Last weekend… how did that fly away so quickly?
Our van, now familiar with the trek, was loaded down with two adults, five kids, paraphernalia and clothing for said kids and adults, bikes, roof-top carrier, two tents, blankets, pillows, towels and snacks. We made it down to the shore house. The icon of summer fun. The shoe-box that still has room for more memories. This time we shared our weekend with Matt’s family and their good friends visiting them right now; friends that were Matt’s parents’ neighbors when they first got married.
The second night there, we woke up to some innocent drippings from the dark sky outside our tent. Elsie and Elijah woke up feeling wet, but we brushed it aside and told them to tough it out. Ha. Five minutes later the heavens opened and our tent became like a sieve, letting in torrents of water. I scooped Betty out of her pack n’ play, told everyone to RUN to the house, and we all sought shelter in the teeny tiny living room. By that time there was thunder and lightning, which brought the occupants of the other tent into the living room as well. So, our morning was started rather early that day. Once the rain cleared, we were able to sop up the puddles in our tent, and I took all of our clothes and sheets and some blankets to the laundromat to get washed and dried. After stuffing them into two “double capacity” washers, I learned there are “mega” and “ultra” capacities that could have handled them all. Oh, well!
On Independence Day, my sister and her family joined in on the fun, and we all went to the beach. It was the perfect beach day, and all the kids played in the water for hours. We went back to the shore house to get cleaned up. With 21 people and one bathroom, the outside shower was a hit! Then we all piled back into our cars and headed to the boardwalk for pizza and the fireworks. It was a blast (haha) and the cutest part was that Betty slept through all the blasts and bangs and bright lights.
Tuesday morning we held our annual talent show. If laughter is the best medicine, then we were well medicated! The crown of the show was when Jon & Elijah came driving around the house in Capri’s car, with the subwoofer booming. Out they came, and as they tossed off their hats, I saw why they had asked for the hair-clippers: mohawks, 80’s style, accentuated their crazy look. Then they started to jam, and we rolled with laughter. It was a great show.
What a blast.