I think this summer will live in Rosalind’s memory as a golden one. A whirlwind of grandparents and cousins and fun activities on a nearly daily basis. We wanted it to be this way to buffer her against returning to the relative stillness of life in Bethel. The pace of life in Bethel is a not a bad thing, but taken as a whole it felt like the summer would provide her with a more balanced life. Of course, now we will only go back to Bethel for one week before moving on. The only downside to this summer is that Rosalind probably doesn’t realize that this is not how every summer usually goes and stands to be disappointed at some future date. The point of all of this is really just to say that we topped off an already great summer with a trip to Panama City Beach last week. We had a blast. At least we had a blast after we got through a very arduous trip through so many traffic jams and road construction zones. Get yourselves together, Mobile roads! I took almost no pictures on this vacation and while I might regret that one day, I loved how relaxed I felt the whole time and never wanted to stop and grab my phone.
We ate a lot of food, played in massive waves, took flashlights on the beach at night to look for crabs, rented a pontoon and spent a day at Shell Island cruising around looking for dolphins. We rode go-karts, bumper boats, carnival rides, and played skee-ball. We let the kids play in the pool while we sat in the shade of the building and listened to the waves. We used a margarita machine. We played golf by the bay. We saw a movie at a $1 theater and the kids saw Minions at a regular one with the dads and granddad. We collected enough seashells and sand dollars to wonder what we are going to do with them all. We avoided the traffic on the way home by leaving at 4 am. It was all so lovely.
*This is every picture I took on the trip but three. Luckily my family has a lot more and I intend to steal them.*
In the meantime, we found a house to rent near Fairbanks. It has a garage! A dishwasher! And radiant heat floors! It has trees in the yard. It has all the other stuff we need as well, but those are the additional perks. I say near Fairbanks because we decided to live closer to where I will be working. I’ll let that sink in for a second…
Yup. I’m employed. As a teacher and everything. I won’t say anything else about it until all the papers are signed, but I’m very excited and grateful it worked out so quickly this time around.
So it was a fantastic vacation on more than one level for our family.