They also had a great time playing with Lisa's children (Jenna, Kurt and Grace). Jenna was a great little babysitter and loved entertaining them. Bennett just loved the interaction and attention. It was great to have so many extra hands. Debbie (my cousin) has three boys, although they are really men (15, 18 and 20 years old!), so she loves the little ones. It is amazing to watch her in action too. They all gather around her like she is Mary Poppins. Bennett really took to her and it was sweet to see her reach for her when we left to give her one of her signature open mouth kisses and hugs.
Overall a good time was had by all since we all love to eat and drink. Debbie had the whole week's menu organized by which family brought the signature drink of the night, the appetizer, the main dish and the dessert. That way one person wasn't responsible for the whole thing any one night. It worked out perfectly since we have such a large group of people (20), and eating out really is not conducive. We ate like champions every night, but tried to burn some calories by taking our morning walks on the beach. Steve and I rented a jogger with huge wheels that we could use on the sand, and it worked great!
The Bantas & Mizeranys
Hovans, Blairs and Forreys
Surprisingly, the kids did pretty well on the airplane. Though the wait in the airports didn't go as smoothly. The traffic can be bad leaving the beach on Saturday mornings since renters are forced to leave by 10 am (they rent from Saturday to Saturday). Of course the traffic wasn't bad, so we had the challenge of trying to entertain the little ones in Philly for 2 hours. Brian got us into Delta's crown room, but that didn't go over very well. After being strapped in carseats for an hour and half, they were both ready to run around and exert some energy. However the other guests of the crown room didn't appreciate the chaos that we brought, so after many dirty looks and "shh's" from the staff in there....we left. Though the accommodations weren't as nice with the rest of the commoners, it served us better. After all of the running around, both kids slept during the flights (thank goodness!!).
Now we are home and just trying to get settled back into our routine and prepared to return to work. UGH! If only we could take a week off every month! Thank you Mom and Dad for a great vacation!