My favorite vacation spot is the beach….. I love the smell of the salt water, the sound of the waves, and feeling the sand on my feet. I had to share the love of the ocean with my children, so we packed up and went to Galveston. No, this wasn’t a spontaneous trip, you all know me better than that. Everything must be planned. My mom, sister, and I have been planning this for a few months now. We took all 3 kiddos to Galveston for a few days and we all had a wonderful time.
We arrived there Sunday at about 4:00. The kids couldn’t wait to get into their swimsuits and go down to the beach. They all jabbered on about building sandcastles, but not one of them built one that evening. I was worried that Alanna would not go out in the ocean because she refuses to go in the waves at Surf ‘N Swim. We were not on the beach 30 seconds and Alanna was running out into the waves and laughing. She was having the time of her life, giggling every time a wave hit her.
Sebastian did not share the thrill of the waves with his sister at first. My son is very cautious of new things and is not very keen on having dirt on his feet; something very hard to refrain from doing on the beach. I know he is probably one of the only boys that does not like to get dirty, but I am completely fine with that. The first time we went into the ocean, he was very unsure of the waves and was knocked down a few times. But by Monday, he was having fun with all of us, giggling and splashing in the water. Everytime a wave splashed into him he laughed and said “Do it again!!” It was great watching my children have so much fun.
Monday evening we finally built our sandcastle. I had gone to Wal-Mart and bought molds to build a very lavish sandcastle. Of course, they didn’t work. The sand either wouldn’t come out at all or came out in crumbles. But we improvised and had more fun making our own sandcastle anyway. Alanna was very anxious to fill the moat around the castle with water, and she was in charge of getting the water in the bucket.
Of course we also went walking along the beach hunting for beautiful shells. Alanna filled her bucket with shells while Sebastian filled his with rocks to throw into the water. Later, Sebastian used his artistic skills to decorate the sandcastle with seashells. He later took all the seashells and sorted them into groups. (Yes, my son has lots of quirks and I love everyone of them.)
Finally, to make our vacation the perfect “Lampoon” style vacation, we couldn’t come home without an injury. Alanna got a busted lip from the ice bucket her aunt Krisi was holding. And of course, it happened on the first night. Her lip was really swollen and it took a lot of convincing, but she finally agreed to put ice on it. Poor sweet girl, she fell asleep that night holding her ice cold rag to her lip. The next morning, the swelling was almost completely gone, and she didn’t let it stop her fun time in the waves.
Now we have made it home and I feel like I have done a million loads of laundry and I am almost completely unpacked. I wish I had taken more pictures and videos, but honestly I spent most of the time playing with the kids and making special memories with my wonderful children.