Thursday, July 31, 2008

OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND,,,,,NOT NEW JERSEY




I need to forwarn you......this post is gonna be an awfully long one. So if you are game to hang in there......I hope you enjoy it. It was fun for me.

I just came back from a mini vacation! And granted, it was just for a few days. But in a few days you can clear your head from all of the fog that work can cause. And for me, it means spending much enjoyed time with the people I love the most; the darling threesome. I also was able to spend a few days with my sisters....who live in Salisbury.

Aaron and Kelli had asked me weeks ago to go with them to the ocean. Since just coming back from a vacation in Tennessee, I really didn't know if I would be able to work that out. As it was, I was able too and feel so honored that the kids wanted me to tag-a-long with them. And let's not forget....another opportunity to take more photo's of the precious threesome.

Aaron packed up the car but wouldn't be able to join us there until Friday. So Kelli, me and the children left Thursday morning and we headed for the ocean. When I say ocean, I'm talking about Ocean City, Maryland. I grew up 30 minutes from there. Living so close to the ocean, I think I really took it for granted. Sure, I liked going to the beach and we even camped on the beach, between the dunes, many years ago. You could do that then. We would pitch our tent and stay for a week. I remember so vividly hearing the sound of the waves as they crashed onto the shore. I remember too, the salty seabreeze that would fill my nostrils as I inhaled. I didn't mean to get carried away with all of that information.

But anyway, we drove for awhile, ate lunch in Delaware, drove some more, crossed into Maryland again. You see, you have to go through a small area of Delaware to get back into Maryland. That sounds crazy, doesn't it? I'll stop now.....I won't even start to explain that one.

We arrived in Ocean City around 4:00 p.m. We unpacked and rested up a bit. My son-in-laws grandmother, has owned the property where we stayed for probably close to 40 years. She is 83 now and doesn't get to the beach house much anymore. Aaron's family hopes to keep this property in the family even though there has been talk of selling it. It was great to have this place to go too. I hope that they are able to do this.

The girl's were excited days before we actually started our jaunt there....all they wanted to do was to go to the beach. They were bursting with energy. See how happy everyone was? Well, baby E must see something he is interested in. Cause he sure wasn't looking at mom-mom. This was just before we dug our toes into the sand and walked down to the water. Let me rephrase that.....COLD water!



The sun was beginning to set and the reflection of the sun going down on the water was just so beautiful. I'm not sure you can see just how lovely it really was. The lighting wasn't all that great and I didn't want to use the flash. But here are a few pictures of the girls running down to the water and back up as the waves crashed onto the shore line.





As we were walking on the beach, Kelli pointed out our shadow and suggested that I take a picture of that.



The girl's were having a ball. They would run back and forth screaming and yelling with joy with every step they took. Here are pictures of Kelli with E....his first trip to the beach! I have to tell you....it was freezing! A cold front had gone through during the early evening, just before we arrived. The wind was blowing and it was very breezy and she was trying to protect E and keep him from getting too cold. We had no idea it would be like that on the beach.







These next grouping of pictures are of the family on Friday after Aaron had arrived in the late afternoon. We had dinner and then went down to the beach again. The kids managed to stay pretty dry this time, but the day before they got very wet! They didn't mind one bit.



Aaron was able to easily get the "Barbie" kite to fly. I guess so.....it was so breezy. Another cool beach night.





We all went to the beach on Saturday and oh my goodness.....it was the perfect beach day. There was a nice breeze and it wasn't too hot....just perfect. Of course I sat under an umbrella the whole time except for when I was down by the water taking pictures of the family. I'm old now and don't want to further damage my skin. I've done enough of that over the years I'm sure of. I could care less about getting a tan or looking lily white like I do. I'm not as vain as I used to be. Funny how aging takes care of vanity.







Kelli told me as I was taking these pictures to not post unless she approved of them. As she was reviewing the pictures on the screen she commented that some of them were fine. I don't remember which ones. I hope that I'm posting the ones she approved of. If not....I may never get to take her picture again! To me....she is just beautiful. But she would like to be back at her pre-pregnancy weight. Of course so would I. (he-he) She is nursing a hungry little man who wants to eat much of the time and she needs/likes to eat too. It runs in our family. She seems to always lose her pregnancy weight gain. When she puts her mind to anything....she sticks to it.









And then, this post wouldn't be complete without a few seagulls. Not one of my better picture taking qualities. Birds are difficult....at least for me.





And the last of the pictures are random shots from the beach. Pictures of advertising by means of the water or sky. Pictures that show lots of people on the beach and even a practice rescue.











That's all folks!