Grown-up & Girl Bonding Time

Yesterday, Linds and I had a morning and early afternoon to do absolutely whatever we wanted. Our husbands gifted us some “grown-up girl bonding time.” (I’m so bummed I have no pix of the two of us!) We did not delay! We headed out at 8am for breakfast and then went over to Historic Beaufort. We perused shops, bought some goodies for the kiddos, splurged on a few little trinkets, a dress and a side table. (I’m stinking excited about the table, but I have a little buyer’s remorse, too.) It was so good to have an adult conversation and just mosey around at our leisure. The only potty breaks we had to take was for ourselves. We were going to take the whole day for ourselves, but then, we thought about the guys packing up the kids and cleaning the house to leave by 5pm. My first thought was not selfless, it was ” something will definitely be forgotten.” Then, came the guilt. “It’s not really fair for us to leave them with that huge task.” Then came the regret, “it’s our last day at the beach and we really didn’t have much family time.” So, we went back early to help clean and pack and then we got everyone into their bathing suits and headed back to the ocean for one last hurrah! It was so worth it. Then, last night we introduced Marcus and Lindsey to our favorite restaurant of all time (well, mine, at least): The Chef and the Farmer. As I like to say, don’t go there because you’re hungry. Go to experience food....
The beach through new eyes

The beach through new eyes

It was so fun to see our friends’ kiddos experience the ocean for the very first time! The only time the newest little sis had seen the ocean was when she flew over it from China. All three were smitten, but had a healthy bit of fear, too. There were screams of glee as they ran from the waves and wary looks when dad took them out into the water a little deeper than they felt comfortable. Here’s all six of the kids! Then, there are my knuckleheads! They made surfboards in the sand…sillies! These are taken with my Canon 5D and a 50mm lens (my favorite “plastic fantastic!”). I edited them just a tad in Adobe...
Mama Time

Mama Time

Today, my college roomie, Linds and I stayed with the kiddos while the guys went out into the sea with our good friend Clint to catch a few big fish. Clint’s wife and my Ktown BFF, Mary kept us mama’s company at the house. It was fun to have our college life collide with Ktown life.  Unfortunately, seasickness & sunburn overcame the guys. Sad day. Us girls had a good time, though. It was good to just BE with the kids. No phone (except for the camera) distracted me. I got in the water, splashed and played with them. I’ve always had a little fear of sea creatures, but other than that lurking fear, I let my inhibitions go so I could have fun with them. What a good day. P.S. We actually did school while the younger kids were taking a rest. She did so great. She even made a little Christopher Columbus puppet. These are taken with my iPhone and no edits 🙂 Disclaimer: this is real...