The forecast was calling for 90 degree weather, tons of sun, and a need to go swimming! I sent an e-mail to my FiF's (aka Friends in Faith...aka my good friends from church) suggesting a day at Crooked Creek. Crooked Creek is a state park with a little beach area and a place for swimming. I figured that the kids would have fun and I need some grownup time with the girls! Another bonus is that it is one of the few places that I can take all 7 of my kids for almost nothing. The other thing is that with kids having an age span of 18 months to 12 1/2 years old, it's hard to find something that everyone will enjoy. Swimming is definitely at the top of the list!
My FiF's were in too! We decided to meet at 11:30. We took a picnic lunch, buckets and shovels, and tons of sunscreen! We even had a cabana for shade thanks to Lisa. As usual we were running about 10 minutes behind so we arrived at the beach at about 11:40. When we got there I discovered a wonderful surprise. I pulled up to the little pay thingy where you fill out an envelope and put your money in. I was under the impression that it was $1 per person up to $4 a car. But when I read the sign it was actually $1 person and up to $4 per car BUT children 12 and under are free! Woohoo! A day at the beach for a mere dollar! There are not many things that I can take all 7 of the kiddos to for $1 actually, that might be it! Becky and her three boys, Adam, Kyle and Jarret, were already there, but she had to take her dog home or risk being kicked out of the park. Minor misunderstanding....so as she took Autumn home, I manned the troops and construction of "The Trench" was under way.
The Trench is underway!
The next to arrive was Amy with her three, Lizzy, Hannah and Sam. Hannah and Sam jumped right in on the trench action while the more mature Miss Lizzy hung with Amy and I.
Gia and Lizzy looking very glam!
Lisa arrived shortly there after with Dyllan, Emily and baby James. Lisa does the beach with style. She brought this cool pop up cabana thingy to provide some shade for the baby, but it was huge and we all migrated towards it after a few hours of baking in the sun.
Lisa, Lori and Amy enjoying the shade of the cabana.
Becky came back, dogless. Eventually Lori and her crew, Aislinn, Dom, Maddy, Gracie and Ellie, arrived. They were running a little bit late, but it was probably a good thing for Lori. It was very hot and humid and she is incredibly pregnant and miserable! She was swelling by the minute! Poor thing. She kept apologizing for being crabby, but HELLLOOOO! You're like 20 months prego! We know how you feel!
Kids, kids everywhere!
The kids eventually wandered over to grab a bite to eat or a drink. Sunscreen was applied and reapplied several times, but we still ended up a little toasty at the end of the day. But suncrisped or not, we had a blast. The kids stayed in the water most of the time. Becky actually commented that all that she had seen of Hannah was her head and her arms as she floated around on her fun-noodle.
Hannah and Gracie were just hanging out in the water
There were also a few unexpected visitors...a flock of geese came meandering down the beach! The kids flipped out. They were either terrified or chasing them. poor geese...they never stood a chance!
You can see the kids chasing the poor geese.
There was also some unexpected entertainment. We had a little radio and Noah started dancing to the music and eventually worked his way over to a pole on the cabana....My son the pole dancer. His father and I are so proud! Ha Ha!
We ended up staying until about 4:20. I decided that was too late to try and cook dinner, so it was pizza! We ordered our pizza and then we all got slushies to drink. It was such a fun day! We were all totally exhausted by the end of the day, but it was worth it! Check out some more pictures of our day on my facebook page!