We set the alarm to go off this morning at 8am so we could meet Cousin S and her two boys Ld and U, Aunt M and Cousin E and his son E, daughters Lr and D and stepson A at the beach! Well...it didn't work - we snoozed....and snoozed and snoozed again. At 9:45 we woke up - got everyone dressed and out by 10:20!
Bean did a bit of both - she was great while either J or I held her in the water...but she was also content enough to hang out on the shore in the sand - or on Aunt M's lap!
Puppy - he too loved the water. He wasn't happy with it on his face, but as soon as one of us held him past the breaking point....he didn't want to come out!
Must say I was proud of myself for holding it all together....the icky and the sticky in the 100 degree weather. If you ask Lolo or Unc they would tell you it didnt' happen....that their sister hates the beach and the sand. It is true. But I love my kids...and I can tollerate it as long as I can....and then we go...didn't hurt that Shabbat was coming and we had to leave after a few hours.
From their we made a quick stop at the supermarket - and the apartment to shower off and change before dinner with Cousin O and her girls Lr and D at Aunt M's with Mr. B!
Once again after a few minutes - the 6 children were playing like they had been old friends since birth. It is amazing that my kids have so many cousins within their age group....so sad they don't get to see eachother.
Bob is the oldest at 9.5
Lr is the next at 8.75
Ld third at 8 (one month older than...)
Belle is fourth at 8
D is fifth at 6.5 (one week older than....)
Bean who is also 6.5
U is seventh at 5.75
Puppy is younger by a year at 4.75
Then is baby E who is 9 months old
Add A in there at 7....you do the math. that is 9 kids withing 5 years - + a beautiful baby!
My grandma is so fortunate to have all these beautiful great grandchildren....who like eachother!! How fortunate are we to have such a loving grandma to make this family renunion a reality!!
We made it back just in time for a quiet Shabbat at our apartment.