Let's Go to the Beach, Beach


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It's a big year in my big family. 

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In 1973, my oldest brother was born.

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10 years later, my sister Erin was born.

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Another decade passed, and little old me came along.

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{at chris's early 40th birthday celebration in galveston}
2003 came and went without my mom getting pregnant (phew!), and here we are in 2013 and the eldest is turning 40 while the baby (that'd be me) turns 20.

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As new empty nesters, my parents have naturally been reflective of the children they have raised, nurtured and watched grow into seven unique individuals.

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There's a chalk artist and both readers and authors of blogs.

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We have blondes and brunettes;

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we have green eyes and brown eyes.

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We played lacrosse, basketball, football,

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gymnastics and baseball; majors included everything from economics to political science to American studies.

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Love was found and

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families formed

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as we became moms and

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aunts and

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who will always be brothers and sisters.

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I'll be the first to admit that I'm sittin' pretty as number seven in the line-up; however, the majority of the classic family trips were either before my time or I was too young to remember.

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I never experienced that road trip with far too many "are we there yets?" and I've only heard about the time I cried all the way up the mountain drive in California. Sorry 'bout that, guys.

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As our family continues to grow, it becomes increasingly difficult to gather the troops, if you will;  but, we'll manage to do just that this week in Seaside. The grandkids have coordinating swimsuits thanks to a thoughtful Santa Claus last December. The boys have a couple of rounds of golf planned, and

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there are even a few birthdays to celebrate.

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Those with children caravanned on I-10 all of yesterday and I'll be flying there directly from Austin on Monday afternoon. Like I said, sittin' pretty.

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I'm confident the white sand, blue waters, snowcone stands and picturesque shops Destin offers will allow for plenty of photo opportunities, so you and BOD have that to look forward to. See ya soon, Sunshine State!