Somehow the summer got away from me, and I hate to say that we didn’t go to the beach ONE time. There were plenty of other fun things we did, but that wasn’t one of them. And I feel bad about that since there are so many great beaches around here, and I denied my kids the beach experience! I won’t blame it all on Peter, but with a two-nap kid, we were kinda chained to the house to a certain degree. Daily schedule: get up, feed everyone breakfast, get everyone ready, time for morning nap, nap ends, feed everyone lunch, run a few quick errands, back home for afternoon nap, nap ends, time for dinner, jammies, and bedtime. It’s OK for Peter to skip a nap now and then, but for the most part, I’m pretty adamant that naps happen.
Anyway, that’s a long excuse for why we didn’t go to the beach this summer, but I partially redeemed myself by taking the kids one afternoon the week after school started. The following unseasonably-hot Wednesday after Seth got home from early release school, I had everything packed and we headed to Newcastle Beach Park. Despite the chilly lake water (it’s never really WARM), the kids had a blast, and so did I. I promise right now that we’ll go much more often next summer!
Our budding civil engineer made an impressive network of water canals.
Happy end-of-summer and back-to-school! This is one of about 30 attempts at a picture together. I sure do love how they play together. We celebrated on the way home with a McDonald’s ice cream cone, and Peter fell asleep in the car. After all, it was time for his afternoon nap. :-)