We went to California last month with our friends Mike + Jina and their kids. Funny story: Aaron and I were so nervous about taking the kids on their first long road trip. Neither of our kids like the car very much, so we prepared ourselves for a lot of crying and whining during the 5 hour trip to San Diego. But, we were willing to endure it because we imagined how much fun they would have on the beach, building sandcastles and frolicking in the water.
Of course, things never work out like you expect they will – the road trip turned out to be the easy part! They were perfect angels in the car the entire trip. Once we got to the beach, however, they hated it, especially our little guy Oliver. Here he is, using his superpowers to will the ocean away from him:
Eventually they warmed up to it a bit, but not by much. Enjoy these photos of us cajoling our kids into enjoying the beach. It wasn’t relaxing by any stretch of the imagination, but it was incredibly fun (and made for some funny pictures). I guess that’s what family vacations are all about. :)
With all the ways we have to stay connected with each other, nothing beats the real thing. Soaking up moments in life together – not having to wait for a post on social media telling you about it. To laugh, be silly, or just smile, and not have those emotions reduced to emoticons in a text.
For me, this is what life is about and once a year I get to experience this with my whole family together, most who still call Ohio home.
It was such an amazing time, the weather was perfect, almost everyone was able to make it home (miss you Brett!), and we got to meet the newest member of the Hoskins crew, beautiful Evelyn. Life is good!