We had a break from almost all of our usual activities, so we scheduled a few days to spend at the beach, encompassing my sister's and my birthdays (we're 1 year and 361 days apart). I was so excited to spend our birthdays at the beach, because we used to go visit Nana at the beach sometime near our birthdays every year when I was younger, until Nana sold her cottage. It was wonderful!
|Yummy coconut cake!|
Since we had things to do on Monday and Tuesday, our birthday celebrations began on Sunday, when Joel made Sarah and me a scrumptious coconut cake, and we opened our birthday gifts from Mom and Dad: a cozy throw blanket, a beautiful scarf and a book each.
After two days of tasks and packing, we left fairly early on Wednesday, which was Sarah's 20th birthday. We got settled into our rental and went to eat at our favorite beach restaurant, and had key lime pie for dessert. David bought Sarah and me each a pair of earrings from the pier shop. As we walked back from the pier, we found out that the gray seal that had been appearing on the beach was right in front of our house! This is a rare sighting this far south.
Thursday was a nice, relaxing day. The seal was relocated to a more suitable beach farther north in our state, so I was glad we got to see him before they took him away! We spent a few hours visiting the local aquarium in the middle of the day, since we are all too fair for much sun and don't use sunscreen. Then we went out to dinner again. We try not to eat out a lot usually, so when we go on vacation we splurge.
On Friday I rediscovered boogie boarding. I tried it a lot as a child, but never got the hang of it, and I gave up even trying for the past few years. But Sarah and David enjoy it so much, I decided to try it again, and it finally clicked! I had so much fun riding the waves with them. After dinner we walked to the pier and played pool, air hockey and fooseball.
Saturday I went boogie boarding again with Sarah and David. I wanted to stay out longer, but we were getting too much sun, so we came in. We played with the stray beach cat that was hanging around our rental house. The landlord had left cat food for us to give her if we wanted, and our neighbor was also feeding her. He called her "Kitty" but we decided to call her "Savvy" because she wasn't fooled by David's laser flashlight like our cats. We went to the pier to play more pool, and on the walk back in the almost total darkness we saw some Noctulica, commonly known as Sea Sparkle. It was very neat, but unfortunately very difficult to photograph.
|We stayed in the left side of this great duplex.|
Yesterday we had to leave the beach, but our landlord very graciously allowed us to check out of the house whenever we wanted, so we didn't have to rush. Sarah, David and I got up and went out boogie boarding one more time. We ate breakfast leisurely, packed up most everything, fixed a quick lunch and left around 2pm. It was a dreamy trip, beautiful weather the entire time, and exactly what I needed to clear my mind from a busy, somewhat stressful spring.
|The view from our cottage. That's a drain, but shh, it's very picturesque!|
I've heard of birthday "weeks" before, but we've never been a family that celebrates birthdays in an extravagant manner, so I thought it was funny when I realized that's kind of what we did this year. It was so much fun, it made turning 22 almost painless! I had a wonderful week, and a delightful birthday. Now I'm ready for summer!
|This is one of my favorites, David searching for sharks' teeth.|
|Mom on a sandbar.|
P. S. I'm still trying to decide if I actually like Taylor Swift's "22" or if it's just because I am now 22, and I like the beat. Most of the lyrics don't really resonate with me. But I've been enjoying Alex Goot's cover with some of his friends here: