Since we went to an "all year round" school year, our summers have been extremely to short. If you have kids that are involved in school sports, or band your summer is even shorter. Normally one of the two months is filled with camp, clinics, and ball games. Then when you add in Vacation Bible School, and Church camp, you might get a good three weeks to go anywhere. So you take what chances you get to do anything.
Syd was on a traveling softball team, so most of our weekends were spent at a ballpark. At one point this summer we went to a ball tournament (Saturday & Sunday), came home packed went to church camp, came home from camp the following Saturday, had a week off, had softball tournament Friday & Saturday, and then that Sunday Syd left for Orlando for a Leadership conference for church for another week. It got pretty hectic there for a while.
In July we were able to go to the beach, but with a catch. We had a softball tournament. :) Let me say this again, softball tournaments at the beach are exactly the same as a tournament in your own town. Softball fields are softball fields! Some just look a little prettier than others. Oh and you can't see the beach at the tournament, actually part of your games aren't anywhere near the beach. They are sometimes about 45 minutes away. All that to say, you have limited beach time.
Here is Syd on the phone (whats new) looking at the beach, but about to leave for a ball game.
We did have a pretty good time though while we were there. We didn't do a lot of tourist attractions this year. We choose to go to the beach every opportunity we could. My sister Deta did get to take some good pictures of Syd and Logan while we were down there.
We actually did this one shoot, where we "trashed" a dress. Well actually two dresses. Syd and I had our picture made together all in white. Then when the shoot was over, we walked into the ocean with our white dresses on. Just a note for future reference, don't go into the ocean with a white dress on. It becomes invisible. This is a family blog so I can't put those pictures up here. Like I would do that anyway.
You may be wondering where is Jessie during all this? Well, a funny thing happens when you graduate from high school and start working an almost full time job. You don't just "get" a vacation anymore. So you don't get to go on the family vacations like you used to. It's awful growing up.
Just a reminder to all of you down on the gulf or going to the gulf. With Gustav coming watch the flags if they say this.....
and you go ahead and get into the water, this might happen.
You might have to be rescued from the water.
So all in all we had a good time this summer. Busy, but fun. We are hoping to go back to the beach this fall. Maybe it will be a slower paced trip than this last one.
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