Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Jellyfish, crabs and 6 kids...a daily adventure!

Thursday, June 18th
We have been pent up “relaxing” long enough and decided to go to the beach! We thought we would be there early, but getting six kids and three adults ready to go the beach isn't any easier over here. The traffic and construction didn't help either (or not seeing signs or being able to read them!) We finally made it around 11:30 and decided to grab some pizza before we actually went to the beach. The kids all love the pizza (especially Liam). However many we get, they eat in seconds! The only thing they consume more rapidly is the gelato (no surprise there).

The beach was gorgeous and nothing I write can remotely compare to the scenery. None of us (Jess, Jason, or I) have ever been to a beach where you could see the snow-capped mountains in the background. I did snag a picture, but it doesn’t do it justice. It was beautiful. The sand was VERY, VERY hot. We did all kinds of beach things…built a sandcastle, buried children (and one adult), jumped the waves, etc. We did see several jelly fish. Some of the kids weren’t too sure about swimming in the waves with them, but eventually got over it. One jellyfish washed up on the shore, so we were able to show them what they look like. We also found a crab, and later on in the day, a gentleman gave us six of them that he had found. It was great. They were much smaller than the ones we usually find, so it didn’t hurt when they pinch you. They couldn’t even pinch you because they were so little.

We ended the day with a visit to Pisa to eat ice cream and visit the leaning tower. We’ve all seen pictures, and the pictures make the tower look straight compared to real life. It was crazy! We snapped a couple of cute pictures and then went for some ice cream (do you notice the trend?)! The day was wonderful and our first adventure out was a success.

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