Tuesday, January 06, 2009

HomeAway $5K Dream Vacation Getaway Contest


The whole world is the oyster for this vacation paradise contest and I pick a beach house in Santa Cruz, California? Yep. One reason. Memories.

I was raised in Southern California and every summer my parents rented a house in Newport Beach. One of my earliest memories was getting to sleep on the floor in a sleeping bag on our annual vacation. Wow, how cool! (yes, as a grown up I now know that the youngest kid got the worst sleeping conditions on vacation - dirty, sand covered carpet and an old army surplus sleeping bag - but to me it was an adventure).

I remember my siblings rolling me up in the sleeping bag when I was three-years-old and tossing me around. Disoriented they told me they had placed me on the top shelf of the closet, and if I moved I would fall. I cried. My mom found me rolled up sobbing in the bag on the floor of the living room while my brothers had gone out to play in the surf.

My older brothers were soon gone away to college and beyond (with that last story you probably think I did not miss them!), but those childhood memories of a week at the beach are burned into my brain.

We have not recreated the beach trip for our kids. A week of carefree exploring the coast with the sand between their toes, picking up treasures of rocks and seashells would be magic.

We live in Texas, so a week in California during the heat of the summer is a dream getaway. My brothers live nearby Santa Cruz and I might let them come visit us and enjoy the view.... if they apologize for that whole sleeping bag thing. But the cool part is that my 94-year-old Dad now lives 30 minutes away from the beach at Santa Cruz. Thus, I could drive him over the hill to enjoy the swanky house with his grandkids!!


Click here to see the house I would rent if I won and go vote for me in the HomeAway contest.


Thom Singer said...

This was a lot of fun to write. I read the blog post to my brother Bob over the phone. He laughed. He remembers tormenting me on the beach vacation of my third year... but he claims it was all Steve's idea!!!

Aruni said...

Good luck Thom! I entered the contest too.

Anonymous said...

Oh my God! Every family has stories like this. I laughed and laughed (because I am the oldest of five kids) thinking about all the similar things we did to my youngest brother.

We never thought of wrapping him up and telling him not to move or fall to his death (while he was on the floor). Brilliant! Kudos to your funny siblings (and you seem mostly well adjusted from what I can tell from reading your blog daily!)

nadia said...

Love this posting! We all have photographic memories of the homes we lived in and vacations we went on as kids. Don't forget to check out Taylor Morrison (http://dreambig.taylormorrison.com/?utm_source=bc) because you can be entered to win $25k toward your dream vacation just by writing about your ideal home. Good luck to you!