August has been simply amazing. One highlight was our Fifth Annual Kids’ Day. We decided to pack up the kids and take them to Six Flags Great Adventure for a day of thrills and laughter. Everyone loves rollercoasters, and even though the one who loves them the most is the shortest, we still did a whole lot of fun together. On the Congo Rapids, we laughed so hard because on each and every opportunity for water to crash into our raft, Jack and Matthew got soaked. Meanwhile, Elijah, who was the only one hoping to get wet, stayed completely dry. He wasn’t too happy about that. My favorite part of the day was going on Nitro with the three bigs, in the dark, right before closing. It was so fun, we ran all the way around to the front of the line again so we could ride it one more time, and we made it to the second to last ride before it shut down for the night. We laughed and screamed and declared it to have been the perfect adventure.
Our second adventure in August was our family vacation down at Ocean City, NJ. I barely pulled out my camera, but we sure had a blast. Betty adores the ocean, is fearless to ride the waves, and we all had so much fun boogie boarding together. It’s been a long time since I’ve body-slid onto the shore from the top of a wave and had my bathing suit filled with sand.
This is how sad Betty gets when she’s told Daddy needs a break.
One night, we hung out at the boardwalk. I asked someone to take our family’s picture, and happened to ask a professional photographer. He nailed it.
That night we enjoyed the musical talent of many different bands, and joined in the dance party with some friends. It was a blast. At one point I had ice-cream dripping down both of my hands, where the kids had stuffed their cones so they could dance instead. They busted some sweet moves and won enough free mini-golf games so they could go golfing the next day. One night I found the kids on the upstairs deck, talking and laughing together. It felt strangely grown-up-ish and not childish. Good food, walks, talks, sand, sun, runs, and many wonderful memories made it the perfect week.
From there, we traveled to MD to visit friends, and then to Washington D.C. to see the sights and more friends of ours. It was a great memory, for sure!
By the time we reached the White House, our feet felt like they just might fall off. Some, more than others. However, it was still worth the time and mileage to make those memories together.
Summer’s memories are treasured, like love notes tucked into my pocket. Every once in awhile I will pull them out and smile, remembering each moment together.
A favorite song of mine recently has been rolling around in my head all week. I thought it fitting to put the words on the backdrop of one of this week’s sunrises.