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 (www.rosemarybeach.com)...it 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)
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