The only drawback on this vacation was limited cell phone signals and no Internet. It really soon became okay with me and was actually liberating not being so tied to my computer! The condo was nice and very close to the beach. Carolyn and I soon fell into a familiar routine of getting up, packing up for the beach and taking the few minute walk to the sand. The beach is my favorite place in the world. It's calming, relaxing, and just a pure sign that God created heaven and earth. For me, it's as close to heaven as you can get on earth. I know Carolyn feels the same.
HOWEVER... I missed LJ like Crazy Cakes! I was not nearly as talkative or outgoing and was pretty much a stick in the mud. Sorry Carolyn! One day, I think I made up for all the sleep I have missed since we got LJ. We bought a great beach umbrella and piled up under it everyday and slathered on the sunscreen. The day I rubbed SPF 50 on my sister's back, I had to tell her that I never thought I'd see the day! LOL!
I didn't take pictures. I didn't even pick up my camera. I just longed for Geoff and Lexi to return. By Wednesday night I had had enough. I texted Geoff at 11:00 pm and told him "I miss my baby and I will never leave her for this long EVER again!" He texted me back and told me he would come back Thursday afternoon. Yea!!! Thursday I was a happy camper and back to me.
On Friday, we all got up, packed and headed to the beach! LJ in tow! My life complete with LJ and Geoff. Lexi loves the beach. Her earlier hesitation on Sunday was gone. I took her in the water and she eagerly pointed out every wave as it came to us and screeched with joy when I dipped her in the middle of the waves! She cracked me up when after every dip she would say "yummm!" as she tasted the salt in the water. We looked for shells and played in the sand. She loved stomping my attempts to build a sand castle. She was precious in every way. It's such a joy to know that your child has a love for things you love. I can only imagine the joy we will have together discovering treasures on the beach and playing in the water. It was also precious to watch her walking down the beach with her Daddy holding her hand with her beach bucket dangling from her hand.
Our vacation had many purposes. We shared the expense of the condo with my sister and allowed us all to have more time at the beach. It allowed Carolyn and Lexi to bond more and gave me a few days to myself for the first time in 3 months. (Our 3rd month anniversary of returning from China was the first day of our vacation!) Plus, we were able to make to a very special reunion. That will be the Part 3 post. I know this is a lot to read but I need to record it all for Lexi. She will read this blog someday and I want her to be able to read all about our life together. As always, I try to keep up on things for her.
(pictures will be posted ASAP!)