My sister turned 30 this weekend (yay! happy birthday sweet Susan!), and the one thing she wanted to do was take a weekend vacation...with everyone. I was all, Umm...do you know how loud and noisy and overwhelming this could be? Are you sure you want this for your 30th? Are you really sure? You only get one 30th birthday. And she, in her sweet way, was all, I love being with everyone, this is exactly what I want(ed)--it's fun for me.
So it was pretty awesome getting to reap the benefits of her 30th birthday--a mini family vacation for all. My parents rented this amazing cottage-like house, decorated like it just stepped out of a Pottery Barn catalog, right on the bay. It was fabulous.
The weekend went a little like this:
Lots of noise from the Five under Five. Coffee sipping on the porch. Overlooking the Chesapeake early in the morning. Fishing and kayaking from the dock. Tickle fights. Baby cuddles. Hugging cousins. Bickering cousins. Late night bananagrams playing. 30th Birthday Celebrating. Couch snuggling. Mid-day napping. Beer drinking. Book reading. Tornado warnings. Fancy restaurant dining. Easy going breakfast-making & eating. Balloon tossing. Shell sorting. Grandparent loving. Lots of laying around.
Basically? A good, refreshing time.
Happy Birthday, sister. Thanks for letting us all crash your birthday and make lots of memories.