We got to go to the beach! We went to the same hotel that we stayed at on our honeymoon 10 years ago. We got a larger room, of course. Brian’s mom was able to come for part of the time too and it made the trip extra special! At night, all six of us slept in the same room successfully. I was impressed. During the day we ate simple food, ate restaurant food, played on the beach and swam in the hotel pool. The hotel pool was a highlight – Anna can really swim now! It’s not specific strokes or anything, but she can jump confidently into the deep end and swim back to the side or over to the shallow end. Carolyn wants to jump in the pool and be caught… over and over for hours. We mostly obliged. She flings herself off the side of the pool with abandon. Maggie could stand on the very shallow end but spent a lot of time crawling around the edge of the pool or swimming with a grown-up. Jordan was amazing! We forgot his life vest, but he let us hold him… he sometimes glued himself to us with arms and legs wrapped around us… and he played freely, splashing, kicking, turning, climbing into our arms or further out. On the second pool trip, I was able to convince him that the hot tub was NOT goign to boil him alive and he spent the second half of our water play splashing his feet in the water (just his feet) and warming up.
It’s time for me to get off the computer and help the kids along with breakfast and get Jordan up. This week is a transition from summer to school week. I’ll start waking the kids up a little earlier and make some decisions about what morning chores are going away so that school comes first. We’ve been having a really wonderful summer. As soon as it’s uploaded, I am excited to show you videos of Jordan plying in the sand. He played!