Manatee Manor, Day 2: It’s All Coming Back to Me Now

Date: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Song of the Day: It’s All Coming Back to Me Now

(We *might* have forgotten to take some of the champagne out of the freezer)

How soon we were reminded what a debacle getting 5 kids to the beach plus all of the STUFF we apparently need for a couple of hours in the sand. We are not the quickest moving group in the AM (“Diva! WAKE UP!”) Just kidding– she isn’t the only one…

Olaf: “I’m hungry!” (10 minutes after eating 3 pancakes and a bowl of cereal)
Fudd: “Mom where are my flip flops?”
MK: “Does anyone have sunscreen?”
Bill: “Diva- go to the bathroom already!”
Miss Priss: “Where’s my towel?”
Bam Bam: “I want a marshmallow!”

Things we take:

  • 3 chairs
  • bag of sunscreen
  • Each kid has a backpack with whatever toys
  • Boogie boards for each kid
  • 2 umbrella
  • 2 cooler bags (beer, gatorade, water)
  • Watermelon cut up
  • snacks
  • towels
  • phones in ziplocks
  • garage door opener
  • 4 shovels, buckets, rake
  • 5 kids

So we lug all this down. No children were run over (BONUS!) No cart to attempt to drag through the sand this year (SWEET!) We get settled– umbrellas up with minimal hassle! We are there *MAYBE* an hour… (insert sudden wind, black clouds, and rain)

“Maybe it will blow over…”

Nope. No chance. We pack up (quicker than any of us would have believed) and start herding children back to the house. We make it about 1/2 way before the heavens open up and attempt to drown us all. Bill and I get the bigger kids back and in the garage (only time we could find the opener with any real success). I head back and grab Bam Bam from MK.

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(sigh)

IMG_6460Low-key rest of the day… Golden Girls, Family Feud– including this gem:

Potato

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