Although the calendar clearly states that summer is over, it appears that Southern California has other plans.
I have fallen a bit behind in updating you on how I had spent my summer this past year. I didn’t let the last couple of months go to waste, and ended up having some fun in the sun! This past summer was ultimately a special one, especially since everyone in my family (the ones who I actually talk to), crammed ourselves into a three-story beach house (all 60 of us) for our annual family reunion. Each generation was represented, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this huge family.
We had spent a three-day weekend in Oceanside, San Diego. All bedrooms, sofa beds and floors were assigned to a specific family member. We invaded a buffet, made breakfast and lunch together, had a taco man come in, played several rounds of volleyball on the beach and celebrated the birthdays of all the August babies. We stormed the beach with our personalized t-shirts that had each family’s member name on it – from grandparents to grandchildren. We drank together and talked about how freakin’ awesome it is that we’re all here!
Originally, I wasn’t planning to go…The reason for that is because I was saving up for a huge trip that I had already booked. But my cousins who were arranging this whole getaway did not take “no” for an answer. You know what? I’m glad I was forced to go because this trip was something I very much needed.
In the next upcoming year, it looks like my family is planning a trip up north. Again, I had flatly told them that I will not be going, and, of course, many did not understand why…Between work and bills, I have room for only one-trip next year. I had always longed for the adventure that I had read about growing up. Therefore, I made a commitment to myself that I’ll travel to new places each year – a goal I am completely determined in making it happen. But, due to my absences over the year, I hope my family knows that if they ever needed me for anything, they know to call me, and I’ll drop whatever I’m doing to be there.
Image photographed by me