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Our Last (long) Day in Destin

We over did ourselves today. 7 hours at the beach was probably a bit too much (and we have the sunburn to prove it). The kids were running on fumes when we left and so were Beth and me. Elizabeth spent about 6 of the 7 hours with Mrs. Salena and her family (they have offered to adopt her), Oscar spent the 2nd half of the day playing with Mr. Kenny (and he checked for him every time we walked by his chair until he got there), and Michael played with Chris, Mr. Kenny's 21-yr old son. It's great that the kids are so social, but I hope people don't think we are taking advantage of them.

At about 3, Oscar was sitting next to Mr. Kenny and was so tired that he could hardly speak. Mr. Kenny put down a boogie board for Oscar to lay on and as soon as he laid down, his arms went behind his head (his sign for I'm ready to sleep). He shut his eyes and we thought he was out, but he hung in there and never took a nap.

Elizabeth ate almost an entire can of Pringles from Mrs. Salena and drank their drinks too. Beth has lots of great pictures from Elizabeth and her new family.

Michael swam in the gulf with Chris and his girlfriend for a while and had Chris building a wall around a sand castle city that Michael had been working on all day. We had to leave before they got the wall finished, but Michael has already asked if we could go to the beach in the morning to finish it.

We had planned on taking a family picture tonight at the beach, but with all of them so tired, we decided that we would rather battle them at dinner than at the beach. We're going to attempt to take the picture in the morning before we skip town.

So, it's all over now except the packing. It's been a fantastic trip and we're ready to come back soon. We have exchanged phone numbers with the two families that played with the kids all week and hopefully we'll be able to sync up with them again next year. I definitely prefer coming down on a week other than July 4th. It's much, much less hectic.

Beth is on the verge of significant tear shedding and perhaps blubbering for having to leave. I hope she has enjoyed this vacation as much as I have and feels refreshed and recharged (especially since I go back to St. Louis on Monday). We have also decided that it is a goal of ours to own a beach house/condo/whatever at some point. We like the beach way too much to not shoot for that goal.

Pictures to come next week...

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