Summer time in Upstate NY ment and end to the fight against snow-banks and finally getting your feet out of those big, hot nasty boots. It means warm days at the local lake and cool nights to sit around the bonfire. Summer in NY is cookouts and boating...and nice adult beverages with friends (big SMILEY face here).
I am quickly learning that summer in Florida means something entirely different. Summer in Florida means sand, sea and surf!
|Yes that is my car loaded down with the kids and husbands surf boards|
My husband grew up here in Florida so naturally him and my kids had to have surf boards. Now I am not much of an "ocean" person. Don't get me wrong I love the water. But the idea of being in the OCEAN in water that is at least to my waist (if not deeper) with things that can take my leg off (sharks duh!) or sting me (jellyfish) just really does nothing for me. But my kids had other ideas. And of course they took to the water like fish and have no fear of the relentless waves or things that may want to eat them (yes I know it's an irrational fear, but we are all allowed to have them), and yes I do sit and watch the water for the elusive fin to appear.
So every weekend we load up the car and head to the beach. I love the beach. Not the sand that ends up everywhere, but I do love going to the beach and just sitting there doing nothing for a few hours. However, going to the beach with "surfers" can be boring for a non-surfer. My wonderful, attentive (said with a lot of sarcasm) husband gets the kids all set-up with their boards and then paddles himself out and we don't see him for HOURS! No I am not exaggerating. He will be gone for hours, leaving my with these two fish-kids. Now, my kids have yet to master the art of surfing. They are learning, but they still need a lot of hands on teaching. So when they come to me and want me to help them I have to laugh. I HAVE NO CLUE! I refuse to get on a board. 1. because I am the absolute biggest klutz on the face of the earth, and would either break the board or my neck(I am dead serious) 2. I DON'T GO IN ABOVE MY CALFS!(remember those sharks and jellyfish)
Sitting at the beach can get boring even for kids. You have to make sure you bring something to do or they have a very good imagination. My kids can find just about anything to complain about. But when we are at the beach I seldom hear a complaint. They actually get along with each other! It's amazing. They can play in the water for hours, swimming, jumping waves or playing with their boards. They build sandcastles, look for shells, and bury each other in the sand. You'd be amazed at the places you can find sand once you leave the beach. Especially if you spend a few hours burying your sibling (I think they do this to each other as punishment).
So, now that I have just rambled on and on about the beach I guess you can say my favorite thing about summer is....the beach.
What's your favorite thing about summer?