Hello dear friends!
A few days after we arrived, we headed to the local beach to make sandcastles and hang out for a bit. The weather was absolutely perfect, and the beach was packed.
Later that night we left the girls with my mom and went to the next town over, a slightly larger university town, for a little date night. This picture definitely doesn’t do it justice; the place was hopping! Lots of sidewalk cafes and a Thursday night town dining special meant everyone was out and about.
We got coffees at a little cafe and then strolled hand in hand through the historic neighborhood directly adjacent. Sidewalks everywhere, people! OKC doesn’t have a clue what a sidewalk is, so we were thrilled to see them. We soaked in the ambience of the older homes and the streetlights dotting the blocks. IF (and obviously this is a big if) we stay put longer term, we will live in this area, without a doubt. It is so walkable and really family friendly.
The next night we took the girls back to that town’s square to walk around. We had hoped to pick up some stuff for dinner al fresco at a cheese shop, but it closed at 6pm, and we missed it by minutes. So we did what any wonderfully smart parents do, we got our kids ice cream instead (in our defense, they had a really late lunch, lunner, if you will.)
Followed up by running around the splash pad downtown while the sun made its downward trek across the sky. Lots of kids were running around, and the girls had a blast splashing in the water.
The farmer’s market Saturday was packed, and I picked up some homemade olive relish (amazing, by the way), freshly ground locally roasted coffee, and garlic dill cheese curds.
We even picked up a homemade vanilla marshmallow, which V and I devoured off to the side. It was absolutely delicious!
Later that day we headed to the marina where my brothers and my parents dock their boats. My brothers were both on their boats for Coast Guard inspection day, but thankfully were done.
We hung out on the boats for a few and then headed over to the marina restaurant to have lunch with my brother and his wife. V was so excited because the Coast Guard had set up a children’s area with princess and pirate stuff. She was very thrilled to get her very first princess fake tattoo. Hopefully she doesn’t follow this up when any real princess tattoos.
It was an absolutely gorgeous day to walk around the marina. Hope you enjoyed having a little glimpse into the past week here for us. It’s been raining a ton the last 24 hours, so we haven’t gotten out as much. Kirk picked up a new to me road bike in Chicago, so I’m really looking forward to testing it on the trail that runs behind the house. More to come!