Summer is nearly over. The kids head back to school next Monday which makes me simultaneously thrilled and sad. Is it just me or does time seem to speed up as your kids get older?
We spent last week visiting my parents at the condo complex they manage in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Rehoboth is both a typical beach town (motels, fudge shops, beach stores filled with souvenirs, and tons of people visit for the day) but also has some amazing restaurants and shops, as well as lovely beach homes tucked on either side of the boardwalk with beach prices to match.
Their condo complex is an older condo complex, but well-maintained. Each unit is owned by a different owner so some are more casual and beachy with some of the original woodwork on display while others are more like sophisticated retreats. The complex itself has a very 60’s vibe to it, which I love. It’s right on the boardwalk and literally steps from the beach. I’m pretty jealous of their setup, and while it’s not a big place we were all able to squeeze into the living room area (they have two bedrooms, but one is their office space). Worth it to wake up at the beach each morning, for sure.
The complex also has a small (but generally empty) pool that the kids loved playing in. We spent a lot of time shuttling between condo, beach and pool.
My oldest spent his summer working one day a week helping people move their bags into their places (a great job for his first gig). Not a bad gig, and with easy access to the boardwalk he had a fun summer.
We had a great week, but it was also exhausting in the way all family vacations are with young kids. Fun, but SO not relaxing. I tried to sneak in downtime when I could including a date night with my guy, a few early morning walks, and some beach time with coffee.
We buried small people in the sand a LOT, jumped in some crazy waves, and played at FunLand. The kids are now all old enough to really LOVE the ‘big kid’ rides, which scares me. Despite riding those SAME rides when I was their age, it’s crazy to think they are all old enough to enjoy spinning and going upside down.
We also got some much needed cousin time with my sister’s four lovely little people. (and I got some much needed sister time) It was amusing how they all paired up, and how much the littlest of all (3 years old) could bring my teen out of his shell. There’s something about a giggling 3 year old that does that to us all I suppose.
It’s especially nice to see my youngest and my sister’s son play together. He’s the only boy in her house, so to have a cousin to play with that’s not only his age, but who also loves the same things is a real treat for both of them.
But with summer coming to a close, I’m trying my best to soak up what’s left of our summer. I expect this to continue through next week as I soak up a little more pool/game/lazy time with the kids and tackle some much needed house projects that are half finished once the kids are back in school.
For now I’ll be playing Zombies!!! , going swimming a few more times, and trying to get everything in order before school starts next week.
Update: Seems like some of the photos didn’t embed right, sorry about that! All fixed now.