August 25, 2011

How We Roll

This is how we roll at the beach.

We get up no later than 7:00. That’s kid-driven. One of us runs out for fresh-made bagels while someone brews the coffee. By 8:00 breakfast is served. By 9:00 the kids are sunscreened and our stuff is packed for the beach. At 9:30 we’ve scouted a place, chairs are out, umbrellas are up, and kids are sand-covered. We have lunch at noon, a combination of things we brought and beach food (pizza, boardwalk fries) then continue to become utterly filthy in the salt water and sand. By 2:30, we’re baked. We head to the house, clean up and head to Funland for the rides that have been there in place since the 50’s. Then dinner. At 7:00 every evening there’s a dance party followed by bed for the children. The adults stay up, sitting on the porch enjoying adult beverages until the first of us starts to drift off.

There are exceptions to these schedules, made for sailing or bike riding or random walks on the boardwalk for boardwalk games and cheap stuffed prizes.

This is how we roll at the beach.

Posted by Chris at August 25, 2011 8:10 AM

Sounds like my life everyday. In my wildest dreams anyway. Have fun!

Posted by: Elizabeth at August 25, 2011 8:56 AM

That sounds absolutely fantastic! Enjoy!

Posted by: Carrster at August 25, 2011 9:35 AM

makes me smile! makin' memories right there, you are!

Posted by: kati at August 25, 2011 1:33 PM

I would really love to know where you go to the beach because here in the PNW it's nothing like that! Your version sounds absolutely delightful minus being covered in sand and plus a good book. Glad to hear you're all enjoying yourselves!

Posted by: Dian at August 25, 2011 4:06 PM

Sounds like lots of fun! If the water at Galveston wasn't so gross, we'd probably drive down there more often.

Posted by: AlterKATEtion at August 25, 2011 4:58 PM

Still looking for that "like" button!! Sounds like a wonderful time.

Posted by: Krush at August 25, 2011 6:31 PM

What a wonderful way to spend time at the beach. The memories you and your family are creating will last a lifetime! BTW reading your post was a flashback to MY childhood as my family hit OC for a spell just about EVERY summer. Don't forget the sunscreen and keep having a blast! -Mutt

Posted by: Mutt at August 25, 2011 8:15 PM

Next year I am going to hide in your suitcase.

Posted by: Annie at August 26, 2011 12:07 AM

Now that's fun!

Here's how WE roll at the beach. Drive 3 miles. Circle for parking. Look longingly at the beach, trying not to run over tourists. Still can't find parking. Drive home, cursing at them summer tourists. Go upstairs. Grab a beer. Take the blanket down to the little strip of grass in apartment courtyard. Lay out, dreaming of empty beach once school starts again.

Yup. We Southern Californians are spoiled. :)

Posted by: oakley at August 26, 2011 2:41 AM

(Um. I think my comment didn't actually post. Let's try again.)

That sounds awesome. You guys really appreciate the beach. Here in Southern California, this is how we roll.

Drive 3 miles to the beach. Look for parking. Steal glances at the beach, trying not to run over summer tourists. Can't find parking. Get frustrated. Head home. Grab a beer. Lay out in the little strip of grass in the apartment's courtyard, dreaming of the empty beach once school starts back up. Yep. Us Southern Californians are spoiled. :)

Posted by: oakley at August 26, 2011 2:44 AM

You're coming home soon and avoiding the hurricane, please?

Posted by: alektra at August 26, 2011 7:24 AM

At least until Irene tells you to roll on out, anyway!

Hope you enjoyed a few days of perfection!

Posted by: Mindy at August 26, 2011 1:19 PM

that is an awesome way to roll!

Sorry you had to come home early.

Posted by: cyndy at August 26, 2011 4:42 PM

Nice vacation! The land o' fun has been a part of my life since birth. Family owned for 50 years, run by hometown and foreign exchange students. The best part? The Haunted House. It hasn't changed in 35 years.

Posted by: Patti at August 26, 2011 7:15 PM

You all doing okay?

Posted by: Dianna at August 27, 2011 9:29 PM