We have a system down now.... I try not to pack too much stuff - but it's also vital to make sure we have a few toys for those early morning risers and rainy afternoons. This year I let Megan choose one toy she wanted and one to share with Nicole. Then I also chose one for Nicole. I took Nicole's portable doll house because I knew that would keep her occupied for hours. Megan chose her princess/polly pockets tub for her toy and her wedgits for them to share. Of course they were broken out while we were unloading cars and unpacking. It was cute to see all 5 cousins putting together carriages and dressing dolls...
But that didn't last long... as soon as we got everything put away we had to hit the beach. No suits this time, just a foot dip in the water and squishing sand in our toes.
The cousins: Justin (10), Daniel (12) then Nicole (1), Anna (7), and Megan (4).
Nicole wasn't too sure of the water. She clung to Daddy pretty tightly at the waters edge.
We were bummed they were having a "seaweed" day. ick. At any rate our "walk on the beach" quickly turned into a little sand play time.