My Aunt Pat visited us today, along with my Mom and Dad. Aunt Pat used to live in California, but moved a few years ago to be near her son and grandchildren in Arkansas. We don't get to see her very often--she has never met Ben or Emma--so it was really nice to have her out to meet the kids and see our home. We had a nice day of talking, playing with the kids, laughing and of course, eating! And the highlight of the afternoon was driving out to the beach.
We had a stunning day today, over 70 degrees and sunny. We didn't let the kids wear bathing suits--much to their dismay!--but they wore shorts and T-shirts and we sunscreened up and played blissfully in the sand. The kids waded and after the first shock didn't mind at all how cold the water was. I put my feet in--and then headed right back out. The beach looked different without the lifeguard chair or the ropes delineating the swimming area, but it was nice to feel the sun, hear the waves, smell the salt air and watch the birds. It was a great way to spend the afternoon.
We also had our first barbecue for dinner, too--we made burgers, bbq chicken, and Italian sausages. Salad, oven roasted potatoes, roasted veggies (zucchini, mushrooms, colored peppers and onions) and a black and white poundcake for dessert. Emma ate 2 drumsticks, 2 helpings of potatoes, salad and even some of a hamburger! She skipped dessert....
A really nice day.