The next day, Monday, we headed out bright and early to the beach. We had a blast playing, sunbathing, and kite flying. I set up a canopy/tent and lathered the kids down with SPF 50, but still they got a little too much sun. Actually, I did, too. Oops.
|Rob and his new buddy also named William flew a kite for a long time. Sadly they accidentally let go and the wind took it straight into the powerlines across the street. Bye bye kite!|
When we got back to the condo Will took a nap and the rest of us went to explore the Lagoon. That quickly gave us the idea that we could play and splash around in its warm shallow waters much more comfortably than the freezing gulf. (Well, I should say Caroline and I played. Rob wanted no part of the lagoon...at first) That's when we discovered that the lagoon is home to 1000's of hermit crabs. We even saw one hermit crab that appeared to have been someone's discarded souvenir pet crab! We ended up going back to the lagoon a couple more times this week. We even got Rob in on the action. He, too, was fascinated by all of the crabs and set up a crab race!
We ate out several times, and I have to brag on my children's behavior. They were so wonderful -- not perfect, but well above expectations for over sunned, under rested young people. In fact, they were so good, that the last evening they warranted some reward-style fun activities. First up...go carts!
Funny story: Rob was harnessed in and climbed the staircase to the first level. He crossed his first wooden bridge to a platform, looked around, and started heading back to the staircase. From the ground mom and I called out to him "Where are you going now?" He looked at us with a "duh" expression and said "I'm coming back down!" I was partly heartbroken for him and partly relieved that he sensed his life was in danger (it wasn't, actually). Somehow, though, he stood there for a moment and you could see this determination cross his mind. He turned back, and ended up scaling all three levels. He was on the course for well over an hour! (There is no time limit). I was so proud of him for conquering his fear!
|That, friends, is my firstborn walking the plank!|
We came home on Thursday. It was a short trip, but just what we needed to finish this spring strong! Next up is Easter and then summer! We have no less than 2 more beach trips planned. Can you believe it? I'm so excited. It's safe to say the beach is my "happy place" and I am so thankfully blessed to have the opportunity to instill this love into my kids.
Until next time, here is what happy looks like:
Stay sunny, friends!