We took our first real family vacation as a foursome. But it was really more of an eighteensome. My family joined 4 other families at Destin, Florida. We all stayed in one big house together. And if you ever wanted to know what “The Real World” would look like with 8 kids under the age of 5, this was it. There was a great deal of nudity. People were peeing on the floor and passing out on the beach. There were more than a few physical fights. And there were glow-stick parties in the closet. The adults also managed to have their own late night pool party one night. In short, it was pure insanity.
We managed to get to the beach every single day. Beach access was only a few blocks away from the house we were staying in. One night we flew kites on the beach as the sun set. It was truly a magical moment. My little ladies were surprisingly brave in the gulf waters and really found their sea legs in the pool. Edith even learned how to swim underwater by the end of the trip. She was deathly afraid of seeing crabs before we left for the trip she kept claiming she would not go to the beach because the crabs would bite her. After finding many hermit crabs and seeing one full sized crab, she repeatedly said “See, I told you there would be crabs!” In addition to the crab sightings, there was a stingray who swam a little too close to me, someone saw a shark, and there were several small fish in the waters that really enjoyed biting me.
The small children drove their parents crazy. There were moments that I announced that I’d never do it again, but I think now that I have had a few days of distance, I can say that I would do it again in a heartbeat.