Trish took her third annual girls-only trip to the beach this past weekend, so I assumed some of her duties for a few days, including providing updates to the blog. (Nothing like a few days alone with Ella and Jack to remind me how much she does behind the scenes here.)
I suppose the weekend really started on Friday night when we all went outside to enjoy the summer weather. Jack and I (surprise, surprise) played Star Wars with a few modified golf clubs while Ella rode her bike. I told Ella not to go past the neighbor’s mailbox, but with a fair amount of attitude, she explained to me that she was five now and could go to the 3rd mailbox – significantly farther down the street. I relented…and she seemed to have fun building up some good speed pedaling down the street. Hopefully I didn’t set a precedent that her mother won’t like.
Saturday afternoon was spent at the pool with Miles, Noah, Griffin, and Mike Brown. What better way to welcome in the hot weather than with the Brown boys. FOUR HOURS of fun later, the adults called it quits and everyone headed home. I have to say, the swim lessons have really paid off for Ella – she is just about self-sufficient, even in the adult pool. I am impressed. Jack is making progress too, but still prefers sticking to the water slide in the smaller pool with partner-in-crime Noah. That’s a-ok with me…I prefer he not get too brave too fast. A little bit of caution is a good thing in my book.
Saturday night we had an added bonus – we got to take advantage of PopPop’s (my Dad) layover at the Charlotte airport. Stuck here for a few hours on his way home from Kentucky, he came through security and met us for a quick visit and a box of donuts. The kids really enjoyed seeing him…and the donuts.
Sunday we headed back to the pool for another four hours with the Brown boys. These kids have endless energy when it comes to swimming. Good times were had by all though (myself included), so I hardly minded the repeat trip.