddos under the age of 4...all under the same roof for a week? No, not Big Brother 4, or some wacky reality show! A nice vacation, and a good opportunity to rekindle friendships.

We just returned from a fantastic trip to the Emerald Coast of Florida, with the Hutchins and the Robinsons. This part of FL was a first for us, but if you get a chance to visit Rosemary Beach ( is well worth it. The only thing whiter than my belly was the sugary sands hugging the ocean.

For a solid week, our itinerary included waking up to the melodic sounds of small kids beginning their days (or something like that). After breakfast, we would head to the beach for a little R & R, take a stroll through town for lunch, come back to the house for a quick swim (and wrestle Benny down for a nap). We would then head back to the beach for a quick play in the surf and sand, before making dinner and buckling in for the night (with the exception of the date night-sans kids, for each couple).

We made a few quick excursions to Sea Side. This was a fun place to eat a snack and browse through the local bookstore. There's nothing like fried popcorn shrimp/fries/fried pickles for breakfast. Also try the Red Bar for a great meal, if you are ever in the neighborhood.

Our family highlights were playing with Benny in the sand, waves, and pool. I personally enjoyed the late-night discussions before heading off to bed. Some of the topics included:

1. Would you vote for Bill Clinton if he were constitutionally able to run again?
2. Is the war on terror a just war, and would you want your son to be involved in the fight.
3. Who would you choose to invite to a dinner party (not including the slam dunks like Jesus...)? I chose General Jim Gavin, a deceased family member-but at a younger age, and MLK.
4. How does God "talk" to you? In a literal voice in your head, a whisper, conscience.....

Vacations are nice, but there's no place like home. I am even more enthusiastic to build my business, and help my clients. On a greater note, my friend Sean saw his young daughter, Emma, stand up for the first time. This is a milestone that is worthy of praise.

Books on my nightstand:
1. The Bible
2. Every Man's Marriage
3. Wooden on Leadership (ie: John Wooden)

For whatever reason, the pictures are not are forthcoming


Ed. Tritschler said...

You didn't ask but here goes.
1- I did not vote for Clinton BUT my net worth was higher during his watch by a significant amount from 2006.
2-I would not want my son or grandsons fighting in Iraq but Afganastan was a war on terror. I could try to live with their fighting there. In my opinion the war in Iraq was started and continutes because of the interest of our president.
3-I would invite my dad [ he died at my age ten] then round out the table with president Truman and Jackie Robinson, and a fifth for insperation, Jim Thorpe.
4- My night stand is holding the Bible, Clarence Thomas vercus Anita Hill, and The Long Count [ story of the Demsey Tunney fight] and long count that allowed Tunney to recover and beat tunney.
Glad you are back.

Ed. Tritschler said...

defeated fighter was Jack Dempsey

EBC said...

Thanks for the comments. It is great to be back. By the way, Truman was a pick of Aaron R's. Jim Thorpe would definitely be a good person to have dinner with.