Sunday, August 12, 2007
What a Difference a Year Makes
These pictures were taken on our beach trip last year (you can read the whole post about that trip here). I knew that Kyle would probably have a much different experience this year. Last year he didn't want to walk on the sand (even with his shoes on), and as you see here, he wasn't too thrilled with the ocean either. But when I looked at Amanda here, I was surprised to see that she looked different, anyway. I think that she enjoyed her trip more this year, too. Last year I wrote about her friendship at the beach, and this year she made even more friends with even less effort. I think that in years to come we might have to remind her that it is called a family vacation for a reason. But for this year, it allowed her to really enjoy her time at the pool and the beach with others her age.
For me, a big difference was a little more freedom (to read and relax), and a little less blogging! Looking back, I posted almost every day, but that was back in my first few months of blogging, and I was a little unbalanced. This time I posted a book review that I had already written, a link to my 5 Minutes for Books posts (that were also previously written), and one original post. That sounds like a lot, but it did allow me to be mostly unplugged from the www--reading and writing, and that was a good thing.
Terry and I both came away thinking that it was a really great trip. Everyone had fun, there was very little stress, and just as I wanted, a nice mix between scheduled activities and downtime.
A few more details and pictures will probably be forthcoming, but for now, here are some pictures proving Kyle's new-found love for water and sand, and a picture of my big-kid Amanda and little brother Kyle at our favorite ice cream place, Cape Cod Creamery. You should also know that ice cream is a very important part of Snapshot family vacations (and probably daily life in general).