The Beach 2018

And this is how the beach trip of 2018 shook out... 


Hello everyone and welcome to me, I am the feature attraction here... 


There was lots of sand playing and consumption by C


R found a starfish (first time we had seen a starfish at the beach) in a tide pool though I am convinced it was dead


Where's the baby?


A loved the hose


Pay back


C not sure what to think


There was lots of boogie boarding made possible by adults braver than I 


A ran a ways down the beach chasing seagulls to the point where some people kept wondering where his mother was


Grammy got this great new sand set with a crab and a fish and A was obsessed except he lost the fish 


Riding the waves


There was lots of lathering up with sunscreen


Mermaid numero uno


Numero dos


Yay beach!


Where's the baby?


Nicole supervised nail painting which is a huge deal in our house because I only let them paint their nails at the beach - I don't really know why anymore but I'm good with that 


Grandpa Joe jumping in the waves


Mermaid numero tres


Fun times


Wipe out


More fun times


Not nervous about a collision at all...


A stayed very very very busy between the sand and the water he was in busyness heaven and I also love his little jammers which apparently is really good for boys to wear at the beach to prevent chaffing. #tipsformomboys


We went out for ice cream one night 


And A didn't come because he was a total wreck at dinner


Which was a bummer that not everyone went 

But the beach days are exhausting for everyone so I'm not super surprised


Where's the baby?


E had a good walk with my dad down to Bird Island one day which was neat. I'm glad she made it


There was lots of fun times netting fish in the tide pools 


I helped the girls make a big sand castle and I wanted to get a pic of them with it but A bombed it


While we were there... we did a 1000 piece puzzle (I saw one similar to this when I was in China and I finally found a good time to do it with its of help). It was really cool and I think everyone was really surprised it actually got done. I'm not surprised that the glue it came with DID NOT WORK. But next year I'm bringing a bigger puzzle and some better glue. 


A figured out how to climb out of the pack and play and loaded himself up with everyone's pillows 


I'm a Little Crabby 2018


It was also the 4th of July on our last day down there


2 along for the ride...


A had a ball on this scooter. The girls and I biked a bit and I wish we would have biked more but it is hard because E is a faster biker and M is not


Hello!


One gorgeous night


Grammy's 4th of July masterpiece... 


Waiting for the fireworks 


See that little red ball on the horizon... that was our fireworks... which was disappointing because I love fireworks and lobbied hard to leave Wednesday afternoon so we could go to fireworks back here because.... This is what they look like


But I lost out and we played with glow sticks 


And sparklers - that was a bust - and A touched the tip of one and got burned 


But they liked it so whatever... 


Other thoughts on the beach... 

Wow it takes a village. Lee was back home working so it was me and Grammy and Grandpa Joe and Uncle Kevin and Nicole keeping it real for the kids. Which overall went quite well but I'd be lying if I didn't say there were some nerve wracking times too - A at dinner time. But all the kids talk about from about October on is... when are we going to the beach? So it is not about vacationing, it is about making memories and with lots of sacrifice, we did just that. C was a terrible, terrible sleeper and I'm convinced she gets up a few times a night and we just don't hear her because she screams out and then goes back to sleep. We loaded up the van (which was notably weighed down) and drove home and then went (almost) straight to a swim meet. Someone recently ask me 'if I was settled back in' and my response was something like, we are constantly in flux, always moving - and I really wouldn't want it any other way. 

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