We arrived back home last Saturday after a week at the beach, Carova, North Carolina, to be specific. I haven't spent a week at the beach since....the girls were 5 and 9 years old. Considering they are 12 and 16 now, it's been a while!
After a few challenges with transportation once we got there, it was a relaxing week. I should explain: our transportation challenges were rooted in the fact that our beach house was literally on the beach. OK, not so much on the beach (it was REAL close), but we had to drive on the beach for three miles to get to it.
I didn't know this until we got there, but I guess you are supposed to let out some air from your tires when you drive on the beach, even with 4-wheel drive. We did but let out too much air, which had two of our four tires shot, driving on rims on the beach. Chris and the boys spent practically one whole day getting these two tires replaced. $400 later, we were set.
It was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable weeks I can ever remember in my life. We slept late, ate good food (only ate out once...seafood of course!....and cooked at our house the rest of the time, mainly grilled), read, and spent most of our time in the private pool, hot tub, or beach.
Chewie had never been to the beach before. He had a great time jumping in the waves! Except for one day that we walked to the beach and he burned his paws....he didn't like that.
This week I was forunate to be home again as my office is closed this week as a cost-saving measure. We could take any combination of furlough days (we all have to take 3-5 this year), sick or vacation days for Monday-Wednesday. Regular holidays were scheduled for today and Friday for the July 4th holiday. Teenagers are at church camp and Chris had to work so it's been just Morgan and I. We've had fun from going to the cheap movies to see "Earth" to doing a little shopping, sleepovers with her friends, and working on soccer rosters.