We just got back from 10 sun-filled days at the beach. When there are stresses in your life, nothing helps quite like sand, sun and surf! We went to San Felipe Mexico to my grandma and grandpas home there. My mom and dad, Stephanie, Erik and Kambree came as well. My uncle Floyd and aunt Kathryn and their three girls came with some of their friends. It was great to have some other kids there for our kids to hang out with. They were entertained all week with little effort on our part!
We did a whole lot of playing in on the beach, four wheeling, hole digging, shell searching, eating and relaxing. The weather was absolutely perfect the entire time. Matt, my dad, and Erik spent some time doing some fix it projects that Grandma Mary needed done. A new gate was put in, some stairs fixed and a lot of landscaping done. They can only relax so much, so it was good to have something for them to do.
My mom being the huge humanitarian person that she is, came prepared with a lot of clothes, food and blankets so give out. We recruited the local Branch's Relief Society to help. We drove to a few members homes that we in need. We were able to hand out blankets, clothes and food. It was an amazing experience. The kids were a little shocked to see that people actually lived the way that they do. Dirt floors, no running water and very little to eat is a foreign concept to them. After visiting the members we ended up driving down some random street. As soon as the people understood what we were doing, they came running out of their homes. We stopped our cars and started handing out clothing from the back of the trucks. It was a humbling experience to see people in such need. They did not care what the clothing looked like as long as it fit. After we left we all felt a little disheartened that we did not have more to give. The children wanted coloring books and crayons, what little we had we gave them, but it was not nearly enough. Next time we will hit the Dollar Store before we leave.
The boys were able to use their Spanish quite a bit, but church was a little overwhelming for them. The members spoke so fast that it was hard for Austin and Easton to follow them.
We had a great trip and it was so relaxing and fun to be able to spend time with our family. We can not wait until the next time we can get down there again!
(There are a lot of pics to follow, sorry but thats how we roll around here)