...Don't try to make a sand castle when with Destructo (aka: the Nateman) is around. He was given his pestering skills honestly through his dear father, that's fo' shizzle. Each time we would get a decent tower built, Nate would come over and destroy it and then pelt us with fist-fulls of sand. ...Building a "swimming pool" in the sand buys loads of time at the beach. Just dig a big hole and tell the girls to run back and forth with buckets of water until the "pool" is completely full. Sit back and enjoy the show while working on your tan...oh wait, you're a redhead...while working on your burn.
...If there is a dead fish along the humpteen mile shoreline, my son will find it...and stick it in his mouth. I'm totally not kidding.
...My kids sleep like crap in a hotel room. Well, let me rephrase that...my son sleeps like crap most nights, and it just so happens to be worst in a hotel room. The following day, my husband awarded our little family with a bottle of Benadryl while stating it was the best $8 he'd ever spent. I agreed. ...Taking 3 kids ages 5 and under to the pool by yourself is stupid. Seriously, what were you thinking? Sure the oldest technically knows how to swim, but you still have to check on her every 3 minutes to make sure she hasn't drowned. The middle-un wraps her arms around your throat so tight that you see all colors of stars in your eyes. The little-un LOVES the water...read that "he loves to jump in and sink to the bottom the second you turn you head". Not to mention that chlorine has the unlabeled side effect of "phantom poop inducer" on your kids. Interpretation: every time your kids swim, they feel like they need to poop...every 5 minutes...and as soon as you pack up everything and enter into the bathroom, it turns out to be a false alarm...did I mention that this happens every 5 minutes? No, seriously!
If you let your kids within a 10 foot radius of your bed, you will be sleeping on a pile of flesh-eating sand all night. No exceptions.
We had a good trip to Daytona. The kids went to bed asking if we can go again tomorrow, so I guess that pretty much constitutes as a good trip. This year, the girls have loved the beach, and we are now looking forward to our trip to Marco in June! Nathan is tuckered out big time. He has been getting so tired so fast lately, so I hope that he can use tomorrow to recoop and rest up. All in all, it was a wonderful couple of days to just get away.