"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Monday, June 18, 2007

Father's Day @ the Beach

Rich wanted to finish the chicken coop but we out voted him with the beach. That's the way Father's Day works around here! A half hour after arriving, a fast storm blew in and we found ourselves sharing the beach with thunder and lightening, not to mention the rain... Being the die-hard ocean fans we are, we waited it out in the car, while Rich waited under some shelter and less than 10 minutes later, we enjoyed a completely deserted beach all to ourselves! It couldn't have worked out any better. Well, except for the 3 wet and sandy kids and one mommy who had no choice but to hop in the car as is (was).

1 comment:

Sarah, Chris, Elijah & Sadie said...

Jess- get out of my closet! I think we have the same bathing suit too... ;)

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