Yes, I have been busy. Therefore, this blog will be a round-up of the rest of our summer; a mish-mash of activities, travel, food, books, fun and somewhere in there something I like to call my "24-hour hedonistic behavior". Yeah, read on:
1. We did another family walk, this time along the beach. There's a walking path and riding path that is a total of 6 miles round trip. We had only planned on walking the path (silly mommy for thinking I could keep the kids OFF the beach itself). You can guess what happened. Not even halfway into our walk the kids decided to descend upon the beach, which I was TOTALLY unprepared for. The only thing I brought was a mat, snacks and water. We kicked off our shoes and began walking along the shore, collecting shells. Then we sat and enjoyed the sunny day while the kids made sand castles. Despite the fact that my daughter got soaking wet while trying to run from an incoming wave (even that didn't phase her) it was a relaxing and fun day. It was a nice reminder that I don't have to plan everything to enjoy it (translation: I am a CONTROL FREAK!).
2. In a prior post about our trip to Texas I mentioned several times the anxiety I was feeling about flying. Yet, after we got home I told my husband that I wanted to fly again. It wasn't as bad as I thought (plus the drugs helped) but really, it came down to the fact that I wanted my kids to get used to flying. With that, we flew up to San Franciso for our 10th annual family reunion on August 27th. Our flights were delayed both ways! On our way home our flight was delayed because the plane that we were supposed to fly on had some kind of mechanical problem and was taken out of service. I know I'd rather sit and wait for a plane that DOESN'T have any mechanical problems but 5 hours at the airport is a long time, especially when the flight is only a little over an hour! The kids handled the delay well and were extremely excited when we finally landed in L.A. Upon seeing the LAX light sculptures my son declared, "There's no place like home!"
3. Our family reunion was held in San Mateo. It was nice and warm and in an area befitting of a great family gathering, with a park, grassy areas, and a sectioned eating area. It was the complete opposite of San Francisco which was windy during the day and chilly and wet with heavy fog at night. I don't know how I used to hit the clubs with my girlfriends late at night in that weather, wearing, well...you know...not so warm clothes! Regardless, seeing my family is always a good thing no matter what the weather is!