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I’m not sure how much I’ve shared here but it’s no secret that toward the end of our Sayulita, Mexico trip Jeremy and I started getting homesick. Sure, we had each other and we love a good adventure – but we were ready to be home. We had even considered the possibility of changing our flight to get back a day early. But Sayulita was only the middle of a string of summer travel. I only had a day to unpack my bags before heading back down to Houston, TX to work with Brené – which was right on the heels of a family vacation to Seaside, Florida.

I was thinking I might not even blog about this particular family vacation. In part, because I didn’t do a great job documenting the affair. In fact, I spent most of the vacation feeling pukey and catching up on sleep. I also considered what it might be like to have a normal vacation without blogging about it. But two weeks later I’m starting to feel a bit nostalgic – this family vacation is one I never want to forget. It’s rare that the whole gang I call family convenes in one place together. Me, Jeremy, my sister, her husband and their two kids (ages 9 and 5), my mom and dad (still married after 40+ years), and my circus sideshow brother and his beautiful burlesque dancing girlfriend – all together for a week of beaching, hole-digging, eating, swimming, Settlers-of-Cataning and seriously lazy lounging. It was uneventful but reliable – peppered with inside-jokes, hearty laughs, cold beers, and a few sideways glares – just like a perfect family vacation should be. Sure, I still craved my own bed and my own food – but I didn’t feel very far away from home.

  1. Beautiful. Family vacations are so important. This one sounds like it was extra special to you!

  2. I’m glad to hear you had a good time! Sometimes a change of scenery or people can be just the thing!

  3. knirkus

    I just loved those sunglasses 🙂
    They just put a giant smile on my face, all by themselves. 😀

  4. Jay

    I would love to do a family vacation as adults – it’s probably been a good 15 years since we’ve all travelled together!

  5. Ffion

    Family vacations are wonderful. Ours are getting rarer as us kids grow up and have different commitments at different times. We don’t often manage to do something all together anymore…

    Glad you had a fun time! I love the cartwheel photograph for some reason.

  6. Family vacation are a kid are among my very, very best memories. I fantasize about getting all my cousins together to camp in Michigan again some day…

    And truly, sometimes one of the best things about vacation is the way it makes you appreciate HOME.

  7. rox

    obsessed w/ your yellow sunnies!

  8. marisa

    family is home.

  9. Emily

    Just got back from a family vacation in Seaside, FL this past Sunday and immediately knew from those photos that they had to be taken in that area. Such a neat town, we go every summer.

  10. aw! i love your family vacation photos! such happy photos!

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