Some of my life's sweetest memories have been at that lake.
I remember the first time I took Peter to Hot Springs when we were dating.
We were all at the lake when I told my parents we were pregnant for the first time.
My family took an occasional trip to the beach when I was a child, as many Southern families do, but for the most part, we got our water fix closer to home.
I was taking pictures for a few families and we found a reasonable condo with a pool to stay in. I figured that with a pool we could tough out a week at the beach. I was really unsure about children being covered in sand and swimming with jellyfish and sharks.
The sand that I thought would annoy me turned out to be a both an endless world of play for Peter and the boys and a front row seat to the fun for me.
The jellyfish-filled water that scared me was beautiful and fun for our whole family, and it made the most wonderful noise on the beach to fall asleep to. (And we got away sting-free!)
We have discovered that we are beach people.
Which is why we went back to the beach this summer!
And to spend another week loving the sand with my family.