On Saturday night we went to Nokomis Beach for the drum circle. The surf was pretty wild much to the kids’ delight. They loved everything..the waves, the sunset, the drums, the dancers, the hula hoops, the crowd. For adults, though, it wasn’t our favorite time. A six year old wandered off…her mom thought she was with her nana, her nana thought she was with the mom. The drummers stopped; everyone searched and yes, she was found but it took awhile and Erin and I both cried when she was found. It hit way too close to home. It can happen in the blink of an eye as we all know. We try really hard not to take our eyes off the kids while we’re at the beach…not easy because they’re busy little kids, in and out of the water, building sand castles, up and down the beach looking for dry sand, then wet sand…The kids aren’t the only ones who come home exhausted.
We went to Siesta Key on Sunday. Another gorgeous day. And then, today the girls went to camp at Mote Marine. They say they learned a lot…just can’t remember it all. Kelly, Erin and Declan went to Mote Marine too and they all went on a boat ride there.
Jerry and I stayed home today. It was VERY quiet here. Jerry did the lawn. I cleaned the house and made brownies. Then both of us floated in the pool and read. Part of me was sorry I stayed home because I love watching the kids wherever they are but part of me was glad for the quiet and for the chance to get the house back in shape even if it was going to be a mess again as soon as everyone got home. I finished listening to Euphoria while I cleaned…fabulous book. Now I’m reading JoJo Moyes’ new book One Plus One. I’m liking it. And I’m listening to Chris Bohjalian’s new one Close Your Eyes Hold Hands…liking that one too.
Sea turtle patrol was good. Declan didn’t last long. He didn’t want to get caught in the rain. He didn’t get caught but the rest of us did.
The kids were as fascinated with the kitty at the resort where we pick up our materials as they were with the turtle track and the eggs. They may go again next Saturday. Or, maybe by then, they’ll need to sleep in. They’re getting up very early for camp these days.
We certainly are packing in as much as we can every day. I keep thinking the kids are going to crash one of the these days but they’re like Energizer bunnies. They keep going and going. Declan just asked Erin if they could stay at the beach until dark tomorrow. (Oh please, no)
It’s only 8:00 and everyone’s in bed. The Energizer bunnies have crashed. Their mom has crashed. Time for nana to crash too.