We spent the latter half of June at the coast of Florida on what would become known as The Great Richmond Reset. After the past two years of being fully entrenched in getting Lulu home and then working to find our way to a new normal, the time away, the space to breath, the ocean to calm even amidst continued chaos, was a memorial stone for our unit of five. I did not have my camera out nearly as much as I would have liked to, but thanks to my phone and instagram, many a moment were captured. I put a few of our favorites together below, and thought it would be fun to compile a list of memories or observations made during the trip to accompany the pictures. A former, more ambitious and well-organized version of myself would at this point suggest I’ll make this the start of a new tradition to be built upon with each family vacation. Silly ol’ naive me.
1. Asher is emerging as the most hilarious member of our five – 97% unintentionally.
2. Swim diapers + stomach bug = plenty of “just-figure-it-out” parental moments.
3. If we lived near the ocean, it would take all of 3.33 hours for Emma to become a full-fledged surfer girl. Someone get this chick a beach cruiser.
4. It is apparently perfectly acceptable to charge $8 for a shaved ice as long as you call it “Gourmet” and the surf can be heard from your storefront.
5. A scoop of cotton candy ice cream hits the pavement with much more SPLAT! than actual cotton candy.
6. The Ethiopian DOES.NOT.LIKE.COLD.WATER.
7. After several tackles to “save Lulu from the OSHA-AN!” Asher may have a strong future in football.
8. How is it we never have enough snacks at the beach? Why is everyone so darn hungry?
9. A three-year-old will spend hours daily casting his fishing line into the trees outside your beach cottage, but won’t last the time it takes to hook bait at the real thing.
10. One bag of kettle corn for two weeks of vacation is a tragic miscalculation.
11. If you encourage a child to “pee in a crab hole” to save a trip back to the house, you will find him urinating in your backyard once you return home.
12. A seven hour drive grows by one hour per child you have in the car.
13. We are still quite the spectacle even seaside.
14. I still cry when we must drive away from the ocean toward home.
15. Regardless of how much fun you have had or how well a trip has gone, on that last morning your children will scream, cry and pout at the mere mention of proper photograph [see below].
16. A vacation with kids may leave us more exhausted than before we left home, but the opportunity to be crazy us, oceanside will always refresh, rejuvenate and reset our tattered sails.