When the boys got here they had to figure out shore life. It is a different life than "real" life. Anyone who reads this blog knows that the rules at the shore a a bit different than those at home and I'm not just talking trash sorting. There is more freedom here, the leash is a little longer. It is a place for kids to be kids and run around with sticks and play Star Wars, pretend, swim all day, stay up past their bedtimes and get dirtier than they ever get in "real" life. In my mind, it has been a place for kids to learn some important life skills and lessons. Yes, playing Star Wars with sticks instead of video games and getting dirty are life skills in my book! Running around with a pack of cousins and friends of all ages, year after year, gives a person roots.
|Star Wars Land|
When Daniel and Christopher arrived they were fresh off welcoming their new baby brother. Their lives had changed. John was a little six week old baby and Mommy was still a bit tired. When they left they were all still a little tired, this place does that to you, but they were tan and relaxed too. John went from a newborn to a precious chattering baby whose smile can melt your heart. The boys made friends that they will have forever... as long as they come back to the shore.
|the first week...clean bathing suits and no tan lines|
|John's first week, not quite the smiling cooing little baby who left here five weeks later.|
I am blessed to have been able to spend such a long time with my grandsons and my daughter. I know there are families who live in the same town and get to spend a lot of time together but we live very far apart and I miss out on a lot of grandson moments. This summer was my special time to get to know my grandsons. I wasn't Gigi who shows up every few months and it is a frenzy of activity because we are together! I was Gigi who they saw every day for five weeks, no frenzy needed. It's a different thing if you know what I mean.
And now some cute grandson pictures from their summer....
|Painting birdhouses in the basement.|
|Tummy time with John.|
|Wearing neon for Don!|
|Exploring on the beach|
|watching the softball game|
|Mommy and Michelle with John and Ross, future friends for life!|
|Heading to the beach!|