We vacationed in the Outer Banks, NC this past summer with Ryan's family.
It was Ellen's first trip to the beach.
Ryan filled a ziploc baggie with sand from the beach before we left. (Although I could have collected as much from our van from the amount I vacuumed out of it upon our return...) When we got home I tossed the bag of sand in with our Christmas decorations.
A few weeks ago I bought a clear glass ornament from Hobby Lobby. And when the Christmas decorations came out I filled the ornament with the sand from the beach.
Then I took a silver permanent marker and wrote Ellen's name, "OBX," and "2011" on the ornament. A great keepsake for her first trip to the shore!
We did the same thing to remember Clare and Jude's first beach vacations. (Although back then I only had 2 kids and took the time to paint their names on the ornaments.)
These are definitely some of their favorite Christmas ornaments!