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Forget the baby oil. Slather on the sunscreen.

June 14, 2012 - Kristy MacKaben
There was a funny post going around Facebook this week comparing the beach experience with and without kids. After our whirlwind trip to the beach this week I couldn't relate more. With Scott traveling for work, I decided to take the kids to Ocean City, Maryland, and my parents came along. It was an awesome, but exhausting three days. With one kid frolicking in the waves and the other child halfway down the beach chasing "squeak-gulls," there wasn't much lounging or relaxing on beach blankets. Reading a book is definitely out of the question. Then, there's the lump of sand in the crouch of little girl bathing suits, and the inevitable sand in the eyes, nose, mouth or boo boo. One child is almost always hungry, thirsty, tired or in need of a potty (or pullup change)...or band-aid...or timeout. Yes. The beach vacation is definitely nothing like it was a decade ago. But, I'm Ok with that. As a mom it doesn't get much better than watching your kids giggle as they jump over the waves or exhalt in finding the pefect seashell. Building sandcastles with Johnny and holding hands with Julie as we ventured into deeper water was a lot more fun than tanning myself on a lawnchair all day. And, sharing these quick, but special moments with my parents made this little getaway even more meaningful. Undoubtedly, they were remembering Ocean City vacations years ago when my dad buried us in the sand or we sat for hours creating elaborate sand villages with moats and bridges. (We have the Scopes to remind us of all those fun times.) While there was nary a pina colada in hand this week, the kids and I didn't want to leave today. And, that's what really makes it all worthwhile.


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