We always gather together for a week at the beach each summer. It's a fun place to enjoy being together and make memories. I've mentioned my memories as a child at the beach and wish the same for my children and grandchildren. This year our beach week came just when we needed a respite from the heat and humidity.
Both our son and daughter and their children join us as well as my nephew and his family. There are eleven in total staying in two separate condos. In our place our daughter, son-in-law, grandson and Grayden and I make it our home for the week. Our son and two grandsons and my nephew, his wife and their daughter stay in the other condo. We all eat together in our condo. This year I fixed the breakfasts and the dinners with help from my daughter and Grayden. Our son and nephew made all of the lunches. One evening we went to a Japanese Hibachi Grill. The children always enjoy watching the antics of the chef.
Our son has taken over the job of setting up the four umbrellas for shade. He also has the help of his sons and our oldest grandson to set up the eleven chairs. We are a big presence on the beach with all of our paraphernalia. It all comes together for a fun day on the beach.
The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. Jacques Cousteau
Our daughter is now on the train traveling with her husband to San Francisco to swim in the Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim. She is an open water swimmer who regularly swims in events around the country. Last year she swam in the Boston Harbor Sharkfest event. She wanted to do some open water swimming while we were at the beach and asked me to swim with her one afternoon. I told her I would just slow her down, but she insisted that wouldn't be a problem. So we both began to swim and I quickly realized this was difficult, but she encouraged me to continue with her. I did more floating than actual good swimming as she did, but it was fun to experience a tiny bit of her joy.
Our week was quite enjoyable with our whole family being together at one of our favorite places on earth, the beach.