Life is Short - Take A Vacation!

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During the crazy housing market we are all experiencing, it's easy to get caught up in the every day minutiae, sacrificing our own schedules and relationships.  And of course in real estate, if you want to get busy, plan a vacation But isn't that exactly what we should be doing?  Plan your personal time before your business plans your life! 


In the photo above, my three daughters, oldest granddaughter and youngest grandson are  looking out to the beach on a Saturday morning.  I'll remember this vacation with the entire family in one house until I'm about to turn off the lights for the last time.   It's so hard to get us all together as we are in 4 different states!    These rare times are priceless memories. 


Gulf Shores, Alabama beach front


If the pandemic has taught us anything, it's that life is short. Life is fleeting.  In an instant your kindergartner is graduating high school.  So if you don't spend time with those you love, you'll regret it later.  


No beach vacation is complete without ice cream!  We visited The Yard Milkshake Bar, talk about decadent!   The wait was a bit long, but for this crowd of 15, their ice cream creations were worth the wait! 

Excellent Ice Cream


The boys went fishing!  My son-in-law Ryan, not pictured, took my other son-in-law and 2 grandsons deep sea fishing couresty of Caribe Marina & Watersports.  I hear some motion sickness took over for the younger one, but they caught a few! 

Deep Sea Fishing in Gulf Shores, AL


This tradition of renting a house for the entire family was started by my daughter's grandmother.  She carefully planned and hosted vacations for up to 21 people at a time on different beaches.  Loving and missing that tradition, I started this a few years back.  Our fav go-to beach is in Gulf Shores, Alabama so about 2 years in advance, research starts for 7+ bedroom homes with pools.  Booking this type of home with a pool is much more difficult as they book up quickly.  


The youngest grandchild, pictured, is now expecting a baby sister; and my oldest granddaughter is now married to a handsome fireman.  They bought their first home a year ago, so another generation is ready to expand our family! 


Life has changed for all of my girls in many ways with expanding families and new careers.  


Colton likes to clean

To this day Colton still loves to help his Mom (the bright blonde in the previous photo.)  His mom has many adorable videos of Colton loading the dishwasher, vacuuming, and picking up after himself.  Thankfully, Facetime helps bring those memories to life! 


Ethans Birthday

Hard to imagine this grandson is almost ready to turn 19!  Ethan's birthday has been celebrated at the beach many times as he gets taller and his voice deeper.  

Last day at the Beach

These slippers and sandals are now too small!  Time flies and families expand and move on. 

The last day at the beach is always a bit somber as we pack up, doing the kids' laundry,  helping everyone find parts of toys and locking up.  I'm looking forward to our next beach vacation in 2023 when we'll have another grandchild to celebrate and photograph.    

Thank you to Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP for the May Contest.  Warm memories for sure:)

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Comments (32)

Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a fun tradition, Jan. Being at the beach is the best, IMO. You story and photos make me want to take vacation right now!!


May 26, 2021 10:23 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Ahh thanks Jeff Dowler, CRS !  Missing my beach time!  I hope to have another post in a couple years when my 8th Grandchild will be about 2!

May 27, 2021 12:56 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jan good for you, we have been in lock-down mode for 15 months or so and now Diane and I have no desire to go on vacation or even to dinner at a restaurant, the Politicians and the ... scared us to the point where being with our animals is good enough and I can cook great meals that will compete with any 4 or five star restaurant:)Endre

May 26, 2021 11:13 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Lucky you Endre Barath, Jr.  to be such a great cook and someone to shar it with!  Feeling good in AZ as we are open and almost business as usual.  I fully expect to be teaching live classes in a few months ;) 

May 27, 2021 12:57 PM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Come visit me here in destin FL. You might like this area.
May 27, 2021 03:57 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Hey Peter Mohylsky. Broker Associate !  I've been to Destin many times.  Used to stay at TOPSL many years ago when i lived in Huntsville!  Finding a 7+ bedroom home with a pool is challenging.  Last time I used Meyers Real Estate.  If you have a better local prop mgr with that type of set up, let me know.  Thanks for chiming in! 

May 27, 2021 12:59 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Jan,
How fun. As families grow and get spread apart by miles it gets more and more difficult to get them together, doesn't it?  I bet this is one of those traditions everyone finds time for and will live on for a long time!!!

May 27, 2021 04:48 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

So true Carol Williams !  Everyone made it happen.  Coordinating flights is a bit of a challenge either flying into Mobile or Panama City.  Either way it's a drive an I've managed both by myself in a rental van.  It's fun when we all go out, piling everyone into 2 or 3 vans!  

May 27, 2021 01:00 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I've been part of beach vacations with big families in the past and it's always been so much fun! I do think making a point of spending fun time with families is so important to the well being of all the separate people and of the whole. 


Thanks for sharing!

May 27, 2021 04:56 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Glad you've had those fun times Kat Palmiotti ! It's critically important for us.  A few years back we also declared that annually, just the girls would get together.  We've been to a few destinations, but it's getting harder with expanding families.  Next year we have a wedding for my middle daughter - another family get together! 

May 27, 2021 01:01 PM
Kat Palmiotti

I'm sure that will be an amazing time, Jan Green !!

