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August 24, 2009

After three thousand miles and two weeks of free time between here and Chincoteague, Virginia — one week getting to and from there; one week being there — we are at home in Arkansas. (At least until the wee hours of Thursday morning, when we’ll head out again for a fun family wedding in upstate NY.) It was a great trip: Our days of long, quiet drives through many Appalachian mountains and pretty country in Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina roadsides flanked short, noisy days of beach, family and food.


I was ready for waves, clams, and the stack of paperbacks we picked up at a bookstore on the way. D was ready to swim, cruise the island by bike, and drink bourbon with the other Men on Vacation. An album of Jack’s favorite vacation snapshots would include the brightly colored fire hydrants of Knoxville, the spokes and pedals of many a parked bicycle, and his 8-year-old cousin slash idol, George.

The height of Jack’s fun at the beach can be summed up as follows:


Meaning, in order to enjoy it he had to be asleep. He didn’t want to see, hear or feel the ocean, and continued exposure did nothing to change this. Here’s hoping that Operations Sandbox and Swimming Pool change his mind before next August.

So, instead of the sand castle playtime I was expecting, D and I took turns with Jack, and I got long walks on the beach with two of my sisters.



And now we’re home again, however briefly, and glad to have a place we love – even if it is a hardhat area. It’s back to work, busy with back-to-school. And as usual, after a long break, we’re tired.

Jack isn’t.



Happy Monday!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2009 9:21 pm

    Awesome post! I’m glad y’all had a good trip… even if things didn’t exactly go as expected. Awesome pictures! And I look foward to y’all dinner with kiddos September 13th and our dinner without the little ones September 18th!!!

    Have fun in NY!!!

  2. August 24, 2009 9:38 pm

    I love the picture of your husband holding Jack on the beach. My sister lived on the Island of Chincoteague for 3 years. I use to be down there all the time. She was actually just there for a visit and said the lighthouse was open for visitors and they got to go in and up to the top.
    Sound like you guys had a good time but you are off again soon, you should do the laundry and then put it back in your suitcase (LOL).

  3. August 27, 2009 6:01 pm

    I bet by next year he’ll love it. My daughter had the exact same response to the sand and ocean last year, and this year she kept crying ‘Bye bye waters’ as we were leaving. We go down to Sandbridge, which isn’t far from Chincoteague, if I remember correctly. Nice photos!


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