The fact that it is finally May makes me so very excited. In four weeks school will be out and I'll have my kiddos back. We have a family vacation planned for June and I look forward to lazy mornings a lot like the ones we had this past weekend. Chatty breakfasts, walks on the beach, helpers in the kitchen, movies, made-up games, drawing, swimming...ahh, can you feel that summer sunshine yet?
Olivia threw her first real sleepover. Two girls from her class came over Saturday evening, and let me tell you fourth grade may just be the most awkward growth phase for kids. Just watching their gangly arms and legs, and those permanant teeth that are still a bit too big for their little faces...oh man, it's almost too cute to see. They fished and painted nails, watched movies, made pizzas (Olivia's is the olive-attack pizza, Zoe's the three-pepperoni special) and stayed up late...but not as late as they said they would. We got up Sunday morning and I made waffles. As much fun as they had I was definintely ready to see them all off around noon.
After a bit of an afternoon nap we took a walk down at the beach. For some reason Zoe always resists the beach walk. Honestly, I think it's just so she has something to complain about, because she eventually gives in. She found a little ladybug down by the water who then kept her company for the entirety of the walk. We decided his name was Little Tommy Ladybuggerson, and at the end of our walk he opened his wings and flew off. Olivia made herself dizzy doing cartwheels, and as usual I got left in the dust while taking photos. Some very large lady in a bikini was doing a hula dance. A father and sun were practicing with the ball and bat with some kind of heavy rubber ball that rolled to my feet, which I tossed back. Two little boys were playing in the water in their underoos. Teens stood in circles around their cars laughing and yelling. Two girls practiced their wakeboarding. A busy day at the beach...the best kind of people watching.