A note: Thanks to Abby for the new nickname for Baby Hop!!
Hopscotch and I went down to Southport, NC to visit my parents this past week. Southport is a gorgeous town situated right on the Intracoastal waterway and very close to some lovely beaches. We left Hops at home for a relaxing weekend alone (something he has been looking forward to for some time!)
We left Wednesday morning, all dolled up in 4th of July gear because you have to wear it before the holiday and on the holiday; it's against the rules to wear it after (according to Hops).
We spent Wednesday puttering around the house and playing in the backyard. Since we didn't get there until noon, we had meals and an afternoon nap to work around. Hopscotch wasn't in any mood to get back into the carseat in the afternoon. I made a fatal mistake when I left home on Wednesday. I left both her noise machine AND music box at home. Her naps and overnight sleep were NOT GOOD the entire time we were there. Ugh. I did get a few peaceful hours on Wednesday night after she finally fell asleep and my parents went out to dinner with some friends. I enjoyed this in their backyard while some cookies baked in the oven:
I want to be retired, too!!!
I pulled the book off of Mom's bookshelf - Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard. It was a really good, easy read. I would definitely suggest it if you're looking for a summer book to read! I was able to start and finish it before we left Saturday morning.
Thursday, we left the house around 8 and headed downtown for the 4th of July parade and festival. We checked out the craft and food vendors and then spent an hour on the swings near the intracoastal waterway. It was a great way to let H blow off some steam and run around in a safe place. There was even a little brick wall that was just her height she enjoyed playing around.
About 10 minutes before the parade was to start, we began walking back up Howe street to find a shady spot to stand for the parade. It was hot and muggy out and my pale baby doesn't do so great in the blazing sun. We found a great spot in front of a couple of businesses that wasn't crowded and where we had perfect view of the parade.
This is fun - anytime she sees a cup with a straw in it, no matter how big, she wants to drink out of it. I poured my lemonade from this cup into a bottle of water and poured the water into the big cup for her.
The Fourth of July ended with a long nap and a relaxing afternoon at the house. H went to bed at the same time as always (6:30) and my parents and I watched fireworks on TV with big glasses of wine next to us.
Friday was our busiest day of the weekend. We spent the morning at the beach! This was H's first trip to the Atlantic ocean and .... she didn't hate it! We played in the water, the sand and had a snack in a beach tent we found in my parents' attic. It really came in handy when we had an unexpected rain shower mid morning.
After a late afternoon nap, we went to the marina for H's first ever taste of ice cream!
We think she liked it.
We spent the rest of that day at the big pool. My phone malfunctioned and none of the photos I took saved though, which made me really sad. The pool has a ramp to get in and is very shallow at that end. It was the perfect place for little kids to play. They also have 6 water jets that shoot up at the top of it that Hopscotch enjoyed playing in and with. It was so much fun to watch her get into the water, get used to it and then warm up to the idea of playing in the pool. She had a lot of attention from some bigger kids and didn't seem to mind getting splashed or patted on the head by them.
All in all, we had a wonderful holiday. It was exhausting being a single parent for 4 days. I was happy to get home and get some help with bedtime and naps. My parents are wonderful and so helpful, but there's something to be said about having the other parent around to help out with basic things. When Hops is around, I know I don't have to explain or look over anyone's shoulder. I may be a bit hovercraft-y when it comes to other people watching my child but when Hops is around, I don't have to think. I like that. :)
We were happy to be home and enjoyed spending some time relaxing with Dad on Sunday morning.
Long weekends are the best!! How was yours?