Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fun HOT Day in the Park

We went and check out one of the other parks in town that we hadn't visited yet. There is a basketball court and an old log cabin. 

We played basketball for a bit then had a lightsaber duel while waiting for our friends to come. Eliana here looking so big and very pretty. 

Eliana on one of the many tree stumps in the park.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Avalon 2012

Eliana refuses to touch the sand. LOL.

Avalon 2009

Evan now a year old having fun on the beach with his Dad.

Evan's Radio Flyer was perfect for the beach.

Daddy and Evan at Camp Lambert on the beach.

Evan and Daddy

Ice crystal rainbow over Avalon. Strange but I saw one of these in the sky today. (Uncle Frank's truck turning into the picture.)

Brand and Johnny. Cowboy Golf Champions.

Evan and Poppop walking on the beach.

Look at that FACE!

Lifting up Evan was not easy.

Our family in 2009 including Evan, a terrified Lucy, and Elvis. (And Eliana?)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Avalon 2008

Each day this week I'll be posting photos from past visits to the shore house in Avalon.

One of my favorite places to visit, was the Lambert's shore house in Avalon, NJ. This was 2008 and we were so proud of our brand new Orbit stroller and especially proud of our baby boy. Evan was just a little over a month old. Elvis and Lucy came with us, and Frankie was the same age as Evan is now.

Loved taking Evan for walks and Elvis and Lucy always joined us.

Mommy and Evan.

Uncle Ted and Evan.

Ava and Frankie with Evan.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Back to Work

Don't like being away. LOVE being back to work. This is the Montauk Lighthouse in Montauk State Park all the way at the tippy tip of Long Island. Scouting here for a Volvo car ad. This is the easternmost spot in New York State. I wish I could have brought the kids here today. (Besides the 6 and a half hour drive that is...) It wasn't as hot here (for mid-July,) and I think Evan and Eliana would have loved to hike up on those rocks that wrap around the lighthouse. Gigantic granite boulders were placed there to prevent beach erosion so that the lighthouse wouldn't fall into the sea. The rocks were placed very carefully and amazingly flat so that you can walk on them quite easily and it wraps around the lighthouse to the other side to reveal these really neat cliffs.

Here's a fisherman with the cliffs in the background. Really amazing out here. The water off of Montauk Point was pretty rough and rumor has it that it's a Great White Shark breeding ground. No wonder no one was swimming. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

4:00 AM

Just a few hours earlier it was a Mexican standoff. It was quickly approaching 1am and the kids were still awake. Already got the text from their mother; "Are they still awake?" She's probably hoping that they have been fast asleep for hours, but meanwhile they're still up giggling and watching funny YouTube videos (See the last post) because something Eliana saw earlier in the day was haunting her and she couldn't get it out of her mind and couldn't sleep. Anyway. Back to bedtime. Evan's elbow was touching Eliana's Hello Kitty pillow, (a jailable offense to Eliana ,) and a turf war over bed space became quite testy. "Eliana, stop kicking me." "Evan, you're crushing me!" It was very dramatic and borderline stressful. My attempts to intervene and get them to stop fighting over bed space just seemed futile. Meanwhile, I'm clinging to the edge of the bed like a billy goat on a cliff, just waiting for a slight nudge to topple me onto the floor. It got to the point where once they were finally asleep, I had to move to the couch in my living room just to get some sort of peaceful, non-territorial sleep. I woke up around 4am and quietly pushed open the door to find this:
Some how Evan got turned upside down. Territorial boundaries erased. Blankets discarded. Elbows and knees everywhere. Yet there they are fast asleep. Somehow they make it work. If my own kids can make things work, anyone can.