Not even an hour into our drive to the beach and Natalie goes, “Are we almost to my Nonna and Papa’s house?”
“Sorry, we have seven hours to go,” I explained.
Natalie, who doesn’t really grasp the concept of time went, “Okay, so almost there then?”
“Sure. Yeah. Almost there,” I agreed. I handed her a new DS game to keep her amused. Brave, naturally. Then I opened my new Kindle Fire and started to read the newest Jane Green book. Sometimes I feel guilty reading. Should I be talking more to Tom, who was doing the driving? Or should I read in peace, something that I rarely get throughout the day?
Yeah. I read in peace.
Oh, I still talked, don’t get me wrong, but I did a lot of reading.
My parents live around San Antonio so we hit a little bit of traffic, and then we were pulling up in front of their house.
“I can’t wait to see my brother. I hope he still remembers me,” Natalie said.
Tommy had been with my parents for about two weeks. He had attended a zoo camp. I missed him too. It was weird not having someone spout out weather facts throughout the day and asking if Oklahoma City was bigger than New York City.
I expected my boy to run out, arms outstretched, because hello, the woman who had given him life had arrived.
It was just my Mom coming out. No Tommy.
Apparently he had gotten so nervous waiting for us that he had gone upstairs to watch TV. Oh well. So I went upstairs thinking that he’d come barreling into my arms shrieking, “I missed you, Mommy!” Instead he looked up from the paper he was drawing on and went, “Hey,” as though I had just been gone for like an hour or something.
Okay, so I get that he’s TEN now. But still.
However, he did give me a big hug and said that he missed me. There we go. Then he showed me all the power lines that he’s been drawing and told me that he was excited about going to the beach the next day.
Ahh, the beach.
The following day we did set off. We stay around Port Aransas. My kids, they are total beach people.
I think my entire family is. Here is everyone that was there:
My cousins, their kids, my aunt and uncle, my 91 year old Grandma (who told me quite frankly that she loved me anyway even though she didn’t care for my red hair), my cousin’s girlfriend from China…
It’s always nice to see everyone.
And it’s always nice to see the beach.
Natalie, she’s a daredevil, and would try to run out into the sea. I’d be chasing her going, “Come back!” so I imagine the people laying out on their towels LOVED me.
(That swimsuit is from Janie and Jack. I LOVE retro swimsuits with matching hats...)
And what was Tommy doing?
My Dad came out to take Natalie further into the ocean.
And then they fed the seagulls:
You know how I said I hoped I didn't get eaten by a shark?
I can't wait for next year!
Do you go to the beach over the summer?
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