The Cedar Breeze. They had a 2-room suite which worked out great, and they were nice enough to make extra pancakes for the girls to have at breakfast on the 2nd day. They provided beach towels, chairs, and umbrellas, so we were able to pack lighter. Very nice place to stay - we recommend it!
The girls really liked seeing the Chesapeake Bay as we crossed the
bay bridge. Although as we were going higher and higher, Anna asked me
to get to the other side because she was scared. It reminded me of when
we lived in Florida in the early 80's - I remember crossing a very tall
bridge over Tampa Bay, and you could look down through the road. Plus
one of the two spans clearly had collapsed, so that didn't help (I was
excited to have recently been watching a show on the History Channel,
maybe called Engineering Disasters or something, that actually had a segment about what had happened; I never actually knew till then).
Anyway, the last time we had gone to the beach was when Kylie was
visiting - she was 6 at the time, and she was scared of the waves,
which, to be fair, were bigger than her, and they were even knocking me
around. This time, she enjoyed playing in the waves, and the bay bridge
wasn't as big as she remembered (kind of like how huge the Christmas
tree seemed when we were little, but now it's so disappointing to
realize it wasn't as magnificent as you remember).
When we went to the beach the first evening, we walked the girls
right up to where you could see the waves crashing. They took a little
getting used to all the sand in their feet at first. And when we saw
the ocean, Anna was a bit scared and covered her ears. Cara was fine,
and Anna was fine after I explained the ocean would stay over there.
The girls had big fun playing in the biggest sandbox ever.
It was a short trip, and the girls are ready to go back to the
ocean. On the way home, their stuffed animals were talking about going
on a surprise trip. Pics are on my Facebook page or in the picture gallery under Vacations and Trips -> 2009 Bethany Beach. Maybe next year we'll try staying for a week.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
I think one of the reasons was that in Chicago, everyone is basically gathered along the shoreline of Lake Michigan waiting for the planes to arrive and do their thing. Today's event took place right on the airfield at Andrews AFB, and the first thing you saw as your shuttle (from FedEx Field) pulled in were the HUGE transport planes used by the Air Force to transport tanks & such, including a C-130 Hercules (the one where the front nose opens up). You got to walk right up to the planes, walk inside, and talk to the pilots, and in some cases go into the cockpit.
One unexpected treat that those who came today got to see was that President Obama was departing in the morning from Andrews AFB to South Bend, IN, to speak at the Notre Dame graduation ceremonies. They announced that this was going to happen, and we saw the three Marine helicopters come in (the President is always on one of the three, but very few actually know which one, exactly). Then he boarded Air Force One and we got to see it take off. Very neat.
What little boy wouldn't get excited to climb into planes you only see in the movies or on TV, or to watch a jet zoom by silently only to be followed a couple seconds later by its sound, or have his eardrums blown out by the intense crackling and bright glow of full-on afterburners zooming by again and again, or watch a jet zoom by just under Mach 1 only to abruptly go vertical and shoot 2 miles straight up into the sky? The answer is no little boy would not get excited by that, and this little boy/pilot had BIG fun today in aviation heaven.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
The other day there was a spider on the floor, and when I got home Cara kept telling me about the "speeder" in the other room and how they need to just look at the "speeder" and don't touch the "speeder." I ended up putting the "speeder" down the toilet.
Anna is a very good helper with Eddie. She loves being the mommy. It's apparent when she's talking, though, that she believes that one day she'll grow big enough to be the real mommy, and by that time, mommy and daddy will have shrunk down to be the babies that need to be taken care of.
Anna and Cara really like fried rice, just like daddy, so I get two boxes now everytime. After I give everyone rice from the first box, and start to get seconds, Anna clearly gets nervous. "Don't take too much from the box, daddy!" But if I ask if she's afraid it will be all gone, she assures me she's not afraid of that. But then she'll need to make sure that there's another box in the bag. But don't worry, she's cool, nothing to worry about.
And finally, the last one I can remember for now… Beth was telling me in code that she thought Anna was sick. But Anna gets upset if you say that, so she spelled it out - "I think Anna is S-I-C-K." But that still upset Anna - she protested, "No, I'm not! I'm A-N-N-A!"