No we did not go to Jamaica but, we are going to the Outer Banks in a few weeks. Since our family has grown we do not get to go to the beach every year. One we have always been using any extra money to be able to adopt ( every year now for the past 11 yrs) and secondly it is expensive to travel with 30. This year though we have a weeks vacation in our favorite place. The house we are renting is huge. Bigger than what we live in at home :) It has 11 bedrooms with 11 full baths...everyone including Mary Kate and Keith's family will have a "real" bed to sleep on. The pool is heated with a baby pool, hot tub,and a sunning pool - lounge chairs in a few inches of water attached to the big pool, a Tiki bar for our luau we traditionally do on Friday nite of our beach vacation, a pool table, a hole in one golf in the basement, and a surround sound theater room. There is also an elevator. The kids are excited beyond excited. We have already planned all meals, room assignments and even van seating.... organization is a huge part whenever we even just leave home for church much less for a whole week
I saw the ad on AOL this am for that Jamaica trip and it made me laugh. Whenever I see things for that I always wonder how they would handle our family. It would be a steal for us just to have kids under 12 eat free....Anyways we really are going to the beach and actually our family knows who to thank for this blessing and we do thank God for His provision. I will let you know a little secret because this is how we have rented before...for the week it is costing 3,000 . It is a new listing for the rental company and to get months rented the prices are cheaper. This unit actually would rent for 15,000 next year- obviously we won't be able to return but for this year we are thankful it is just 3,000. Also we are grateful to our family friends who have given us money to be able to eat out in a "real" restaurant as a whole family. This is something we never get to do but will be able to enjoy something most "normal size" families do regularly. Thank you Helen and Dick for your gift.
These are some pics of past beach vacations....