Not A Day At The Beach….Well, Sort Of! *Pic Heavy*
Not A Day At The Beach
6.75 mo. old 😥
Well, technically, it was, a couple hours at the beach, but if you look around, it didn’t look much like the mental images of any beach day, I have ever known, and thoroughly enjoyed. Cloudy skies, and thick fog. Almost seemed as if God turned on a large smoke machine from the sky, and blasted it down upon us, in the minutes we first arrived. I can never catch a break. I so enjoy the glorious sunshine, and now, the end of September, those days are severely numbered, especially, combined with warmth.
So ironic. I waited the entire summer, for the big kids to start school, and to break out with the twins, travel all the way to the boardwalk on a bright, sunny day, and get a good power jog in, sit on one of the benches to relax a minute or two, with an ice cold water bottle, and stare at the sea, if only for a short while, but you know that could never happen. Far too much for me to ask, right?
This has been a place I spent many summers growing up at, and enjoyed long before, I ever even had children. Last time I had been there, was 5 long years ago…WOW, yes, because Mikayla was a newborn, I can’t believe it was that long.
So I was really excited to get to go, since it isn’t right next door to us, and also when would the other kids agree to walk much less a jog across the boardwalk. NEVER, so with the stroller I could. Plus, we never hit the beaches there, during the ‘season’, even as a family, because they charge $10 a person, not per car, like other beaches you go to, so it’s an expensive venture with several children.
FINALLY, 5 years in the making, I see the clouds dissipate from the sky, through my bathroom window, before I go. I had been dismayed all morning at the lack of sun, and it decided to eventually make it’s appearance, in a beautiful way, and I was so pumped and ready to jam. The big kids were in school, hub had agreed to take care of everything at home, minus the twins, they would be coming. All seemed great.
Wouldn’t you know, as soon as I crossed over the bridge leading to my paradise destination, or so it seems after 7 years without any real vacation, the clouds started rolling in, and my glorious sun, was fading out. My mood totally gets more sunny with the nice weather, so I felt myself getting bummed by the minute, watching things get ickier, and ickier.
What, were the dark clouds following me around? I always wondered that, because it always seems as if its beautiful outside my windows, and then I walk out, and boom, the clouds roll in. Even my husband can attest to this happening more times then he could count. He just laughs. I think it’s so unfunny!
But this was my one day, my one time. I had everything set up at home for the other kids, I was out, ready, full tank of gas, bag packed, out I go, Skecher’s Shape Ups and all, eagerly awaiting a few miles of fun, on my feet, tightening up my derriere, and what do you know?
If I had a before picture, from when I left the house, even thereafter, you wouldn’t believe it. Suddenly the entire boardwalk, beach, everything became fogged out, with no pretty views to take in, no skin warming sun, to enjoy. Nothing, that usually this boardwalk used to provide for me, which was sort of depressing. It was a wonderful place, and yesterday it looked like a ghost town.
Looks so purdy, doesn’t it?
I had even ran out and grabbed a walkman at the store, quickly before leaving. (Retail price mind you. These last minute trips, will cost you there!!) I was all set, good to go, and the weather just killed the mood…well, that and then Annie, screamin her little head off. I Ended up carrying her on my hip half the time, but that sort of is expected.
If only I had gotten out there when they were still newborns, and actually slept in the carriage. She gets held more then she will sit in it, and I don’t have real big hips to hold her nicely, so I struggle. I wish they grew an inch or two out, to help. She has to see EVERYTHING around her. Very curious & very nosey. Thankfully she still doesn’t weigh THAT much, but boy when she does, look out. That is when I’ll be calling for daddy, since I have a bad back, but then again so does he (Eeek!!)
Anyhow, I made the most of it, I guess, but it wasn’t what i expected. Oh, and of course, not only no sun, but 1,000% humidity, or so it felt. I picked a great day for my long awaited venture. So fog, AND sweat. Oh well, always next year right? Oh, and I had to laugh at myself. The minute I got them up onto the walk, and saw an open bench, we sat down, and I fed them in the Stroll-Air, which thank God I bought that thing. I feed them in it so easilly, It’s light, and compact, I just love it. It’s such a blessing, to an on the go mom, when dad isn’t present, especially, but even when he is.
I opened up the first bottle of forumla for the twins, and like the popping of a cork, the bottle cap, flew through the air, and could have went in 3 other directions, but yet it didn’t. It went right off the board walk, bouncing it’s way down, about 8-10 feet, into the sand.
Now I am not scared even at my ripe old age, to be like a kid again, and take the perilous looking jump. I have done it before, but never with child. It could be more then 10 feet up, I’m really not sure, but they think it deters kids and others from trying to jump on the beach for free or something. (Yeah right), but I would take the jump, and retrieve the bottle cap, however, how would I get back to my babies? That was out of course. There was no stair case, right there to come straight back up. Though I couldn’t even jump down without them, and DUH, no mom would jump with ’em. We are talking bottle cap here, not 10 million dollars! I’d have found a way if it were THAT 🙂
The stupid cap happened to be right smack in the middle of two of the stairwells at least 1/2 mile apart from eachother, on both sides, and I couldn’t push the Stroller onto the sand, and roll it across, nor could I leave the stroller because someone would surely steal it. I got to get a lock for that sucker, but regardless, I couldn’t trech two babies 1/2 a mile, in my arms (That still scares me holding them both for any amount of time), and making my way to it.
