Friday, November 27, 2009

Beach Friday

One of the wonderful things about creating a new family is being able to create your own traditions.  Traditions are a thing of trial-and-error; sometimes you try something that seems like fun and turns out to be a disaster that you never want to repeat.  But sometimes you try something new that seems like a fun idea and actually is a lot of fun.  That’s what happened today.

Instead of herding out the door this morning at 5am to take part in the American phenomenon of Black Friday, we decided to pack up our Thanksgiving leftovers and head to Monterey.  I had just been there two weeks ago with some friends and had such a great time that I wanted to go back with my family soon.  So the Friday after Thanksgiving seemed like a great time. 

So this morning we headed to our bagel shop for breakfast (another tradition - we always go there on the morning that we head out for a family adventure) and then drove southwest to the beach.  It was foggy, rainy, and cold, but we decided to go anyway.  One of the things we love about road trips is that it gives us time to talk during the day that we don’t normally have with kids around.  So we had great conversation while the kids listened to books on CD piped in the back of the car.

We drove down 17-Mile Drive and stopped at lots of beaches along the way.  The kids had a good time climbing on rocks, exploring sandy nooks, finding iridescent shells, and chasing seagulls.  Then we had a picnic lunch of Thanksgiving leftovers - Thanksgiving wraps (mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey, and cranberry sauce), nuts, pumpkin pie, and cookies.  By this time we were chilled to the core and decided we’d had enough beach and it was time to head home.  We tucked the kids into their car seats with their blankies and headed to town to find some hot chocolate.  Ben fell asleep almost the moment we got back on the road, so only Mark, Tommy and I got to enjoy it.

What a wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving weekend...making great memories with our family while being filled with wonder at God’s glorious creation of the ocean.  I can’t wait to have Beach Friday again this time next year.

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