Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Weekend at Ocean City

This past weekend we went to Ocean City, Maryland to surprise Pat's Dad for his 60th birthday.  His birthday is in June, but my sister-in-law is having her 2nd baby on his actual birthday so we thought we'd get the family together a little early and surprise him with getaway weekend.

We planned for months to make this weekend a surprise.  In the middle of planning the weekend and figuring out how we were going to get Dad to Ocean City, Mom & Dad decided to start looking into buying a beach house in Ocean City.  The house hunting search worked perfectly into our scheme.

We rented a place, figured out who was bringing towels, sheets, etc, and figured out how to make the surprise work.  We were all in Ocean City, waiting for Mom and Dad to show up at the rental house after their day of house hunting, minutes away from the surprise.  And then...the gate guard ruined it!  The rental house was in a private gated community.  As Mom and Dad drove into the community, Mom tried to tell the gate guard about the surprise and for some reason, he walked straight over to the other side of the car and said, "The other Eliasons are already here."

Despite the fact that we didn't get to yell, "Surprise!" and give Dad a heart attack for a birthday present, it was still a nice surprise to find out that we were all down there for the weekend and there was some golf involved too.

The community we stayed in is called Sunset Island and consists of townhomes, condos and some single family homes.  It is a beautiful community with private beaches on the bay side, two pools and many other amenities.  We stayed there a couple years ago for a weekend and loved it at the time.  It is very kid friendly and so easy to get around.

On Saturday morning, while the guys were golfing for "Pop Pop's Golf Birthday" I took the kids down to the beach.  It was warm but very windy.  I had a wagon, two kids, a boogie board and an inner tube.  Before I even crossed the road, the boogie board and inner tube blew out of the wagon.  I just stuck them back in the wagon and continued on.  By the time we got to the shore, I realized it was way too windy for me to control the kids, a boogie board and an inner tube.  We returned the toys to the house and headed back to the beach.

Jack and Casey had a great time on the beach and I did too.  The beach is small enough and the water is calm enough that I could just sit and watch them.  The water was also still cold enough that they were barely getting their feet wet.  They played with their buckets and shovels in the sand for hours.  Casey was trying to get the hang of getting water in her bucket.  She went to the waters edge and held her bucket down for about 10 minutes.  She would lift it up and check it every minute or so and just put it back down in the water.

The kids also had fun with Aunt Kelly when she came down to the beach to join us.

On Sunday we went to Spring Fest at the boardwalk.  There were tents full of crafts and food galore.  It was a sunny day, but it was chilly and the wind made it miserable.  Casey kept saying, "It's too windy for me!"  We wandered through some of the tents and grabbed some food and headed back to the house.  

Overall, it was a relaxing and fun weekend and hopefully we'll be able to do it again sometime soon!

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