Thursday, August 14, 2014

JULY 26, 2014- CAPE MAY, NJ

On one of the rare Saturdays that Todd has off, we made a last minute decision to go to Cape May for the day.  We should have dragged the kids out of bed at 6am and gotten on the road by 7, but we maintained a leisurely pace and didn't get going until maybe 10am.  As a result, we ran into traffic.  Then, we were on the main beach for about 45 minutes before it really started raining.  Never ones to just give up, we took the kids to the arcade, then out for lunch.  It stopped raining and Ani fell asleep in the car as we drove down to Cape May Point- a rocky beach that never seems to be very crowded and has a nice mini-golf course.  As she napped in the car, the clouds started to clear and the sun came out.  Cape May Point has almost no waves, so Norrin was happy to go in (he has a love/hate relationship with waves these days) and Ani Rose was in heaven playing in the water with her two favorite guys.  We went into town to walk around and have dinner.  We didn't leave until 9:30pm and, despite the rough start, it was a truly perfect day.  There's about 500 pictures showing what a lovely time we had, but I was able to narrow it down a bit. 

As soon as the sun came out, I was a little OCD with the sunblock. 

Necessary goofy golf pose.

Looking for fish in the water.

We must have spent 30 minutes at this one hole.  You purposely put your ball down a waterfall.  The kids loved it.

Ani Rose is firmly planted in her "I'll do it myself" phase.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Since Juniper and Xyla are born in the same month and only two weeks apart, Maren and Khyber decided to throw them a joint birthday party.  Juniper turned 3 and Xyla turned 1.  They had it at a small park near Khyber's parents' house.  I've met Maren at this park many times.  Its just the right size, in the middle of a neighborhood with little to no traffic.  Maren and Khyber brought tons of food, there was a vanilla cake and a chocolate cake, there was face painting, temporary tattoos, sports equipment, bubbles.  It was just a beautiful day to be outside with friends. 

Bubbles for the birthday girl.

Nature boy Norrin.

Ani Rose loves their dog, Yasha.

The other birthday girl, the lovely Xyla.

I love Ani's face in this one. "Just give me a freaking balloon, Norrin".

I was in charge of tattoo application...but Ani didn't want to share my attention. 

My little acrobat.