We spent almost the entire day Saturday packing for our week at the beach house in Avalon, NJ. It was another hot one on Saturday. It was over 100 degrees again while I was cleaning out the car. I must have
soaked 3 or 4 t-shirts right through. Once we got everything packed tightly into the car, we were ready for the 100 plus mile trip to Avalon.
Sunday was our first full day at the beach. We set up our little tent, and Evan was off and running. Dodging waves, building sand castles, Evan would stay on the beach until sunset if you let him.
Eliana on the other hand, well that's a different story. Eliana's not a big fan of the beach. She doesn't like to put her feet in the sand. In fact, she doesn't even like ANY sand touching her feet. When Mommy tries to put her down on the sand, Eliana lifts her feet up, and performs Cirque du Soliel type moves to avoid touching the sand. It's a sight to behold, it truly is. I don't know how she does it.
Then the skies took a turn for the worse.
So we had to leave the beach, the lightening was getting pretty bad, and pretty close.
The storm seemed to have come out of nowhere. We made it back to the house without getting wet, but not by much. The storm lasted for several hours and unleashed some of the heaviest rain and worst lightening I've ever seen in New Jersey. It's a good thing we got rain, because the sand these people were walking across was at least 130 degrees, you couldn't even think of walking across it barefoot.
We had a huge heat wave come through the east coast this week. Temperatures hit 104 degrees in Philadelphia, 103 in New York City, and 108 in Newark, NJ! It wasn't the dry kind of heat either. It was the oppressive, humid, brutal type of heat. Dare I say looking forward to the fall?
Temperatures are supposed to hit 100 today and 102 tomorrow. We're supposed to get hit with a record heat wave that will be here for the next few days. The kids have been staying inside mostly, but they also love to get out and enjoy their pool. Luckily, the trees provide enough shade to keep the direct sun off of them, but the mosquitos are relentless in the backyard!
Unbelievable. I walk away for not even 5 minutes to get a hot dog for Eliana, I come back to our seats and Evan has a baseball! I couldn't believe it. I was so happy for him, but at the same time had the typical dad fantasy of heroically catching a foul ball bare handed as it comes at us like a heat seeking missile, and casually handing to my son. Well, it didn't happen that way, but Evan got a free souvenier from the game! As Genevieve tells it, as soon as I left to get a hot dog, a foul ball came right towards their seats, and just missed Evan by two seats. Genevieve tried to cover Eliana. The ball bounced underneath the seats, and some really great person, seeing the ball land near Evan, picked it up and handed it to him. What a great moment.
We took a ride out to Lancaster, PA today to watch the Lancaster Barnstormers play the Bridgeport (CT) Bluefish. They are part of the Atlantic League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. We mainly went there to see Muno and Brobee from Yo Gabba Gabba who were making an appearance at the game. Evan and Eliana got to see them, and we took some great snapshots. There was also a playground for the kids, complete with a pirate ship and carousel.
Eliana enjoying her first ever baseball game.
Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, PA
Eliana mostly enjoyed going all the way to the top of the stairs, then back down, then back up again. Note her new purple sneakers.
Evan thought it was hilarious to punch me in the jaw while Mommy tried to take pictures.
Eliana hoping for some late inning heroics from the home team...it wasn't to be, the Barnstormers lost this one 8-4.
What else is there to do in the middle of July when it's 95 degrees out and your in an air conditioned house? The kids' new thing is climbing up on top of the back of the couch. (Climbing on ALL of the furniture for that matter.) Ms. Eliana has even been caught standing on the back of the couching, earning her the nickname "Daredevil" from Daddy. They don't like to listen when Daddy tells them to "Get Down!" Why would they when they can do something as cool as watching TV from the back of the couch?
Evan and Eliana brushing their teeth tonight just before bedtime. Sometimes I think it's more about playing in the water and tasting bubble gum flavored toothpaste than good oral hygiene. Whatever works I guess.