Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Diaper Full Of Sand *Updated*

Well we survived the beach day. A couple of applications of 70 SPF to the three fairest members of our family kept the sun at bay for our 4 hour beach event. The darker two members survived with just one 70 SPF application.

It was really fun to meet several people who's blogs I've been following for a long time. It's like meeting celebrities, when you know the names and faces of people you've never met before. My only regret is that I didn't get to hang out and chat more with them. I'm understanding a little more why some people had their nannies come along. It's hard to have much conversation when you're trying to keep an eye on your three kids. Especially when they keep bugging you for things like "water" and "food" and all those other unreasonable requests that make it so inconvenient to chat with friends. I'm kind of wishing we had been able to attend Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday morning activities of the Blog Union. Though we were "local", we were just far enough away where it would've been hard to attend all of those events.

The kids had a blast at the beach, despite our best efforts to brainwash them to hate the beach like we do. Perhaps I'll like the beach a little more once they are old enough to clean the sand out of their own orifices. I'm still finding sand days later.

Marshall preferred to hang with the kids instead of being photographer guy, so he only got a handful of pictures. No complaints here... the ones he did get are great, and the kids enjoyed the extra time with him.

It just warms my heart how often Seamus and Marlie are holding hands when we are out. It reminds me of the 2 year old Seamus who was VERY upset at the addition of his baby sister, which booted him out of the baby role. He had a very difficult adjustment, but now look at them! At just 17 months apart in age, they are my virtual twins and enjoy each other so much. Seamus tells Marlie several times a day that he loves her very much. And then of course he gets offended if she doesn't return the sentiment immediately.

Haven chose to play in the water, despite the fact that it was Shark Week. And being the ever supportive mother that I was, I couldn't resist pointing out that hungry sharks were probably swimming all around him in the water. Yeah, I know. I've already started their therapy fund, that they will most likely need when they are older.

*Update* I have since gotten my grubby hands on a few pictures that other people have taken of the Blog Union. My good friend Heather emailed me some pictures she took of our family. You can see her in the pictures with Marlie... helping a tired and cranky toddler turn a frown upside down... and I, uh, borrowed a few pictures from the fabulous slideshow the Blog Union hosts (Thanks Drew and Carey!) have on their blog. If you want to view the entire slideshow, click here.


  1. What great photos!

    Julie, I LOVED finally getting to meet you and your fabulous family, and I'm so so bummed that we barely had any time to chat.

    I thought you were going to the dinner, and planning on ambushing you there for some quality time. DOH! That didn't work out too well.

    I do hope we can have more time to talk some day - and it was great meeting you, even if too short.

  2. Oh, great pictures Julie!! How cool is that? I wish you had more time with everyone too - poop!

  3. I'm SO JEALOUS! WWAAAAAHHHH! I wanted to go so badly. :( I'm glad ya'll had fun! Looks fabulous.


  4. I am SO jealous that we did not get to join you guys for the Blog Union... (PS: I love the look of your blog).

  5. Wow it has been a long time since I checked in. Marlie's hair is so long! Apparently, extraordinary, georgous long hair runs in your family! I am so jealous of you west coasters and the blog union. Looks like a blast.

    Love the new blog look.

  6. I am SOOOOOOO with you on the anti-beach sentiments. I actually enjoy going with just my husband, but children are sand magnets!! It's never enough to shower them off at the beach, have them change back to street clothes, and even take a final "water bottle" foot wash on their way into the car. There is still SOOOOOOO much sand in my car and house, that I swear that they all buried each other in the sand and then jumped staight into the living room. What the heck!?!?!?!

    PS The pics are great! It looks like you all had a wonderful time. 8^)