Me, plus 6 kids just about all week long. It was crazy and fun at the same time.
I kept them busy to keep my sanity.
California Surf Museum.......in downtown Oceanside.
Are the waves ready for these 3?
The museum was not totally kid appropriate. Too many things to touch and too many surfboards to knock over. We didn't stay long.
We did see, however, Bethany Hamilton's surfboard that was bitten by the shark during her injury. From Soul Surfer. Someone from the museum knows the family, so it's currently on display. Pretty cool.
Walked over to the library.
Which was my second brilliant idea for the day.
So, we just walked. And, tried to stay out of the fountains.
That, in itself, was challenging enough.
I love being downtown.......where you can smell a bit of the ocean at times.
Zoo trip. Sans Rylee and Cailyn, but plus the Davidge 4.
This time I had Holly, though!
Carter is just like his Daddy. LOVES babies.
He carried her the entire day.
What 10 year old boy does this?
He also led a game of Simon Says to keep kids busy during potty breaks.
7 kids at the zoo is no easy task.
Holly pointed out that we only saw one exhibit. In 3 hours.
But, we rode the train!
Rylee and Lainey crammed our precious (and obviously dumb) Batman into this stuffed animal carrier.
Why would he allow this to happen?
Why didn't he run?
Why didn't he bite someone's hand off?
They took turns dragging him through the house, occasionally dropping him and often banging into walls.
I will never understand why he leaves the garage.
Beach day! Love those rainbow suits.
We rounded out the week with a birthday party with good friends, the Davidges. They live on Camp Pendleton.
Who knew a Marine base would be so nice?
I'm glad it is. They deserve it.
Austin turned 5 (far left).
And, Mike, his dad, got a major workout hauling kids through the pool. I asked him if he wanted me to peal the superlative children (2 of mine) off of him, but he declined.
Definitely a glutton for punishment.
I might just get my 4th after all.
Davidges handed out $2 bills as party favors. Isn't that a cute idea? The kids were thrilled!
Jack somehow emerged from the courtyard with a "bus" sticker on him, directing him to ride the bus. Thank goodness I was 3rd in the carpool lane, otherwise, he would have ended up in someone else's neighborhood.
Yes, I'm concerned as to how this happened. And, I'm not ruling out that Jack somehow convinced those in charge that he does, in fact, ride the bus. He's desperate to.
I know this because I found him slugging Carter with his backpack in front of the school (with all eyes watching, of course). Big brother was trying to direct him to my car. Jack was sure he was to get on the bus.
Little guy's heart was broken.
And, now, he's petitioning we move houses so that he can ride.
Me: "Jack, how was school today?"
Jack: "We learned about Honkey Donkey."
Me: ((((?????)))) "Hokey Pokey? The song and dance?"
Jack: "No, Mom! I told you. Honkey Donkey!"
.........blank stares......Carter starts snickering and brainstorming insults......
Me: "Hun, I'm not familiar with that one."
Jack: "Mom!!!!!!!!! You know, 'Honkey Donkey sat on a wall. Honkey Donkey had a great.....'"
That's all for today, folks. I'm exhausted just reading all of this.
Time for a nap.