10. Making biscuits with Pop..
In all shapes…
Even if she DID have to share the fun with Eli, or as she named him for the weekend, “The Short Friend With the Curly Hair.”
9. Pillow fighting with Gramamma, Nick, and The Short Friend With the Curly Hair.
8. The Tide Pool, also known as God’s Beach Present for Toddlers…
If not for Great-Grandmothers who didn’t want to cross it.
Even if the men DID offer to carry her across, in her chair, Arabian-Nights-Princess-Style.
7. Cousin Play. I don’t think she realized how fun cousins were until this trip.
Tessa was great, but Especially…
6. The Short Friend With the Curly Hair.
5. Helping Nick with his Sand Fort,
And then, after being abandoned by Nick, renaming it Cinderella’s castle, and working tirelessly on its culmination,
building alone most of the time, but bringing in contract labor every now and then,
Including getting everyone to pitch in for emergency moat-building relief efforts as the tide threatened the castle.
4. Learning how to fly a kite.
Even if the kite didn’t ALWAYS participate in said flying.
3. Having four generations of people to choose from, depending on one’s mood and desired activity.
2. Running up and down antique stairs while pretending to be a Confederate Princess.
And finally, Ali’s Number One Vacation experience,
1. Getting to see the much-discussed Yucky Bubble Gum Pole live and in person. The shock and awe of such a Grand Life Experience is completely overwhelming for such a tiny person.
The Event started with naming all of the colors..
(Including black. Who chews black bubblegum?)
Being a bit disgusted by the amount of germs housed on that one piece of downtown log,
And then a little bit more disgusted…
And finally, the thrill of the experience set in. Yes, the Yucky Bubble Gum Pole was most definitely the Bright and Shining Vacation Moment.