It’s May: warm weather, fun in the sun and maybe a trip to the beach. Last May, Jeannine and I did something that would make most people scratch their head and ask, “Do you two honestly love kids that much?” We packed up one uncle, five kids ages 2, 5, 7, 8, and 11, and a twenty-something and drove 13 hours to arrive at our destination, Fort Morgan, Alabama.
Our accommodations were in a wonderful family friendly condo: three bedrooms, three bathrooms, large kitchen/ family area and an outside balcony which overlooked the ocean and pool area. One of our best days was spent down at the beach from around 10:30 am to 4 pm, creating a sand castle.
In the beginning there was a beach, 10:30 am.
What are you doing?
I’m making a sand castle.
Let me help!
I can help too.
Excuse me! Pardon me! Excuse me! Pardon Me!
Wow, it’s really coming along.
Hey guys, look at this cool bridge I’m building.
I don’t know about you guys, but my work here is done.
Hey Grandma, you want to help?
No, I’m great. I’ve got my beach chair, bottled water, cover-up, hat, glasses, plenty of sunscreen, ice cold Dr. Pepper and a good book. I’ll just stay put.
Hey, where did everybody go?
Let’s finish this.
Good thing we found these sticks.
The finishing touches.
The End, 4:00 pm.
It’s just amazing how five kids without any TV, computer games, iPods, etc. can take a flat beach, a couple of shovels and pails and entertain themselves all day without little to no adult instruction or prompting. There was not one cross word and they spent the day building, thinking, using large and small motor skills, not to mention laughing, smiling, and feeling a great sense of accomplishment.
The drive to the Alabama beach and then back home was long and exhausting but I wouldn’t trade that day on the beach reading and watching my five favorite kids building a sand castle for $1,000,000.
What is your million dollar moment with a bunch of kids?
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