Monday, May 28, 2007

Day One

I do hope that no one thought that I was trying to put Grandma down in my last post. I simply think that real life needs to be talked about. Every day is not a rosy picnic. I think it makes me seem more real to let you see what really happens in my life.

Our first full day of vacation in North Carolina was absolutely wonderful. Verne, Abigail, Collin, and I went for a walk this morning. We had quite an adventure. We saw a huge snake in the water. It was actually quite scary. (This was in a marsh, not the ocean.) Then we saw LOADS of turtles sunning themselves on a bank. We collected pine cones along the way. Sometimes the quiet moments are the best ones. I can't wait to post pictures. There is no way to plug my SD card into Verne's laptop, so I have to wait until we get back home.

We were in the pool by 10:30. Grandma sat out with us and enjoyed watching the children play. She gets tan so... easily. It's not fair! There was a game of water volleyball as well.

Since everyone was wet I carried sandwich fixings down to the pool. We enjoyed lemonade, turkey and ham sandwiches, dill pickles, and cookies. Yummy.

This afternoon as Grandma rested a bit we went to the beach for about half an hour. We collected lots of shells, and waded in the surf. It was beautiful.

When we arrived back at the house we enjoyed a refreshing Popsicle, and talked and relaxed. We cranked Andrea Boccelli on the stereo while Verne cooked tacos for dinner. He even made a cake for dessert. What a great guy. He's taken over dish duty for the week, and wants to do the cooking.

After supper, we went back to the beach for just a short time. It was getting dark, and we enjoyed the waves crashing on the sand. There was hardly anyone there. Mac spotted a crab, and scooped him into a bucket. We brought him home to show Grandma.

Tomorrow we'll head back to the beach. Grandma is coming too. We'll return the crab, and wear our suits this time so we can enjoy the ocean water.

Off to play Pictionary!


Anonymous said...

I appreciate you willing to share real life with us, Tracy. Experiences with other people *are* real life and we don't live in cozy perfect realms where we're all just hunky dory 100% of the time. Along the way, somehow, life happens. :o)

Your first day reads just wonderful. Verne is quite a guy - cooking and dish patrol? wow. Now that's what I call a vacation! lol.


Ruth said...

It does sound like you all are having an awesome time. And no dishes for a! Will you be able to stand it? LOL!! Enjoy!

Lori B said...

Sounds like day 1 was fun and relaxing.
I wish I was sitting by a pool too.

It won't be long and I will be able to do that too.

Lyndy said...

Sounds like a lovely day. Hope you have just as much fun tomorrow.

Penless Thoughts said...

You are very "real" Tracy and I appreciate that about you very much. Sounds like you're having a maaaarvelous time. Enjoy!!

LBP said...

Oh! I sounds like you are having a wonderful time at the beach. I'm not sure we'll make it these this summer, how I will miss it! Have a great vacation.

Anna S said...

When I read this, I feel almost like a bit of me is relaxing as well (while the larger part of me remains here with finals and projects and such)... have fun!!

Diane @ Candid Reflections said...

Sounds like a neat time together with the fam. are so honest with life as it happens! It's in the "realness" of life that we learn patience and dependence on God and His strength.

Becky said...

Oooooo, we are havin' fun now!

Enjoy the beach!

Autumn said...

Hi Mom. Yes, we are all having fun on vacation. And Mac and I had fun playing Pictionary. MAybe you will win next time...=) jk

Gena said...

It sounds like you are having a wonderful vacation. I love being at the beach. It just feels like life moves at a different pace.

I can completely understand about Grandma. My mother lives with me. It is HARD. All the time. That is just sometimes the way real life is. Thank you for sharing - it makes me feel less alone!

Enjoy the rest of your vacation. And your husband cooking and cleaning? That is terrific. I can't wait to see pictures.

Beach Girl said...

And I can't wait to meet you!