Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Keeping Up With...Family (Weekly Wrap 6/10 - 6/16 - Part 2)

Since we were so busy this week on vacation I broke it into two parts.  You can read part 1 here.  Let's jump back in with the rest of the week!

Tuesday (6/14) we head to the beach!!  We picked up my grandfather from his house and we all headed to Island Beach State Park.  It was a gorgeous day and we enjoyed spending time with him, playing on the sand and in the water.  Zak wanted to bring home the whole beach & kept filling his crocs with sand for us to take home.  He did manage to get a little home in the bucket Great Pop gave us.  We dropped an exhausted Pop off at his house and headed to Shop Rite to restock some of our essentials and then got ready for dinner with friends.

Tuesday night we met up with some of you oldest and dearest friends for dinner.  Gabrielle and Mike hosted my family & Wendy's family for a BBQ.  We had a great time catching up, watching our kids play together and drinking moonshine.  It was so relaxing and so fun!  It's nice to have friends that you don't see often but can pick up right where we left off.  We also had some fun reminiscing over old photos from back in the day and unearthed this beauty of the three of us together our senior year of high school.  We forgot to do a recreation photo so that's on the agenda for next year!
Wendy, Gabrielle and me (that hair, OMG!)
Wednesday (6/15) we met another one of my friends at Six Flags.  Kim, Tom & their kids met us for the day to ride rides and catch up.  It was a lot of fun to see them and see our kids hanging out together.  We got to ride some of the rides we missed on Monday including riding El Toro as a family (Zak isn't tall enough so Adrian had never ridden it, but it's my favorite ride).  AJ and I also rode The Joker again.  We had another perfect weather day and had a great day together in the park.
El Toro selfie
Most of the kids in a balloon ride
Wednesday night we headed over to another friend's house for dinner.  We visited with Barbara and Ed and enjoyed a BBQ in their back yard.  AJ fell in love with their dog, Roscoe.  Daniel was hesitant to be around the dog at first, but he warmed up.  He even agreed to "think about" getting a dog of our own one day (this is huge progress!)  AJ was so upset when we were ready to leave and he started crying that he would miss Roscoe.  We took this picture so he could hang it in his room and remember him. 
Thursday (6/16) was the only day we woke up to showers.  I have to say we could not have been happier with the weather we got the whole trip.  Two years ago we visited and it rained the whole week.  We were miserable.  This time was just the opposite.  We had a lazy morning at the camp ground and when the rain stopped we headed to Seaside for the afternoon to spend some more time on the beach.  We ate pizza for lunch (YUM!), played in the sand & water again, played a few boardwalk games, rode the carousel and ate Kohr's ice cream.  All of my favorites in one day.  We had a great time!  And once again since everyone was still in school, it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.
Family picture - Love it!!
Zak's giant piece of pizza - and this was only half, he split it with Daniel
Enjoying some ice cream & our prize from the games

Thursday night we headed over the my Godmother's house for dinner with her, her family and my grandfather.  We enjoyed a delicious Italian dinner with them, ate way too much food and had a great time catching up.  It was another relaxing night with family and we enjoyed every second of the nice weather out on their deck.  AJ and Daniel were also thrilled to find "Teen Titans" on demand on their cable service and spent most of their night watching episodes of that.  I was glad that no one seemed to mind that they were being a little anti-social, the week was a lot for them and I think they started to hit the wall on Thursday.

That brings this weekly wrap to a close.  I'll finish up the last few days in NJ in next week's weekly wrap later this week!

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