Monday, July 26, 2010

Our 5-hour Vacation

We recently surprised the kids with an impromptu visit to Silver Beach.

We lined 'em up on the couch post-breakfast and broke the news.

Each expression perfectly summarizes the individual wearing it. Calvin played it cool and may have even been a little nervous. Ruby was so excited and overboard that she probably didn't hear where we were going, and Silas saw an ideal opportunity to shriek without consequence.

We packed our lunch, so this trip didn't cost us a dime.*

At midnight, the night before, I realized that I really needed to make some salsa for the trip. Ladling it into the margarine tub the next morning, it hit me: I think I may have a problem.

Our day consisted of digging...

Running...

Scooping...

Baywatch practicing...

Then - a salsa break.

I think the raspberry is the very picture of Summer, don't you?

We spent a little time at the Super Size splash pad - the perfect antidote to a fresh sand coating.

Home boy did much better than I had expected, although he did endure a moment of sheer panic when he was caught up in a torrential splash pad downpour. He emerged bearing a strong resemblance to a drowned rat. Cutest rat I'd ever seen.

As we were walking down to claim our parcel of sand, I said to Cory, "This is something Silas would have never experienced in Korea." He's been with us for four months and I alternately marvel at how quickly the pages have flown off the calendar and realize that four months is really nothing to a toddler who lived a whole life before us.

After just 3 hours, we packed it up. We're wimpy like that and we don't care who knows it.

Heading home, we hit the McDonald's drive-thru for a Diet Coke for CMB, where the drive-thru lady was the frosting on my day. She was genuine and funny and joy-filled. She called Cory "Sweetheart". I don't think I would be all of those things if I was passing paper cups through a little window with an awkward bow-tie around my neck. So, it's settled - that's who I want to be when I grow up - the Mickey D's drive-thru window lady with the smile as big as Lake Michigan.



*Parking is typically $8, but they don't take debit cards and couldn't break our fifty, so we parked for free!

65 comments:

  1. Your kids are just adorable. I just started blogging when your baby arrived. It seems like you have had him forever. He blends so well in your family. Looks like you had a great time....pictures are so cute.

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  2. Oh wow, so much fun had by all! I love the raspberry fingers and how wonderful that you can give all of this to your 3 angels!

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  3. It looks like you had a really great day!!
    We've just moved down around Indy from South Bend and we're totally missing the impromptu, "Let's go to the beach....now!", moments. It's totally killing me that I can't remember the name of the little drive thru joint with the car on top. They have killer chili fries!
    God Bless ya!
    Heather

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  4. Shrieking without consequence! Love it!

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  5. I grew up about 15 minutes from Lake Michigan so I totally miss the impromptu trips to the beach and the dunes, but it looks like you all had a great time and got great photos to prove it. :-)

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  6. Practicing for Baywatch! Love it. And the shrieking without consequence. Silas is bigger isn't he. Your littles are so adorable and I'm sure the drive thru lady thought y'all were!

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  7. Oh I just love it, a day sitting in the sand AND getting wet, AND raspberries AND salsa. How lovely and perfect for you!
    XO
    Heidi - Heart and Home

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  8. Geez Louize your kids are cuu-uuute!

    Tell me, what kind of consequence would Silas normally get for shrieking?

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  9. A great day, I love that you can drive to the beach!

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  10. What a great day! I love day trips, it's a whole lot easier on everyone!

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  11. It looks like a blast. I also enjoy other people who are genuinely just happy. They are my heroes. The shooting water reminds me of Epcot when we were little. What memories!

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  12. What a riot!! Love the baywatch practicing picture - ROTFL!!! - and the free parking!! hahaha!!

    Kiddos = darling. Always.darling. :)

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  13. What a perfect day. The kids looked like they had a blast and just sooooo adorable. And the Mickey D lady and free parking...icing on the cake.

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  14. I always read (and enjoy) your posts but rarely comment. This one is particularly sweet! (and your photos are awesome too.)

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  15. Your family is adorable and I'm glad to have found your blog! Thanks for sharing a wonderful trip to the beach.

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  16. Love the picture of the kiddos on the couch, is the snake a dearly loved animal of Silas'?

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  17. Great pics! Sounds like a great mini vacation! My hubby is addicted to salsa too. He would probably drink it if I would let him! Ha!

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  18. Great pictures of the kiddos' reactions! :)
    And I love hearing about Silas and think it is just AMAZING that this little one is now on the other side of the globe and part of the family God intended for him. Adoption knocks my socks off.

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  19. Nothing better than salsa in a margarine tub. What a fun day you had! The kiddos are cuter than ever.

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  20. Looks like a great day. Your kids are adorable!!

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  21. lucky break about the free parking. I said the same thing about the workers at Disneyland. they seemed so happy and were so helpful. I told neal to quit his engineering job and we'll just sell corn dogs at Disneyland and make people happy.

    and your pour baby with the barbie hands and baywatch run. wait... I mean lucky girl!

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  22. your kids are so stinkin cute! sounds like a dreamy day!

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  23. I love every moment of your life... you make me grin every time I read your words.

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  24. everything is yummy when you talk about it. I think you are completely sane for making salsa at midnight....IF you slept in until 8 the next morning...otherwise you're insane.

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  25. love your happiness! we once got into the zoo for free because the computer was acting up. those are moments that are little but, that emind me to pay it forward whenever i can.

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  26. Love the surprise pic! When our kids were little, we surprised them with a trip to the Drive-In. They couldn't believe we were going to a movie... in the car! And the home popped popcorn in a brown paper bag! Of course my son was only 4 and didn't even make it to the start of the movie (it doesn't get dark until 10:00 around here). Good memories when they are small and so filled with excitement and anticpation for just about any adventure!

