Julie is a former classmate of Mark's and an old roommate of mine from MK boarding school (old as in a long time ago, not old as in age; oh, who am I kidding--it was a loooong time ago, so that makes us all old). When her family of six and our family of six ventured on to the beach, we did get a few stares, and being the perceptive person I am, I was able to read other guests' minds: Are all those kids theirs?
Despite the cool breezes, we had fun playing on the beach and in the heated pool. And we were, of course, quite a crowd in our condo where we enjoyed a taco dinner. And tried to quiet them all down. And tried to make sure no one fell over the 22nd floor railing.