Before we came, I tried to think of activities that everyone could do together. The "Who is this beautiful baby?" activity was a big hit. Thursday I organized a scavenger hunt in town. S, R, and J helped me write the lists of eleven items each. Dan, Katie, and M were their respective partners in finding things like a named statue or a blue house around the town, photographing it to give proof and returning within 45 minutes. There was much excitement on the part of the three littler ones and the older ones really made it fun for everyone.
A theme of the week is "Where is A?" or "Who has A?" He has learned to open the doors and the gate and he has strong opinions about food and bedtime. He chats a lot and is pretty cute which is a very good thing!
Each of the younger grandchildren enjoys his or her own thing--R pretending, J writing, S on his screens, and A digging in the dirt. (Who needs beach sand?) The older ones were patient about being away from home and friends for a week.
Beach time depends on the weather. We have been able to get down there at least once a day. That means crossing the street--what a great location Strandvue has been. The waves have been large--large enough to knock me right over on Friday. I did try the boogie boards on Thursday and rode a few waves in--not far.
Thursday was lobster, salmon and shirmp kabobs. A feast every night!
Friday night was taco night followed by an ice cream cake decorated for the ocean stay--and then followed by a fireworks show--lightening over the water.
More beach time today. One last grilling meal and trying to finish what was left in the refrigerator--one last ice cream trip--and then a walk around the tabernacle to hear the Beach Boys in concert--just a song or two.
Sunday--The beaches are closed as always on Sunday morning.
We hope to be home by early afternoon on Monday. It's been a great week thanks to all 12 of our very dear children, their spouses, and our grandchildren. What a great way to celebrate our 50th anniversary!