Beach x2 and Summer Foods

Hi there!  Happy Monday!  It’s officially my next to last Monday of summer vacation.  I am admittedly a little sad about it, but I’m also looking forward to the fall.  These summer days have been full of so much fun.  Friday, H and I went to Grommet Island Park, a playground on the beach that is totally accessible to wheelchairs.  I loved how this playground incorporated lots of sensory play for children with special needs.

Here’s a little info about it from the City of Virginia Beach’s website:

JT’s Grommet Island Beach Park and Playground For EveryBODY is the first of its kind in America: a 100% accessible oceanfront park. This 15,000 square foot beach park features wheelchair accessible entrances and an incredible playground that includes poured-in-place surfacing, raised sand tables for sandcastle building at an accessible height, a sensory board for children who are autistic and visually impaired, and a sway boat. 

The playground also boasts sculptural features such as dolphins, a surfboard, and a wave that are all fully accessible for children to pretend to ride the waves and swim with the dolphins. Wood polymer decking extends from the playground to accessible seating areas with an umbrella and hand-operated sand scoop designed to be used by a person in a wheelchair, allowing everyBODY to play in the sand.

Isn’t that just awesome?

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H played for about an hour-ish on the fun equipment.  We also enjoyed some sliced apples on the nearby benches as we watched lots of boats/ships going in and out of Rudee Inlet.  There was also a lot of setting up for the East Coast Surfing Championship which meant heavy equipment zipping all around.  H was in heaven!


We went swimming for about thirty minutes and practiced our wave-jumping skills.

Friday evening –  We headed to my parents’ house to visit for the weekend.  You can see H was getting a little sleepy on the way.


He was well-rested by Saturday morning and ready for our beach/boat day.  We saw this eagle on our boat ride to the beach.

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Moochie and H are doing a little wading.

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So…apparently, my parents decided that a good way to cool me off as a little one was to dip me in the water on hot summer boating days.  Well, H heard about it and wanted to try it out!  I think he liked it.  🙂

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Almost everyone took a nap after this big day.  For dinner, we headed up to Riverside Grill.  I had a really good Caesar Salmon Salad that was a special entree.  No one was too full for ice cream, so we went to Chesapeake Bay Farms for some fresh, homemade ice cream.

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Apparently, ice cream is serious business.  😉

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What a full, fun day!

Sunday, we just lazed around until lunch time.  Steamed crabs and yummy sides were delicious!  I’m not a big seafood eater, but I could tell from the Mr.’s focused eating that he was loving it!  Meanwhile, H ate TWO hot dogs.

H loves the rocks in his aunt and uncle’s driveway {I loved the rocks in my grandparents’ driveway as a kids, so I guess this is inherited?}.  After using Aunt SB’s legs as bridges and roadways, he then recruited her for some driveway play.


My sweet little boy finally laid down in the shade.


Moochie still going strong!


Needless to stay, we were totally stuffed!  The Mr. and H even skipped dinner as their bellies were still full.  We had a wonderful weekend!  Even though I’m getting excited for fall and the holidays that come with the season, I’m so going to miss these warm, sunny days lived at a more relaxed pace.

How was your weekend?

Anyone else the black sheep when it comes to certain foods?  I’m the seafood black sheep.  I only really enjoy fish (versus the clams, crabs, and oysters that the rest of my family adores).

Hope your week is fantastic!


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