We have been going to Emerald Isle at least once a year for the last nine years or so. Sometimes we go by ourselves, sometimes with friends, sometimes with my family, but this was the first time for us to go with J.C.'s family. The major players in this trip were:
Grandmama - She is the one who had the dream of a 50th anniversary family trip. Her vision pulled it all together.
Papa - He is the most easy going guy ever. He just goes with the flow. He was happy to go along with whatever decisions were made for the day - beach vs pool, eating out vs in, TV vs movie. He makes for a great travel companion.
The lovebirds and the teenagers - My sister-in-law and her boyfriend take the prize for the most active vacationers. When they weren't taking 50 mile bike rides or paddleboarding, they were walking or running on the beach. When they were done exercising, they ate things like pumpkin seeds and raisins. I think they had a great time, but I was too busy lounging on the beach with a Diet Coke, some Oreos, and a People magazine to really know for sure. I didn't let them cramp my style. Her kids (the teenagers) did what teenagers do. They stayed up late, slept in even later, got sunburned, and were very patient in tolerating the rest of us.
Then there was our crew...
J.C. - he sported that hat 24/7 in an attempt to keep the sun off the new skin that has finally established itself on his face after his accident.
and moi. This is the last photo that you will ever see of me in a go-cart as I am never getting in one again. Ever.
With our cast of characters ranging in age from 5 to... uh... umm... probably not a great idea to reveal in-laws' ages on a public blog, huh? Well, with folks ranging in age from 5 to whatever age you are when you are celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary, we weren't sure how it would all play out. Would the grandparents get worn out by the little kids? Would the little kids annoy the teenagers? Would the teenagers tolerate all the dumb adults? Would the adults go crazy from too much togetherness? Would the vegetarian find anything to eat amongst all the carnivores? Stay tuned to the next blog post to find out.