This past long weekend we got the opportunity to visit one of our favorite summer spots in the dead of winter. Though it's so much fun to head to the beach in the summers, we've found it's equally as enjoyable to go in the winter too. We were able to do things we may not have time for when faced with endless miles of sand, sun, and waves during the warmer months. Plus, it's always so gratifying to slip away with our core family of six and enjoy each others company removed from the pressures of the recent holidays. I've learned that smelling the salt air is just as cathartic in January as it is in July. It's funny how simple things like a saltwater breeze, seashells, and sand between you toes can renew one's soul. In my case, you can take the girl out of Florida, but you can't take the Florida out of the girl.
Our view ...
It was so nice to see the sun after four days of solid rain and dreariness at home.
We spent some time retracing a little family history and went to see the Citadel parade of cadets at "Bogey's college", something that Matt used to do as a little boy. I love taking my kids to places and doing things that I (or Matt) experienced as a child. Showing my children their history is so much more fun than just telling them about it.
We got up close and personal with airplanes, aircraft carriers, and submarines when we visited the Maritime Museum in the harbor. Lots of little boys (and girls) dreams came to life over those few hours spent on board.
We spent a lot of time relaxing and did "beachy" things like getting ice cream, building sand castles, and even went swimming (in a heated - but still pretty cold - pool). The kids even got a chance to try out the fishing poles they got for Christmas. We literally had to drag them away from the marina after our fishing adventure ... they couldn't get enough! I have a feeling I know where Matt will be spending his Saturdays in the spring and it starts with an "L" and ends with an "A.K.E." Good thing we have one nearby!
We enjoyed our time so much, it was hard to say goodbye. We brought home a few souvenirs (in the form of 458 seashells) to get us through the next several months until we have a chance to go back. I'm already dreaming of drip castles and suntan lotion and it's only January! For now, it's back to the grind. Don't worry though, I've stored those memories up nice and tight and will be relying on them over the next few months to get me through the grind. I hope everyone had just as enjoyable weekend as we did!