I am happy to report that we had a fantastic weekend at the beach!
The weather was a little windy and chillier than ideal but it was nice and less crowded this way.
We went down on Friday night after dinner. We had changed the boys into their PJs in hopes that they would just fall asleep and we could carry them into the house. NOPE! Parent fail. They were WAY to excited to sleep. Plus, when we did get down the boys wanted to visit with their Poppop, my Aunt and their great-grandmom and we actually were up for hours and hours past bedtime. It was nice though and Hank was granted his request to sleep on “the magic couch”. (Hint: It’s a pullout couch that “magically turns into a bed when its bedtime and “magically” turns back into a couch in the daytime.)
On Saturday Kevin was doing some work on the property to get it ready for summer while the boys and I went for breakfast and then hit the beach to snag some seashells to color later.
This weekend was the pirate festival where they have a pirate parade and all of the kids dress in costume and get to dig on the beach for buried treasure. After our treasure hunt we hit the boardwalk for some lunch and then back home to change.
My Dad. The boys’ Poppop. Reid’s best friend.
Finding their buried treasure chests.
We went over to my aunt’s next door to play for awhile. She has a sweet bird named Earl and we declared the boys true pirates with a bird on their shoulder.
Hank and his great grandmother (my Mommom). They have the sweetest relationship.
We freshened up and hit the boardwalk again. The boys have a favorite arcade we always go to and had a BLAST! Hank was the high scorer on one of the games and Reid was killing it with the claw games so we were all happy campers.
We had dinner on the boardwalk and then we were off to the rides. By the way, by this point of the night it was FREEZING on the boardwalk with strong gusts of wind coming off the ocean. Kevin insisted that I wear his sweatshirt even though that left him in just a tee and shorts. I kept offering it back to him and and he said that if I took it off he still wouldn’t wear it (just so I would). That’s love right there folks. I knew I married a good guy.
This ride was the biggest hit of the whole weekend. Reid was finally tall enough to ride and, even after riding a few times, they can’t stop talking about how fun it was. Full disclosure: I was actually crying watching them ride this ride. They were just SOOOO happy. They were shrieking and laughing in absolute joy. It was one of those times when you are looking at your kids and think “THIS! Everything I do is for THIS.”.
On Sunday we went out for a morning family bike ride. Our beach has these gorgeous play structures all along the shoreline for kids. They are adorable and we hit up EVERY.SINGLE.ONE. I was impressed that Hank rode the whole route on his bike without complaint. It was a LOT of riding for his little legs.
We took the kids up to the Hereford Lighthouse. Our area has two gorgeous lighthouses (Hereford and Cape May). We did Hereford on this trip because it is a much smaller lighthouse and we didn’t want to kill the kids with physical exertion. Slow and steady wins the race with these two. The lighthouse has beautiful grounds with picturesque gardens. We brought our breakfast with us and sat up by the sea wall watching windsurfers.
We even found the brick in the walkway Kevin’s grandmother had made for his grandfather after he passed.
After breakfast we went in the lighthouse where we watched a video of its history and toured the rooms.
View from the top. Like I said, it is a smaller lighthouse but perfect for our little guys to enjoy. I was impressed that Hank was taking the time to look at all of the photos that were hung on the walls and asked a lot a great questions about the exhibits and their contents. I have a degree in History (even though I don’t use it) so his curiosity speaks to my heart.
Afterwards we took the boys to the zoo that is right off the island. They love coming here and feeding the animals. There is a nice park on the property too where we played until it was time to come back to reality and head home.
This was Dodge, the police horse that Hank was dying to meet. We told Reid that Dodge was going to keep an eye on him and make sure he wasn’t undoing the strap in his carseat. I need to order one of those strap locks for that kid! All weekend he was unclipping his car seat while we were driving!! Ugh! Also: Please ignore my no makeup face. I VERY RARELY do my hair or my makeup at the beach. All I have time for is sunblock and a smile on this face.
So back to normal life it is. We have a lot of fun planned for Memorial Weekend so we just need to get through a few days before the craziness starts again.