We've been averaging about 4 trips per week to the beach. Some are all day visits. Some are for sunsets. Some are just to let the kids run. It's a lot of work.....each trip requires lots of laundry, sand
in every spot possible in the entire universe in my car and house, set up and take down of the beach gear, packing food and drinks, etc, etc. But, I still love it.
Went to the zoo recently, also. What's Spring Break without a sweaty zoo trip? And, it was just that.....a hot day and the zoo always feels hotter than other parts of the city for some reason. I splurged and got the kids "shaky" (Jack's language) cup Icees. We don't often buy food/drinks while we're out because we're out quite a bit. Those purchases add up. So, this was a little treat for the punks.
I love spring. Fuzzy baby ducklings all around.
Can't even remember why the kids were dressed up a bit here and I chose to take a picture, but it was as successful as my usual attempts. Weirdos.
ps - "a bit dressed up" means Carter is not wearing skinny jeans, heinous H&M shoes or a "thug life" hat (flat brim) and Lainey doesn't look like a misplaced homeless child in her "soft" (velvet) dress and leggings that do not match.
Who knew Jack would be my easy one? Write that one down, quick.
Carter has been a guest reader at Preschool recently. Poor kid was totally thrown under the bus with 2 books about dinosaurs. Even I have a hard time that pronunciation! Luckily, Jack was there to correct him. :)
Holly and I took kids to the beach on Camp Pendleton (the Marine base). A little different than most California beaches. Typically, we don't see guys patrolling with guns, you know?
It started to rain a bit, so we headed out.
Always resourceful Holly (love this about her) persuaded this life guard to carry all of our crap back to the car. Some kids, too! That girl can work magic, yall.
Before the rain started, our dopey kids chose to hang out away from the water and closer to the port-potties. The prettier parts of southern California, of course.
So, we're in week 2 of Spring Break 2011 Baby! I will attempt to ruin Carter's life today with a trip to the San Diego Botanic Gardens. Lucky guy.
We're considering a pool for the backyard. A nice, above-the-ground version, of course. (They do exist). Considering all of the factors......maintenance, safety, convenience, etc. Right now, we have this huge yard where kids can run from the front to the back, ride their bikes and scooters with ease......tons of options for play and discovery.......all of that would change if there were a pool. No more relaxed mama. Even though our kids know how to swim. Would a community pool pass be a better option? Lots to think about.
Our marathon of guests has ended for the moment. We had an absolute blast with every family and friend we got to see. So much more to post on it all. Coming soon.
I've lost 13 pounds total. Still working on it!
The Lincoln Lawyer was pretty good. Need to see Limitless. You know, the one with my celebrity boyfriend?
Read the book, Room. Such an interesting perspective and it reminded me a lot about a child's viewpoint of the world. It reminded me of their fragile, always-learning, curious little minds. A very powerful book.
Reading Lit now. Heard all of her books are good. Anyone familiar?