Our backyard garden is kicking out tomatoes at an almost comical pace these days. So I am eating tomatoes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One of my children is eating tomato salads for multiple meals daily. The other three kids have tried tomatoes, but are not eating them in the lusty fashion that various personal essays claim children will adopt when they have grown vegetables* themselves. Unfortunately, life seldom follows a good narrative arc.
We spent a lot of time watching the Olympics this weekend. Various children are signed up for swimming and gymnastics in the fall, so they are enjoying watching these sports done well. The Olympics are also proving to be a great source of entertainment when I am up with the toddler early in the morning, and I am tired of reading My Truck Is Stuck, and The Big Red Barn.
That said, I was not up too early this weekend. It was my husband’s turn to take the little one, so on Friday and Saturday nights I slept from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. It was awesome.
We went for a family hike at the John James Audubon Center on Saturday. We only went for about an hour but all four kids walked much of the way under their own power. Even the little guy! There was a lot of whining, but we made it.
I took my daughter in the pool on Saturday afternoon during nap, and it was actually kind of relaxing. She has learned to swim well enough that I can watch her without holding on to her the entire time. She kept jumping in and then turning around to swim to the wall. I like this self-sufficiency.
On Sunday we went to our favorite beach on the Jersey shore. Ocean Grove’s beaches are closed until 12:30 p.m. on Sundays (the town is actually a Methodist association), so we thought it might not be so crowded when we got there shortly after 12:30. But it was pretty crowded (see photo). I guess that is just the beach on an August weekend. We were on the beach for about 3 hours, and some child was complaining the entire time, though the complaints came in a bit of a rotation of which kid wanted to leave at any given point. So it goes with family semi-fun. You have to take the good moments where you can. We did stop at our favorite ice cream parlor, and I had a sundae involving peanut butter moose tracks, hot fudge, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. Yum.
*Yes, I know tomatoes are actually a fruit.