Mary was awake first thing to watch the sun rise over the water.
|Mary watching the sunrise|
Chris took four children swimming in the indoor pool while I went for a two-and-a-quarter mile neighborhood walk with the baby.
|View from our balcony|
|View from our balony|
Given that we still have one big competition coming up in May, we brought along our electric keyboard to continue practicing. So, we got through piano practice, lunch, naps for littles and CCE memory work for bigs (for testing day on Friday) before we went down to the beach.
No other adult was available at the time, so I took all five children down to the beach by myself. Myself! I am phobic of pool water--and lake water is worse, but ocean water is the worst. Not only does it have live creatures in it, some of which cause death, but it has an undertow and waves, which also can cause death. It's basically a giant Maw of Death . . . although soothing to watch and hear. So, it's a Maw of Death that hypnotizes a person into complacency.
Still, I got the kids down there, kept them alive, and even kept my fear somewhat to myself.
|Brow furrowed with anxiety|
Once Thomas got his toes in the surf, he was skeptical and nervous and hung out on my hip for quite a while.
Mary was fearless, wading in up to her chest, and having the kids wear day clothes did not keep them out of the water as hoped.
That night, some of the bad weather spinning off from hurricanes in Texas reached us, just enough to produce a spectacular lightening storm over the ocean. The next day would dawn beautifully.