May 29, 2012
Sand in my teeth...
The weekend was a blur! We stayed busy every day, but it was all fun!
Friday night we had our Cub Scout den over with their families for dinner (cooked by the scouts) and a marshmallow roast.
They grilled the hot dogs :)
After dinner they practiced erecting a tent and some fun with slingshots
Saturday morning we drove up to our capitol city of Richmond, about 2 hours away to bid farewell to a friend who is "stationed" there as a Mormon missionary (can you tell I'm a military wife?) Two years on his own dime and only 4 phone calls home, that takes a lot of dedication for someone his age.
We loaded up at Whole Foods (we don't have that either down here!) and had a picnic lunch at a park overlooking the city, what a great view! The next day he would be off on a flight back home to Washington state to get back to family, friends, college, dirt bikes and whatever fun the summer will bring. I wonder if he will miss the past 2 years of Virginia heat and humidity? Yeah, probably not :)
Of course we had to make a pit stop at "Disneyland"...er, R.E.I.!
The closest R.E.I. is this one at 2 hours away, but we were a little disappointed, it was more like the "convenience store" of REI's... next time we will just wait to go to the bigger one back home in Minnesota near my parents' house.
We were home in time that evening for hubby to get out on the water for a few minutes and then tacos at a local taco shop on the beach.
We dropped off Loch at a friend's house for a sleepover and then it was just Finn with us for the night. Here's Finn learning the in's and out's of rooftop paddle board hauling-
and enjoying a root beer and taco night with us, dinner out was cheaper minus Loch that night :)
yummy Carne Asada tacos
Next day was more beach (the Chesapeake Bay) and paddle boarding...
Loch is growing up so fast...
Monday was yet more beach, the ocean this time...
He was doing pretty well for awhile but the surf was getting really strong with the tropical storm moving up the coast, I pulled him out right after this. He's a decent swimmer after all these years of lessons, but rip tides don't discriminate.
We ended the weekend with a cookout at a friend's house, a car that looked like a sand dune, showers at home that looked like those at a campground and two really tired little boys!
Finn's tip for the next big weekend:
"Remember, SAFETY FIRST"!
Did I mention it was 90º and 82% humidity all weekend? Yuck. Now it just started pouring a few minutes ago and we are supposed to start seeing the rain bands of Tropical Storm Beryl start arriving tonight, we are expected to get from 6-8 inches of rain over the next 2 days. I can't believe how early this hurricane season started. The official start date is June but we never really see storms until August, this is going to be a wild year.
I have a feeling that we will be doing more fun things this summer and possibly leaving the garden to look a bit more unruly than usual summers. It looks like hubby will be deploying to the Middle East again in February, so instead of fighting the insects and weather of 2012, we may just try to enjoy family & friends as much as we can this summer.