Granted had it been the phone I dropped, we would have had to make our way, but it was a bottle cap, and so while annoying as it was, because moms know, we do need the caps or pretty much, throw out the bottle. Do they sell just caps? If not, It’s time companies start doing so, because they always vanish on us. I couldn’t help but take a quick photo of the irony, starting only minutes into this magical day at the beach (ha ha).
‘What goes up, must come down, and then down some more’
Oh well, I laughed, as the skies started to grow darker. I walked a bit, but Annie was restless, so I decided to take a small little blanket that I like to throw down for them to chill out on, in the sand, right at the end of the boardwalk, so the stroller stayed mostly clean, and let them put their feet in the sand. They just love wiggling their little toes around in it. What makes them happy, always makes me happy!
A man leaned over the boardwalk, looked down and said, ‘They are really cute, two boys? A boy and girl? What do you got there?’. I sware next time I’m asked what sex these children are, with a headband on their heads, and wearing the color pink, I’m just going to agree, with whatever the person thinks. If they say are they boys? Sure….:-D . I’m sick of answering such a blatantly stupid question.
Girls?? Boys?? Can You Tell?
It didn’t take long for the cat fighting to start between the girls, once I laid them down. Annie was actually pulling on Allie’s hair. The hair that she does have anyhow. It’s very strange to watch this occur among babies. I would never think I’d have to step in, and ring a bell of sorts, every few seconds, to keep them protected from one another. This makes me wonder, how so many twins survive to adulthood, especially if they sleep together once they become even semi-mobile. I can’t even imagine!
Baby Battle 101
Too bad I only had the camera phone, and not the regular one, with the video on. I told myself this would be one day without pictures, but guess I lied! Anyhow, the real workout goal of my day, was pretty much shot. I did walk a bit, but not the real fast, power walk, from one end of the boardwalk to the other, and back. I guess I have to go alone for that, which will happen, ummm well, probably NEVER. *Smile*. With Allie only, I think it could be done, but I did enjoy just watching them play. They are such sweeties.
A woman came up and sat down, cleaning herself off, from a morning at the beach, in preparation to leave, and she said ‘Some crazy weather huh?’. I said, I had only gotten there a short while ago, but I expected sunshine from where I had come from, and she said, It was the weirdest thing, how the fog and poor weather came out of nowhere. She had been there for hours, and said it was bright and clear the whole time, up until minutes before. To me, further confirmation that the clouds do indeed follow me around. I don’t get it!
Nothing looks clear from here!
ANYHOW, I let them play around some more, and it was very funny, how I was snapping pics with my phone, and slowly Annie had backed herself off of the blanket, getting further and further away from her sibling, and into the sandy mire. She’s going to be the tomboy, jumping through the muddy puddles for sure, she just had to get dirty, and I know dad wouldn’t have liked it, but my motto in life, is ‘let kids be kids. They don’t get to be, for very long, so enjoy it’. Everything within reason of course, but I think this was just fine, I don’t mind bathing them, after having a good time. Just because they aren’t even 7 months old yet, doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy themselves, and some fun. Just look at that crazy grin, with hands completely filthy. She isn’t too young to know what fun means to her:) She even dug into the sand, on her side. Quite funny.
Allie likes to stay clean, play with her feet, stare at her sister playing, or kick her feet in the sand, and pound away at it, but not get completely immersed in filth. She will be my girlie girl.
So, the day didn’t go as planned, and without the beaming sunshine smiling down upon me, I didn’t feel much like jogging much anyhow, plus after letting them play, I realized how late it was getting, and packed up the crew, for the long drive home. It’s amazing how many people praise you when you have two babies. They watch you change diapers, do feedings, and just manage them, in absolute amazement.
I really do enjoy when people say to me, how I got it so together, and that I amaze them. It’s the kind of praise, I don’t ever remember getting before them, but it feels really great. YES, I am more together, then I ever was before, and yes, I do deserve some praise, I handle my girls well, and I am proud of it, and proud of them, and all multiple mommies should be proud of themselves as well.
I mean when I ask my husband, ‘Why don’t you ever take the girls out like I do, on your own?’. He will reply by saying, ‘Why put myself through that kind of trouble, if it isn’t needed?’ Or ‘Why put myself in that situation?’ SITUATION? Do you mom’s get that?
To me, it may take a lot of work to pack up everything, put babies in and out of the car, especially for multiple trips in one day, and to feed them when they demand it, and to burp, change, and often hold one, and stroll the other, but I enjoy it, and I CHOOSE to do it! When I had met that woman, I once told you about, who had nearly 3 yr. old twin boys, and it was her first outing EVER alone, with them. I couldn’t believe it.
These kids may still be babies, but they still need the fresh air, and sunshine (Well, not yesterday, on the sunshine part 😆 ). They still enjoy seeing life, and everyone, and everything, that surrounds them in it, and quite frankly, no matter how much work it ever has been to do so, it more pleasure then it is a problem, and I really love my sweet little baby girls.
Now, when I tell people I have more at home (Kid wise), in the off times where I get the chance to just be with the twins, since school started, well then they pretty much bow down to you, he he, and say ‘Oh God, bless you dear. No one can say anything to you’ HATS OFF! Hey, guess I was meant to be a mom, because there is simply no job in the world, that I have ever loved better, nor ever could.
One final snap shot on the way out, and time to head to the car! We had fun anyway, you crabby ‘ol sky!
MAYBE…big maybe, we’ll get back again before it gets too cold!
Those smiling faces, made my day, and off we went back home for some supper. Have a great day everybody, and thanks so much for stopping by!