The Bass/Bruns trip 2011 was great! We are approaching a phase in our beach life that we have never been before . . . enjoyment with kids, relaxing with kids . . . it was (dare I say) relatively easy this time.
I have always been a beach lover. I could sit and listen to the ocean and smell the sea and lie in the sand for 20 hours of each day we are there. It is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the world for me. With kids it is different, but what I am discovering is that experiences with my kids add another layer of magic and joy. I love seeing things through their eyes. And this trip, they all loved the sand and the water! When Tru was little, we had to keep a washtub full of sand-free water for him to sit in under an umbrella because he was so sensitive to light and textures. This year, we couldn't keep up with his bodysurfing and body-burying!!
The trip down there was not without experiences . . . Sascha stayed in trouble the whole way with her inability to leave her brothers and sister alone . . . the hotel we stayed at midway was . . . interesting . . . and Tru ended up running fever and coughing his head off the 2 days we drove.
This is Sascha midfit about something
Once we got there though, we had great fun and made great memories. (Even though Bo and Sascha caught Tru's fever and cough.)
There is a really fun area about a mile down from where we stay called Pier Park. It has restaurants, shops, and an area of fair games our kids call the carnival . . . such a great way to end a day at the beach!
Our last night there we took the obligatory white beach pictures and accomplished another first--there are several good shots! I don't have all of them uploaded to my computer yet, but here are a few of my faves