a beach day

Our first full day at the beach started as they always do, with me driving to Uber Bagels and then running three miles before picking up said bagels. Matt needs him some Asiago Bay bagels. Four of them, to be exact. While I was running around the kids woke up and got their fishing rods all ready to go to head to the bay when I got back. No one caught anything this time though, not for lack of trying! It was so windy and chilly that Dom and I didn't last too long...

we went to the beach and david saved two turtles

We spent our weekend last down at the beach visiting with Matt's aunt and uncle, as we have tended to do these most recent of Father's Day weekends. I personally think it's so special for Matt to spend that weekend with his dad's brother. And the kids get to do all sorts of different types of things. Like sit on pontoon boats and set up crab pots. 

We left right after Letty's tutoring session as it was sort of on the way and got there mid afternoon on our first day. The kids wanted to swim even though it was cold so that is of course what we did. David being David he was checking out all the pool filters and to my dismay lifted up this what appeared to be black chunk... I immediately was like drop that! Until he told me it was a baby turtle. And what's more is that there was another one stuck in there as well. So we fixed that right on up by sending them back to the bay.

We  had dinner on the deck back at their house of course... Letty is super in to helping Aunt Sue with the dishes which I mean, who am I to hold her back? She also got to start in on this super fun craft with her as well. Fun aunts, I'll tell you. We spent the rest of the night sitting on the deck and watching the massive storm from the north roll on by, all while staying dry ourselves...

And the best way to start a beach weekend, with a fire!

hersheypark at night

I know we go to Hersheypark when it is dark out a lot in the fall and winter... I mean they don't call it Hersheypark in the Dark for nothing right? But there is just something about going during the summer that makes it different. The weather is infinitely better, for one. And there are no bedtimes. That's huge. 

I dragged Matt along.... Which this may come as a surprise to you all but he doesn't like Hersheypark. I think he is parked out. He doesn't really go on rides so it's more of a support mission. He helps me with Dom and I go on all the thrill rides. So to ease this trip we went to dinner (with drinks!) beforehand. Nothing like eating a ton of food and then riding all the coasters in all the land. I had this amazing steak salad with all the blue cheese and it was seriously just amazing. So if you go to Houlihans in Hershey I am fully vouching for that salad.

Letty was allowed on a new ride for her this night, The Great Bear. She is like riiiiight on the cusp of being the next height category so I guess it depends on who is working the measure stick thingy.... We also got a glimpse of our future as she took off in her little convertible all by her lonesome. I finally put my anxiety aside and took the big kids on the adult swings and yeah no thanks I'll sit that ride out from here on till forever. Not only did it make me want to puke but my anxiety was through the roof.... Those things go high, people. Like, real high. And fun fact? When I got off the ride my iWatch asked me if I was currently swimming... So there's that. 

a week’s worth of little summer things

I have my list, as you can imagine, of things that I want to do this summer. If I did not have a list then things would be missed or forgotten and I cannot allow that. So. Our first week (ish) of summer break and we just hit the ground running with all the little fun summer things! Like hitting up a local restaurant that has quite the deck and a playground right there and hey, island music playing! We also had swim dates with family... We took the kids to a favorite park of their's, it has a zip line and they talk about it alllllll the year long.... We also hit up the Jigger Shop with our family and the park they have there as well.... Our church's "VBS" called Kids Camp is also happening this week..... 

And we are just getting started!