Sunday, September 07, 2008
Beach Trip: Corolla, NC
I was bad about taking photos during our week at the Outer Banks. We had a great time sharing a big, beachfront house with friends. Some of the highlights, of which I don't have any photos, are:
Riding in the waves on a raft with Andrew. My sisters had introduced him to this activity the previous week on the family vacation in North Myrtle. He loved it, and we had a great time expanding on this new-found skill the next week.
Getting in the hot-tub with Andrew. On the Myrtle vacation, Andrew discovered his love of hot tubs. I am reluctant to admit to myself that it may have been his favorite activity at the beach. I suppose his little body really did lose heat quickly in the ocean, so hopefully the hot-tub obsession relates more to that than some tendency toward laziness, but in any event, he always looked forward to capping off the beach day with hours of fun in the hot tub. There was a hot tub overlooking the ocean on the third floor of the beach house.
Reading stories every night with Andrew on the third-floor porch right next to the hot tub. We read Goodnight Moon, Tell Me a Scary Story, and Go Dog Go.
Will falling asleep so easily in my arms on our beach walks.
Will loved crawling around in the puddles I would make for him. He also learned to love baths on this trip.
Nightly rounds of games: speed scrable (Carey dominated), Celebrities, Catch phrase. I am a nerdy games person.
Watching the Olympics.
The Bonfire on the last night (complete with smores), followed by a group reading of Tell Me a Scary Story (But Not Too Scary). All the kids were riveted. The illustrations were a bit scarier and more Freddy Kruegerish than I would have thought a children's book would feature, but it ends well . . . and Andrew did love it.
I would be remiss to omit Andrew's love affair with the two bunk bed sets in our family bedroom. We could barely tear him off the top bunk to introduce him to the other things the beach had to offer. The only way being sent to his room could be a punishment was if I removed the ladder to the top bunk. The Finding Nemo bed spreads only added fuel to the raging fire of Andrew's obsession.
Andrew loved the bigger kids, especially the two 7 year old boys.
It was the perfect way to end our summer.