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Summer’s Already Gone?

1-IMG_0184This is the first summer in a long, long, long time that I can remember that we never did make it to the beach.  No sand between the toes, no salty ocean water, and no frozen chocolate malt cup with one of those little wooden spoons.  It’s a little bit of a bummer since we are less than an hour from the ocean’s shore.  But, things happen and life rolls on.  There will be many more summer’s at the beach.

This is me pouting a little, and stomping my feet a couple of times.  I have such great memories of going to the beach with all of my kids, and their cousins.  For a few summers we would go to the beach once a week.  We’d leave right after lunch and get to the  ocean’s shore around 2pm.  We’d take dinner with us.  Cold chicken legs, watermelon, and an assortment of chips and what not’s.  We’d swim and watch the sunset, and would not leave until it got dark.  Such good times and such great memories.  Sometimes I would have 5 or 6 kids in the car with me, along with all of the boogie boards, towels, lots of sunscreen, and food.  My Momster van would be stuffed to the brim.

For quite a few years we had an annual family picnic at the beach.  We would set the date so everyone could be together for a day of fun in the sun.  There would be tons of food, a few e-z ups for shade, lots of chairs, and a wagon to haul it all in.  Then there is a certain Travel Guy in the family who would get to the beach extremely early, I’m talking like 6 or 7 am.  He would stake out a fire ring, take a grill with him to cook on,  and get a spot all staked out for the day.  I’m sure I remember him taking some parking cones to help him stake out our “party zone” for the day.  He’d usually have a few helpers with him, who’d get treated to a breakfast cooked beachside.

Family members would trickle into the “party zone” throughout the day. There would be lots of eating and swimming,  swimming and eating, Frisbees, a few baseball gloves and a ball for the kids to play pickle, and maybe a kite or two.

By dinnertime we’d have a fire roaring in the ring.  Hot dogs and hamburgers roasting, salads galore, and all of the kids just chomping at the bit to roast marshmallows for their s’mores. Of course it wouldn’t be a proper marshmallow fest without a game of chubby bunny first.

We’d roast lots and lots of mallows, eat s’mores, laugh and kibbutz about all things family.  The day would end when  the beach closed, around 10pm, and then it was the long, tired trek home.  Such great memories and such good times.

It’s been a few years since we’ve gotten all of the gang together for a family beach day.  It gets harder and harder every year with all of the kids moving along in their own directions. It was a fun family tradition that hopefully we can revive again soon.

Now fall is upon us.  Here in Southern California we look forward to the cooler days and nights.  Many, many cooler nights.  We still can get to the beach a time or two, it’s just not the same as during the hot days of summer.

Does your family have a  favorite summertime get together?

Fun Times here at Camp Grandma

Two weeks of Camp Grandma have passed now.  Evan has had some busy days here, and gotten lots of little projects done.  I am fortunate to be able to have Evan here two days a week over his summer vacation.  He comes to “Camp Grandma” on Thursday’s and Friday’s. 

Each week I have something fun planned for us to do.  Funny thing is when we have an extra person joining us for the day,  Evan and I say we have a “special guest” with us for the day. 

Our first week of Camp Grandma,  we had special guest, Uncle Bryan with us for the day.  On Thursday it was a gorgeous Southern California day, and we went to the beach.  My favorite beach to take Evan to is Corona del Mar.  Actually,  I always took the kids to this beach when they were younger, because it’s a little inlet kind of  beach, and the waves don’t get too outrageous.  We packed a nice picnic lunch, threw the boogie boards in the car and off we went.  Evan has so much fun in the sand and surf.  He’s quite brave in the water, and made this Grandma just a bit nervous a few times.


Evan loves to be covered in sand and rolls around in it, especially when he is wet. 

He spent tons of time in the water, and when we got into the car to drive home he was asleep in just a few minutes.

He got some boogie boarding lessons from his Uncle Bryan, and we decided he needs a little bit smaller boogie board to get his arms around.  I wasn’t able to get any good pictures of the boogie boarding.  I was too excited for Evan to be skimming across the water.  He was a trooper and kept going back out into the water and eventually “caught a few waves” (translation – swam in on the whitewash of the waves!).  Thanks to Uncle Bryan for being our first “special guest”, on our first day of Camp Grandma.

On Friday, of week one it was definitely a day of rest.  We were so pooped out from beach the day before, that the only thing we did that day was read a book, went for a swim, and played some Go Fish (Evan’s favorite card game).  Evan read “Go Dog Go” to me and our dog, Clyde.  Clyde really liked the story, he went to sleep.

As a side note, the “Camp Grandma” phrase was coined by Travel Man.  He’s excited for Evan and I to get to spend some time together again this summer.  I think we’ll make some special t-shirts or hats that say “Camp Grandma”.  I’m looking forward to lots of fun craft and science projects, and some reading mixed in there too.  Plus we’ll mix in a few road trips to the beach, or the museum, or the aquarium.  Stay tuned for more adventures with Evan and I in the weeks to come.  Hope everyone’s summer is off to a great start.

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