This summer has been a weird one for me & Deb... kinda stressful, very poor (okay, nothing weird about that, we're always poor in the summer) and in a break from tradition, we're not taking a vacation this summer. There are many reasons for this which I can't really get into right now, but let's just say Big Things are coming and we can't really get away.
Enter Beth to the rescue: she has planned and organized two trips to the beach at Strathmere, NJ with a great group of friends to help us get out of the city. Thanks Beth!
We returned from trip #2 last night, sandy and sunburned and bone-tired from frolicking in the ocean. It was blissful. It may not be a full-fledged vacation, but getting away for even a day was just the change of pace we needed.
And none of this would have been possible without the help of Tara, Scotty, Mel and AJ, who took turns taking care of Hyde so his mommies could slip away for the day. Thanks guys!
Amanda and I, right after our first dip in the ocean:
Deb and Chris just, you know, chillin':
Chris and Jihad, hard at work on one of the many sand castles constructed:
The boys and Deb even tossed a football around:
Deb and Arizona give the thumbs up to beach bellies:
Arizona and Kali played some futbol:
Hold on, it's the ocean calling. I said HOLD ON!
We win! Thumbs up! (l-r: Deb, Beth, Kali, Chris)
Chris, hard at work on his second sand castle:
What is a trip to the beach without the traditional beer shotgun?
Group shot! (l-r: girl who's name I don't know, Anna, Jihad, Marc, Deb, Kali, Beth, me, Rafiq)
As we left the beach, Chris drove us to a little ice cream shop that made their own ice cream (so different from the popular pre-made place) and we jammed the whole way back to Philly, our hair filled with sand, our bodies sunburned and our hearts very, very happy.