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
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
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
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
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.