Monday, July 26, 2010

Beachy

Well, we're 2 days into our beach week and things are continuing to get better. Not that it's been bad, we're just all adjusting. We left our house at 6:45am on Saturday expecting to arrive within 7 hours or so (as it usually does) but traffic was difficult to say the least. We didn't end up pulling into the driveway until 6pm which is about 3 to 4 hours later than usual. It took us 20 minutes just to get over the bridge from the mainland onto the island. Never had that happen before. The kids actually did okay under the circumstances but it was tough going there for a bit. Thankfully we were able to stop for a quick Grave Digger and Sonic break along with having cold pizza in the cooler from the night before.

But the house, aptly named Sandpiper, is beautiful! Lots of space, 2 dishwashers, lots of bathrooms, and just beautifully decorated.  We arrived in hundred degree heat and "suffered" through another extreme heat day on Sunday.  Although the heat on Sunday was probably less of the issue than was the fact that the kids were up at 5:30am.  (And hadn't gone to bed until between 10pm and 11pm.)  So rather than sit around and be grumpy about our lack of sleep, I decided to make the best of it and grabbed Caroline and Bryce and took them out on the beach before 8am.  With the temps forecasted close to 100 again, getting out there that early was probably one of the best ideas I could have had.   It was only moderately hot at that point, the view was unreal, and the sand wasn't hot yet.  The kids frolicked and we relaxed.  Jason brought Piper down around 10am and she joined the fun.  Caroline amazed me in how brave she was in the water - she was body surfing and doing her best impression of a the Little Mermaid.  I couldn't believe the difference from last year when she was scared of the beach.  Piper was a little more tenuous though and fell the first time she got her feet wet and then wasn't too keen on the surf although she liked it when I held her and waded into the water.
The only down side was that the water was CCCCOOOLLLLDDD!  It's amazing how cold it was for how hot it was outside.  Lots of seaweed too but by mid morning, the seaweed had started to dissipate.  By 11:30, the kids were starting to get hungry so we came back to the house feeling quite accomplished at having already spent 3 hours on the beach (without complaining from the kids!).  The kids chowed on some lunch like they only do after lots of activity and then they all easily went down for naps.  All 3 kids napping in the same room at the same time!  Awesome.

Bryce and Caroline slept for an hour while Jay and I lounged by the pool and then every one came back from the beach and joined us for an afternoon of snacks, drinks and LOTS of swimming - the perfect place to be with such high heat.  (My mom is a beach die hard and even she admitted it was a "little warm" up on the beach which means it was HELLA hot - especially with the water being so cold and not being able to stay in for long.)

The kids thankfully went to bed easier that night (except Caroline who ended up sleeping with Jason and me thanks to a powerful thunderstorm).  And so you can imagine my happiness at all 5 of the kid sleeping until 7:30 am this morning and waking to much cooler temps outside - less than 90 today!

So now we're trying to figure out what to do today - the kids are all dressed for some reason but I think the beach is in our very near future. 

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