Wednesday, May 25, 2011

School and Summer

Sara Beth had her last day of school of the year. To commemorate the occasion, Heather took another picture of her by the front of the house.

Just for comparison, below is a picture of her in the same location back in last October on her first day of school.

Now, technically, she had school this past Monday too, but we had to pull her out a day early as we were going down to Florida for a family vacation with Heather's family. The drive down was as pleasant as can be expected for a 11 hour car ride with a nearly 3 year old. On the way, she fell asleep about 45 minutes before we arrived at our hotel room, and then would not go back to sleep for 3 hours. But we did arrive at the final destination, a condo we shared with Cliff, Kathy, Jonathan and Allison, in one piece.

Sara Beth loved the beach, though she kept asking to go to the condo's pool. I kept telling her we didn't drive half way across the country to play in the pool, so I forced a daily mandatory beach time before we could play at the pool. Sara Beth did enjoy the sand, though the waves did scare her a bit. She did enjoy it when I dug a "baby ocean" in the sand where the water could seep in, but no waves could reach her. She decorated the walls to "her ocean" with shells we collected along the beach.

In addition to the family sharing the condo, she also got to interact with all of the family we don't see all that often. Here is Sara Beth and Aunt Doodle sitting down to read through the scrap book that I mentioned in my last blog post.

Sara Beth blew bubbles at her Granddaddy. And when the bubble wand fell into the bottom of the bubble container, she insisted in extracting it all by herself. After several minutes of struggle and one mangled olive grabber utensil later, she let her Granddaddy help get it out. A little while later, the wand fell in again and this time I had to get it out. It would have been so much easier if the bubble container was half an inch wider.

Sara Beth also got to see her cousins. She showed off her "baby ocean" to Madison, gently guiding her to see all the sights.

She also kept saying hi to Wesley. A lot of people kept telling her how much they liked Sara Beth's dress, to the point that it is now her favorite dress. She proudly displayed it for the camera and then asked Wesley if he liked her dress.

The long days out in the sun with no nap finally caught up with her on the last day there. She fell asleep before dinner and we couldn't wake her, so we just put her to bed in her dress. She did wake up a couple hours later to eat some yogurt and be carried along the beach before passing out again. Then, for the first time all vacation, on the day we wanted to get up early and leave for home, she slept in till 8. On the 11 hour car ride home, she was, again, really good. Though she did burst into tears when, in the middle of Louisiana, she asked to change into her new favorite dress and didn't like hearing that it was packed and needed to be washed before she could wear it again.

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