We spent three days at the beach and I'm still recovering, which means I'll probably have fewer posts this week, but I will chime in on Jo-Lynne's carnival with what I learned from our trip.
**Hurricanes can wreak havoc on the ocean tides, making it un-swimmable. They also produce the biggest waves I've ever seen at our beaches. And they also create the best ocean breezes EVER.
**Hurricanes can also tear up a beach like there's no tomorrow.
**The "new" beach can be just as fun for play though, as Hurricane Bill created a neat stream around the back area of the beach with a big "island" in the middle. The stream kept getting refilled by the waves.
**Jillian LOVES the beach. She loves the sand. She loves the ocean. And most of all, she loves getting dirty.
**Vacations on the "cheap" can be just as fun as the ones that cost tons of money. We stayed at my aunt and uncle's beach house, grilled out for dinner one evening, and had breakfasts and lunches at the house. Total cost for our family of four for three days and three nights: somewhere around $250. (cost included beer for mommy and daddy!)
**Beach chairs are a complete lost cause when you have a toddler. All you do is carry them to the beach, set them up, and carry them back all sandy. No sitting allowed with a toddler who has no fear of the ocean. None.
**Beach vacations are no longer relaxing, in the former sense of the word. Fun, yes. Great memories, yes. Relaxing, notsomuch.
**A ten year old boy will actually tell you what an awesome time he is having if you take him to the beach for his last three days of summer vacation before school starts.
So there you have it: what I learned from our beach vacation.
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