Every year my family takes a trip Ocean City, Maryland to visit my grandparents and have some fun in the sun.
I’m sure you all can guess exactly what comes with the promise of a family vacation:
- Yelling and screaming over the TV channel
- My grandparents’ refusal to turn on the air conditioning
- Losing to my Mom in cards
- Taking far too many pictures of my cat
- Wishing my Poppy didn’t wake up the house at 5 in the morning by stirring his coffee
- Trekking sand around the house all week despite making 1 trip to the ocean
- Not having enough time to visit the boardwalk because your family is still playing with the cat
- Sitting in traffic in the church parking lot after a slightly pathetic 4th of July fireworks display
This is the only real vacation I get for the summer. To some people, it may have seem like a wasted trip, more like a test of my patience than an enjoyable time. But, after vacationing with these people for all of my life, I’ve learned to look at things a different way.
So in addition to all of those riveting events, also came:
- Sleeping in and bumming around watching American Pickers
- A warmth that thawed me out from the constant stream of air conditioning I’ve grown accustomed to and will forever keep me heated
- Trying to sabotage my Mom in cards and finding innovative ways to at least beat my Dad
- Taking far too many adorable pictures of my cat
- Spending quality time with my silly and even more adorable grandparents
- Relaxing on the beach and gaining a slight tan
- Always finding room in my stomach to gorge myself with buttery scallo9ps
- Watching fireworks with my one-of-a-kind family
One of my absolute favorite parts of this trip was getting to take pictures of our adventures. Even though we go every year, I’m always too busy living in the moment to take pictures. Don’t get me wrong, I feel like that’s a great mentality to have, but when you want to share meaningful moments on a blog, pictures are nice too.
And even though the fireworks weren’t as good as they’ve been in the past, it’s still balls of light, color, and sound exploding into the night sky and occasionally making a smiley face. And that’ll always be worth seeing. When fireworks are involved, how could anyone not look on the bright side? (Pun intended…)