I built up our vacation pretty high for weeks before we left. We were going to the ocean. We were going to the beach. But we went in hurricane season. So the weather wasn't great. Cloudy and rainy. All I wanted to do was show my little girl the beach and the ocean. By golly, that is what I was going to do. We arrived in Delaware Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday, there were tantrums all day. It was a long day. Then there was playing with cousins. This was an important part of the vacation. Wednesday night, I took Laci with her cousins and my brother and sister in law to DQ and then to walk the beach. I could tell that Laci is not used to beaches and oceans. She started playing with the sand in the parking lot at DQ. Finally, we had our ice cream and walked to a bench on the beach. We made it! We were at the beach! It was cloudy and dusk but it was a beautiful night and I was at the beach with my little girl. That was my best moment of vacation. She set her shake down and ran to the birds that are always in mass at beaches. We ran to the water. We played in the sand. We spelled our names with sticks in the sand. My sister in law buried the kids in the sand. All Laci wanted was to be buried in the sand. She was in heaven. The ice cream was long forgotten. I saw the joy in Laci's face to the ocean and the sand. Okay, it was really the bay but in our midwestern minds, it was the ocean!