May 28, 2021 05:13 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Jan Green ,

Love this post! Spending time with family is so important..creating memories all will remember. Your daughter's grandmother was a wise on and her family events still live on!

May 27, 2021 05:08 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

You are so right Dorie Dillard Austin TX !  My daughter's grandmother is still kicking at 92 and has been the backbone for that family.  She's a warm, caring person who loves getting family together.  I know I'll miss our friendship, but am always reminded of her lessons even now.  Family traditions are so important and she's been the founder of those!

May 27, 2021 01:02 PM
June Piper-Brandon
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Ellicott City, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

This is so true, it's been so long since we were on a vacation.  We have been thinking about it, just need to make time for it

May 27, 2021 05:16 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Good for you June Piper-Brandon  - this reminder can serve as your planner - get one going!  

May 27, 2021 01:03 PM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Making memories that last a lifetime! My best family memories are the vacations to Yellowstone, Rockies, and everything in between. 

May 27, 2021 05:30 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Those are wonderful faye schubert !  Coincidentally, as a kid my family and the 4 youngest of us kids went to Wyoming every summer, Yellowstone once in a while.  My mother's family is from Gainesville, MO right around the corner from you!  You live in a beautiful place!

May 27, 2021 01:04 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Had to laugh , I’m doing what your picture shows . Sitting on my porch at our Beach House , it’s breezy and 72 ( and I need another cup of coffee)

May 27, 2021 07:32 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Okay rub it in Michael J. Perry !  You lucky duck!  Take some photos and let us see your vaca!  Enjoy :) 

May 27, 2021 01:04 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Jan Green - What a fabulous post!  I can feel your love for your family throughout your pictorial.  ...and isn't this what life is all about?  You have the right idea, get the family together for a vacation. I have done that a couple of times but making it a yearly habit is the way to go. Good for you!

As for the way you began this post, I just got back from time away from everything, in your neck of the woods... the Kierland Westin Villas and as with all real estate, it followed me down there and I spent just about all of my time on finding a client a home. 

May 27, 2021 07:50 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Darn - I missed you.  You know I live a mile west of Kierland Sheri Sperry - MCNE® !  Next time meet me at Tommy Bahama for some fish tacos!  Hope you pull it all together.  Let me know if I can help:)  Thank you for reading and commenting!

May 27, 2021 01:06 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Yes, this is such an important message. As I've said for years, LIV2DAY!

May 27, 2021 07:57 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Great mantra Paula McDonald, Ph.D. !  You have the right attitude for sure!

May 27, 2021 01:06 PM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

Agreed!  I live by Toby Keith's song "Live like you are dying" . . . because we all are.

May 27, 2021 09:07 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Yup - no one gets out of here alive Jim Paulson !  I live that way 99% of the time.  All 4 of my parents died in their 60's and I'm not gonna be one of them!   Thank you for commenting!

May 27, 2021 01:07 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Celebrating the times spent together is so very important Jan Green and your grandmother knew that! You continue to honor her by gathering with your family, creating heart prints, enjoying the closeness of catching up and making more lasting memories until the next time! This is a fantastic entry to the ActiveRain May Contest - Life is a Story!

May 27, 2021 10:49 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!

We are expecting a Gbaby boy in the next week or so! We are alike, in that, we love and want to be close to our loved ones. I miss our children and grands as well!

May 27, 2021 04:53 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Thank you so much Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! !  I really appreciate your feedback as all of those points are near and dear to my heart.  I miss my girls every day.  I asked for a photo yesterday of my youngest daughter's baby bump, just missing those times is so hard.  Living it up for a week at the beach is definitely helpful.  2 more years tlll the next one! 

May 27, 2021 01:08 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Good for you1 Making the time to spend with loved ones is so important - fun that you are able to bring the whole crew together at once.

May 27, 2021 04:18 PM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

What a wonderful post.  Life can be sweet and short.  Make it memorable.

May 28, 2021 08:38 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

So it is opened up there?   SF Mayor declared that those behind with rent can stay til Oct 1. The landlords do not think it is funny. Many tenants took advantage of it for months....

May 28, 2021 11:18 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

This is a wonderful entry and you are so wise to make the time to be with family, regardless of business. Some people don't. One of these days they will figure out what they missed. The photos are priceless. 

May 29, 2021 12:53 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

A very nice story of keeping the tradition and holding the family together.  I like Ethan's choice of a birthday cake.

Jun 02, 2021 08:27 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Marte Cliff !  It is very important and after all we've been through, even more precious. Vacationing is more than just time well spent!


Thank you Ginger Harper !  Hope you have a wonderful 4th weekend!

Sam Shueh yes things are open here in AZ but that vacation was in Alabama on the Gulf Coast.  

Thank you Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD !  I'm privleged to have had a great mentor.   My former mother-in-law, still kicking at 92, is an amazing family matriarch that started that idea over 20 years ago.  I'm copying her efforts and it has proved to be SUPER!  Have a wonderful 4th! 

Yes Ed Silva , Ethan loves cheesecakes - a wise choice!

Jul 01, 2021 03:43 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Somehow I bounced back on this post, so with that said, now Diane is scarred to go out to dinner.... thank you CA politicians.... and then to boot she does not want to travel heard the pilots with the shot who are having heart problems and trying to land planes... so I guess we remain sedentary:)Endre

May 11, 2022 11:25 PM