We recently made a spur of the moment trip to Gulf Shores with Mike and Kathy. Adam recently started reading The Hobbit to the boys and so I volunteered to drive so he could read. We arrived around dinner time so I made sandwiches for the boys and then headed off to the store to get a few groceries and pick up dinner for Adam and I from the shrimp basket while the boys watched Looney Tunes.
Saturday morning Mike fixed us a grand breakfast of cheese grits, bacon, and scrambled eggs. Jack, Stephen, Gabriel, and I played a game of Life. Gabriel had six children which he named Nobody, Nothing, Donut, and Plate. The last two remained unnamed. Perhaps he was afraid to name them as they had no seat in the car and kept falling out. At some point in the later part of the game he bought a luxury car. He turned the original car over to the children to drive and got himself and his wife a new one.
It was an overcast and rainy day, but we headed out at lunch to obtain fishing licenses and stopped at Wenzell’s to eat–my favorite restaurant at the beach. It is the boys’ favorite also due to the fact that there are turtles to feed and they serve children free ice cream if they clean their plates. When the turtles and people were fed and the ice cream bowls licked clean we headed to the beach. Isaac and Stephen were in the water almost immediately in spite of the cold, and they went far. Gabriel was soon joining them. Sebastian played at the water’s edge and in the sand and watched the birds. Jack collected sea shells before going swimming. Mike set up the fishing poles and taught me how to cast. Unfortunately the only successful thing I reeled in was a sting ray, but it was exciting anyway. I gained a new appreciation for the disciples who spent all night fishing and caught nothing. We headed home for showers and supper and went to bed early.
Sunday morning was sunny and we headed out to the beach earlier and the boys fished with a cane pole. They each managed to catch a small fish and pull it to shore. There was more swimming and playing tag. Isaac was buried in the sand by his brothers and Jack dug a hole big enough to be upright in and bury all but his head. We finally said goodbye to the beach and had some lunch before packing up. We drove home from our own adventure listening to the adventures of Bilbo and the dwarves.