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Summer is a time for fun, family and friends

For more than 20 years, my extended family has packed their bags and headed off for a week of vacation.

Typically, summer has been the season we have journeyed, but there have been years we have gone at other times.

Some of our earliest trips included vacations to the mountains to ski, and there were spring break vacations where we boarded a cruise ship and headed out to exotic islands.

However, for the last few years we have traveled in the summer and made the trek to the Gulf Coast. Some of our stays have been in Panama City, San Destin, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. This year Dad picked one of our favorites, Destin.

Some of you may be wondering how a clan made up of three, and now four, generations can all get along and vacation together for nearly a week, but as God as my witness, it can be done!

Now make no mistake, there have been some “Chevy Chase vacation” moments, especially during dinner times.

Just so you will know for future reference, there is NEVER a table just waiting for a small army when you arrive at a restaurant, and even if there was, most places on the beach do not take reservations. It is inevitable, there is at least a 30-minute wait before all can be seated.

This has made for some hairy moments for the youngest in our group, and if I am completely truthful, it has been challenging for some of us adults, too.

You know, lying on the beach all day can really work-up an appetite, which inevitably can make it nearly impossible not to become hangry (that is hungry and angry combined) while smelling the enticing aromas from the catch of the day.

Nevertheless, by the time, dinner has been consumed and our bellies filled, all is good with the world again.

So aside from eating out together, everything else about our trips usually occurs without a hitch thanks to Daddy having the good sense to not put us all in one house.

You know a girl has to have a few private moments, and besides, my hair products alone take up the entire bathroom counter!

While vacations are planned every year, with a family of 24 including my parents, their three children and spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, not everyone in the family has always been able to make the trip, mostly due to work.

However, this year for the first time I had the luxury of spending time at the beach with all of my children and grandchildren.

The memories made this year will be priceless.

In addition to hanging out with my siblings and their families at the beach, I also had the joy of watching my grandchildren play in the waves and water even though it took one of my grandsons a day to warm up to the sand.

Summer is a time when many families trek out on a vacation to relax and play.

My summer vacation came to a close last week, but there was so much love and happiness during the week, I know it will carry me until next year.

Happy Summer.

Terri Cowart Frazier is a staff writer for The Vicskburg Post. She can be reached at terri.frazier@vicksburgpost.com.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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