You know sometimes you just need a Simple Beach Trip with a simple house... a simple beach and simple food. Not a lot of expense. Not a lot of fluff. Not a 5 star resort with waiters and umbrella drinks or expensive airplane rides. Because what do we REALLY want? We just want time TOGETHER making memories and enjoying God's magnificent creation of the sand and the sea.
As a mother of 4, It's hard sometimes to watch everyone else take their kiddos all across the world. They are experiencing So many things that I still to this day have NOT. I know we could "make these trips happen".. But for us... it's just not what we want right now. Sometimes I ask myself "Is something wrong with us? Why don't we WANT to give our kids these types of summer vacations?" Then we have to reevaluate ourselves and ask if we are sure we don't want to take them to Disney or an exotic beach or a cruise.... But every time so far.... We just don't want to. We have our reasons. Maybe it's because we didn't do those things growing up? Some things are just so special to do now as an adult. I hope that one day my children will understand this and know it wasn't because we didn't love them any less. It wasn't because we didn't want to experience wonderful things with them. Cause we do!
WE just thrive on the easy and the simple.
Don't get me wrong, There ARE a few things I would love to do with the kiddos...but there are a lot of things I will leave for them to choose on their own to do with their spouse or family or friends.
Our simple summer vacation this year had benefits of just watching them play in the ocean and build sand castles with brown sand while their dog runs with them and watches them... It just makes us happy. To be able to cook simple meals and bring it to the beach makes the daily mundane life seem exciting for a mother/wife. I was so happy to bow our heads together beside the ocean with my family, serve them and watch them lick their plates and thank me over and over. Then run into the ocean and be kids. To me... that is a magnificent childhood. I never experienced these things. I am overjoyed and grateful to give my kids a tiny beach house and brown sand. To me, that is a true summer vacation WITH BENEFITS!
1st night beach selfie!
Icee in a Mason Jar
With My Love
Redneck doggy bowl....
Jensie's new things is ROARING and she ROARS at you and everything.... sometimes it's annoying and sometimes it's HILARIOUS
Content with Sand.... thank you
Happy to fish
Building things is fun
A dog that is smiling
A View that is from Our Heavenly Father
A Selfie with her dog
Looking at the ocean.... Sonny is like.... "But why?"
We buy our kids ice cream from the ice cream man on the beach and they continue to be ALL OVER their Daddy... Mommy is giggling and just has to snap a photo.
Mornin Beach snuggles... this is a daily regimen for the Orange kids.
Sometimes the eyes are as blue as the shirt..
Jensie loves the beach
Emmie loves to boogie board
He could possible have a modeling career on the rise.... just not sure which animal he is yet?
Jumping for Joy we are at the BEACH!
Orange Family... 2016
Me & the Honey
Me & the Boys
Me & the girls
Daddy loves his girls
and might dunk the boys!
growing up so fast
Is he starting Middle School in less than 20 days???
You see those white dots glistening in her eyes? Those are her stinker sparkles....
Caught a catfish
Some mother's get to go to resorts and lay out in the sun and don't hear kids for miles...
Mine buries me and slaps me on the bootie and laughs at it cause it shakes.... and I just lay there......
But she's so happy....
If this ain't a sunset picture I don't know what is?
All he wants to do!
Night waves rock
Beautiful FISH! A Salt Water Drum! Impressive Noah!!
Our last night on the beach is always a picnic supper and our kids LOVE it and so do we!
Until next time.... That Was Dog Gone FUN!!!!