Every summer we have great intentions to make it to the beach as much as possible. Then reality hits… Beach = traffic, packing the car, traffic, sunscreen galore, traffic, sandy kids, traffic, expensive parking, sandy food, and traffic. Then we reach the beach and all my worries are gone… we have a wonderful day and I vow to go again as soon as possible! This summer, we have made it to the beach twice. And, we have hopes to go again, soon. Honestly, despite all the negatives listed above, the good really outweighs the bad. (That is, until the day after the beach comes, when kids are tired and cranky, but that’s another story!) Beach, we love you! Friends, we love you! Family, we love you! Summer, WE LOVE YOU!