    PS - Diet Coke??? It could only be made worse by being caffiene free too!

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  27. Awww...your days sounds so nice! Score on the free parking! And your salsa looks so yummy. Have you posted your recipe?

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  28. Silver Beach is my very favorite beach. I didn't know they had a splash pad. I guess I haven't been in awhile. I was just thinking, today actually, I need to take my kids to St. Joe. Great town. It looks like your kids really enjoyed themselves. Cute photos!

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  29. Yay for fun-filled FREE days...they're the best!

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  30. Love this post! :) makes me smile.
    Sorry I never got back to you, but YES, I do know of Brook Hills in B-ham!! We actually visited there quite a few times before making Church of the Highlands our church home. :)

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  31. Would you mind telling me where you went? We live in a far-west 'burb of Chicago and have been known to drive all the way to the Warren Dunes in MI to hit a good beach. Perhaps yours is a bit closer... :)
    chinamama4 @ gmail.com
    BTW, it appears you were in Korea the exact same time we were in China adopting our David (3/4-19). David is 2 1/2 and experiencing so many things for the first time that our girls, adopted @ 12 mos and under, were already very familiar with by his age. I'll never forget the day he stood in front of a store and just delighted in the automatic doors opening, closing, opening, closing, with no one to help them do it! :)

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  32. I absoutely LOVE your blog. That first photo is to.die.for. So precious. You're truly blessed =)

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  33. Sounds like so much fun! Hubby and I are hoping to get away for a day at the beach sometime soon, and this makes me want to hit the road even more! So glad you could enjoy a fun day with your family.

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  34. What a fun suprise for the kiddos.

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  35. That's brilliant, my friend, brilliant. Your photos of your kids could be famous!! And who cares if you pack it up after 3 hours? 3 hours in the sun sometimes feels like 3 days!!!

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  36. That first picture is priceless! How fun.

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  37. What a wonderful day and it looks like all your kiddos had such a great time! I think it's great you put your salsa in a butter tub! We do that with mason jars for long road trips!!

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  38. How fun!! The pictures are 100% adorable... I love them!! Have you posted your salsa recipe before?? :)

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  39. Sounds like a perfect day. That picture of them on the couch cheering just made me smile from ear to ear!! You know a trip to Minnesota wouldn't cost that much either:) Free room and board, free walks...a neighborhood pool. I'm just sayin'! Oh and I love that you mentioned the McD lady. There are some people that just live life to the fullest and I know I want to be one of them too:)

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  40. free parking, yes love it when stuff like that happens!!
    the cutest kids ever :) besides mine of course.

    p.s. I thought of you last night as I broke open my red grapes from costco. 4 pounds and at 5.99 for the whole thing it was only $1.49 a pound, not quite your steal but much better than $14!

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  41. Growing up, our refrigerator was always full of butter tubs and cottage cheese tubs. They held wonderful leftovers, from the wonderful suppers my mom cooked the night before.

    Oh my gosh your kids are soooo cute!
    XO

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  42. My MIL has a fridge filled with Cool Whip, Country Crock tubs. You never know if you are really going to get Cool Whip or a surprise.

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  43. Oh how I wish we had a beach somewhere within three hours of us. A proper beach. Not a mud filled lake beach. What a wonderful day spent with your kiddos. I love it when I meet happy people. They make me happy right back.
    Dana

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  44. okay, can I just say, LOVE YOU! The photo and description of your 3 kiddos made me really laugh out loud! Enjoy the enthusiasm because it does wane a bit as they become teens. And I wanna be YOU when I grow up!!

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  45. I love the top photo of our adorable kids! Such enthusiasm! Reading your blog always makes me happy -- Thank you for sharing!

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  46. sounds like five hours of fun to me
    xo

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  47. love those day vacations to the beach-the best! Looks like everyone had a great time. Love the photos and your commentary.

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  48. I think this is my first time on your blog and such a gorgeous one, I don;t know how I missed it. Your children are so gorgeously sweet and beautiful and their smiles are just heart warming.

    I look forward to following your little family throught your blog.

    Chania

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  49. how fun!!! The picture of you both telling them is priceless!!! I absolutely love it and oh what a fun, fun day...I love those days and the fact that it didn't cost a dime is just even more perfect!!!
    Your kiddos are just beautiful in all their pictures!

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  50. what a great day at the beach -- especially with the diet coke ending :)

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  51. Hey Sweets!
    Love that picture of your babies holding hands in their swimming attire. Dang cute!
    With ya on the wimps!
    Hugs, The Lady of the House

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  52. This is my first time commenting on one of your posts, although I read your blog DAILY. This post brought a smile to my lips and my heart. Thank you. Thank you for sharing your life with complete strangers.

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  53. what a fun FIRST time for homeboy!

    and your mickey'd lady sounds much nicer than any of them here in atlanta!!

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  54. Umm, could those kids be any cuter? What a great day. Thanks for sharing.
    ~Holly

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  55. WEll this post just made me happy in places I didn't even know I had.

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  56. That expression on your daughter...pure joy!
    It's been a long time since my "twenty-somethings" have raised their arms in the air like that!
    I miss that, so I will continue to visit your blog for a dose of joy!!

    M.E.

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  57. Again, another place I am hankering for, you lucky ducky. Haven't been all summer, and yes, thinking about just going solo! What fun!

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  58. The baywatch pic is my fav. I was raised on that show and your kids are awesome.

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  59. can fresh salsa be made without cilantro? i guess there's room for a tiny pinch of it in my life somewhere...but .69 worth of cilantro?! (hee hee...just kidding! and catching up on your blog).

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  60. this is how summer should be - a raspberry on each of one fingers - love the pic!

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  61. One last quick comment for today's visit. Your children are enchantingly beautiful.

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