Weekend Roundup

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.


  • Reply Holly Breton at Pink Lady May 22, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Wow! You crammed so much fun into one weekend Tara- looks like a blast! Are you heading back to the shore next weekend? Can’t wait to read about those plans!

    • Reply xo Tara May 22, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      I must be taking tips from you! I swear, no one accomplishes more in 24 hours than you. We aren’t going to the beach this weekend. We have tickets to a Phillies game and we are hosting Hank’s 4th birthday.

  • Reply Andrea Nine May 22, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Who needs make up with that adorable face of yours! You’re a doll. I just want to hug those sweet little pirates, how fun! So happy you had a wonderful weekend and let’s hope this week goes fast to get to the memorial day fun!

    • Reply xo Tara May 22, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks Andrea! It will be time for summer fun before we know it.

  • Reply Jenna May 22, 2017 at 9:38 am

    What a fun weekend! Happy Monday!

    • Reply xo Tara May 22, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Same to you!

  • Reply Cara May 22, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    What an amazing weekend you guys had! I’m glad you were able to relax and enjoy your family!!

    • Reply xo Tara May 22, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      I’m not sure about the relaxing part but we definitely enjoyed it. The boys like to go go to. They must get it from me though bc I’m the same way.

  • Reply Stefanie May 22, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Stopping by from the linkup! XOXO It looks like you had an amazing weekend! I am so jealous of your weekend at the beach. Your boys are adorable!

    • Reply xo Tara May 22, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! It’ll be summer soon when we can all enjoy the crazy fun that summer brings.

  • Reply Allie @ agalnamedal.com May 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    You are living my dream life! How fun! Have a great week!

    • Reply xo Tara May 22, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      That is literally the sweetest thing to say. We try to have a lot of fun times and laughs. Can’t wait to hear your big news tomorrow!

  • Reply Erin Port May 22, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Wow you had a full weekend of fun! Thatvride that was a hit is my kids favorite too, I once had to ride it bc my oldest didn’t want to ride alone – ha! I love that they have a pirate festival! The boardwalk is also so fun! So glad to get to see it all in pics! Xoxo Erin

    • Reply xo Tara May 22, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      Yeah, I was a little worried about how they would do. At first Reid looked petrified then burst into fits of laughter.

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