Our friends invited us to the beach. John and three-quarters of the kids really wanted to go. I sort of did, but not really. Big sigh~~
It really was just one big disappointment for me. For the longest time I romanticized the whole beach thing. You know-- Fun in the sun. Digging for crabs, playing frisbee, splashing in the waves, building sandcastles with the kids, eating watermelon while laying on a blanket on the sand.
But after having a dozen kids, I learned. The beach experience is more about the packing, chasing the kids with sunscreen, running on the hot sand to the bathroom, keeping the younger kids from being carried away by a wave, and frantically doing a head count every five minutes. Oh and then there is the long drive home in SoCal traffic and lastly unpacking, washing towels, and rinsing sand out of the tub after bathes which I am still doing today.
The only joy I got from the trip was seeing how happy most of the kids were. A few just wanted to go home like me. Oh and our friends that invited us, bless their heart. They are amazing. They brought the sandwich fixings and cut-up fruit and put up with me.
The funny thing is, even as I type this I know I will be going again because that is what Moms do. But hopefully that won't be until next summer!
Until then, here are the beach pictures.
Anna had a blast!
The water was warm. The weather was great. Despite the sunscreen, all of us got sunburned. :(
Nolan and Dennis loved being chased by the waves. Even though I worried about a wave knocking Dennis' prosthetic eye out, their laughter and excitement made me smile. However I am not sure what the lady next to me thought when she heard me yell, "Be careful! Don't go under the water or the wave will wash away your eye!"
The riptide was strong that day but there were lots of lifeguards out. We know because Adam had to have one of them pull him back in where he could stand.
Nolan saw his big brother and copied what he was doing. Too funny.
Seaweed is a fascinating thing. It is the best feeling to have it wrap around your leg while you are in the water. Not.
Paul really enjoyed himself. After going to the beach half a dozen times, this is the first time he really got in the water and swam.
All the girls boogie boarded.
Oliver with his Daddy. We had to hold him most of the time or he would have eaten all of the sand on the beach.
Sveta riding in a wave.
John and I
Alex and Dennis playing in the sand.
Today Nolan and Oliver were dedicated to the Lord. Oliver slept right through it. :)
Praise the Lord for our two precious little boys!