Holiday’s never seem to go the way we plan. A few week’s ago I wrote about my Mother’s Day Wishlist, but no one listened. There was no brunch or flowers. Not a massage to be found, but I did get to sleep in until 7am before being greeted with requests for milk. Here’s how we celebrated the rest of the day.
I didn’t want to sit around moping about Mother’s Day this year. My Dark Day was really rough and I wanted to focus on something happy. We tossed around going to Disney for Mother’s Day and grabbing breakfast or brunch at one of the restaurants on property. None of the places I wanted to try still had reservations available so I declared that we needed to do something different for Mother’s Day. I wanted to sun myself on the beach and build sand castles! So we did.
(Yes, I understand how lucky I am to be choosing between Disney and the beach. Florida life is the best.)
New Smyrna Beach
We packed up the troops and headed off to New Smyrna Beach which was a new beach for us. Last year we went to Daytona and Cocoa, but had always heard that this was the beach the “locals” liked so we gave it a try. We were not disappointed!
This is one of the beaches where you can pay to park on the sand, but I decided on a parking lot. I’m sure if we finally get an umbrella, chairs, and a proper cooler this would make sense, but for now the 5 of us have no problem carrying our beach supplies a block.
We sunned ourselves, built castles and tunnels, and splashed with schools of fish in the ocean. The beach was busy, but not at all as busy as other times we had hit the sand. If I wasn’t going to get to go shopping for and mimosa drinking, this was a perfect alternative. Well, almost.
Almost Perfect Beach Trip
Now, I swear we all put on sunscreen when we got there, but over the three hours that we were playing on the beach we forgot to reapply. Now 4/5 of us have the burns to pay for this mistake. I feel really bad about it because we were very diligent last year since it was our first summer in Florida and I wanted to keep the burning to a minimum. There was LOTS of aloe-ing when we got home.
We couldn’t have a completely Disney-free weekend, though! We went to the Magic Kingdom on Saturday for a few hours after loading up on comics for Free Comic Book Day. We only have about a month before the kids’ passes start black out dates which means no more weekly trips to Disney. Maybe we can start weekly trips to the beach instead!
How About You?
What did you do to celebrate Mother’s Day this year? Did you take mom out? Were you showered with gifts? Was there at least some peace and quiet for you?
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