Monday, October 10, 2011

The Beach in October

I'm hoping we don't have a repeat of this post for November. I don't think I could have stood the water if it had been much colder. On Saturday we drove down to meet Bro. Matt and Sis. Kerry Johnson and their family and Bro. Tim and Sis. Charlotte Montgomery and their family at Anna Maria Island. There is a front moving through, and most of Florida has gotten nearly 24 hours of rain from Saturday to Sunday, but it wasn't raining at the beach. The wind was pretty high and it was pretty cool, but it wasn't too bad. We had the beach almost completely too ourselves.
Britt spent every available moment, shadowing Brady. Poor Brady, not sure how he felt about his little leech, as Uncle Benji would call him, but Brady was a great sport. Britt looks for him as soon as Church is out, and sometimes tries to convince me at the beginning of Church that he needs to go sit by Brady. In a few more years we'll see.
Ruth of course loved it, she always loves crawling in and out of the water, and for me to carry her around. She ate tons of sand apparently while on shore with Audrey, the Montgomery's 20 month old little girl (about). Britt thought she was something too, and made sure to show her the art of carrying fistfuls of wet sand to then throw in the ocean.
The older boys got into throwing the football, while some of the younger kids played with the boogie boards. Britt alternated between tailing Brady and wandering around looking for moose and starfish. We were able to see several dolphins fairly close. A school of fish kept swimming and jumping around us, and they were circling them to catch some dinner. I even got to have a nice long visit with Bro. Matt as we supervised the kids.
After the wind started really getting up, and it threatened rain, we all cleaned up, changed, and headed over to the Sandbar to eat some supper. All the adults and high chairs were at one table, and Bro. Matt sat with all the kids. At one point the waitress looked at him and asked if he was a parent, almost like she wasn't sure, we all got a laugh out of that. We had a wonderful time visiting, it's been a long time since I've seen Sis. Charlotte and the family, and we just had a ball visiting together. We worried a little that we wore the preacher out too much. After all it was 10 till 10 when we got home, and they had further to drive, but Bro. Tim had a wonderful sermon yesterday morning, so it must not have bothered him too badly. We look forward to hopefully doing it again sometime.

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