Today was Kaitlyn’s dance recital. She has been ready for this day (mostly to wear the pretty outfit) for weeks. Sometime yesterday I had a sinking feeling and realized I had completely forgotten about the rehearsal. We had gotten home from the beach in plenty of time to attend but it hadn’t even hit my radar. Thankfully it didn’t appear to be a big deal and no one even mentioned it this morning when we showed up. Evidently quite a few of the tiny dancers from her class had forgotten or just not attended (whoops). I was a backstage mom so I spent all morning in the back with the girls keeping them entertained and well fed. Wade had all three of our boys out in the audience and evidently it was un-airconditioned. He said it was quite miserable! Thankfully Kaitlyn was on fairly quickly so we also did a quick meet-up in the lobby so that Wade could take the boys home. Kaitlyn had to stay to do the big bow at the end. What a day! I feel like we are getting so close to that elusive thing called summer and no schedules or activities.
Friday nights were made for shooting bad guys while grilling out and eating on the deck. (Also Ben has discovered steak and loves it.)
Melissa and I did a little talking before our trip and realized this might be a good year cousin pictures with a “red” theme. The beauty of this is the pictures should look great in Gram’s house.
All good things must come to an end and so this was our last day at the beach. Thank goodness it was a great day and the kids were happy to play in the sand and waves most of the day – with a stop by the pool. Melissa and I ordered sea food for every meal and the kids got their fill of their favorites – pizza and macaroni and cheese and hot dogs. I’d call it a successful beach trip and hopefully we can make it happen again next year.
This was a short beach trip and suddenly my options for cousins photo shoots were quickly diminishing. We bribed the kids into matching swimsuits today and headed to the beach. (A huge shout out to Hanna Andersson for such a range in styles and sizes.) The day was gorgeous and not too cold so we actually made two trips to the beach and watched a movie or two in between.
We woke up to an overcast sky and wind. The kids were up for the beach so we gave it a try. Everyone was pretty hardy – except Kaitlyn. She stayed wrapped up in a towel. (Ben spent most of the time napping in the stroller.) Before too long the kids wanted to test out the rooftop pool and we were happy to oblige.
Then showers and a movie got everyone warmed up and rejuvenated. We loaded up and headed to the boardwalk. The kids were fascinated with all the food and games. They would have happily stayed all evening. (The funniest/scariest event wasn’t caught on video, but a seagull tried to attack me for my funnel cake. The kids were great about trying to run them off with loud noises and hand motions, but every time I quit paying attention they would sneak in on me. Scary!)
My sister was headed up my way for her yearly road trip so we decided to meet in New Jersey for a few days at the beach. I loaded up my four little people and we made a pretty easy 6 hour drive to the beach. (iPads go a long way to making an easy trip for the oldest three. Ben’s a few years from that but thankfully he’s just a happy baby.) We arrived at almost the same time and quickly unloaded a ton of bags. Then everyone wanted to go to the beach. It was chilly but we should still have known better than to leave them in their clothes. The kids played in the water and the sand until they turned blue. Then we ran home for hot showers and pizza. It was a pretty awesome first night at the beach.