We arrived at Gulf Shores on Friday around dinner time. The boys were excited to be back at Gran’s beach house and I was glad to arrive at a destination that I didn’t have to leave from for over a week. We spent Friday night relaxing at the house and early Saturday morning we packed up and went to the beach for the boys’ first fishing lesson. Pap went first (around 5:00) to get things set up. Gran went next with the three older boys and I followed a bit later with the youngest two. I arrived just in time to watch Stephen reel in a fish. I was impressed that he held the fish and attempted to get the hook out on his own. He put the fish in the net Jack held and Jack set the fish free. It was exciting to see another man’s catch–a red fish probably 30 or more inches long. All the boys reeled in something, even Gabriel with a little help.
The challenge of the day came when the boys had to use the bathroom. We told them to go down to the water and pee in the ocean through their swimsuits, but as the rest of the time we tell them not to pee in their clothes they just couldn’t do it. Since there weren’t many people around we let them pee on the rocks instead. Gabriel especially took great pleasure in deciding which rock to pee on and had to be encouraged by Gran to back up a little to avoid backsplash.
We spent the rest if the morning playing in the sand and the water and climbing on the rocks at Alabama Point. Sebastian enjoyed the water and rocks and spent a good deal of time pointing at and chasing the birds. It was a bit sentimental since he is now the age the twins were when we took our first family trip to the beach. Sebastian even wore the hat we got for one of the twins that trip. The birds were a nice change from the usual seagulls; we saw mostly cranes and heron and sand pipers. We headed home for lunch, missing the afternoon heat and crowd. Except for some sunburned cheeks, it was a very successful first day at the beach. Gran, Pap, and I all managed an afternoon nap while the boys played and watched Bugs Bunny.