We met Bethany for the first time a moment later, and instantly felt as though we had known her forever (we have been in touch through our blogs for some time). Just for the record, too, my hair was really cute. For about five minutes. At that point, we changed for the beach and my hair was instantly a mess.
We hopped in Ruth’s car and Bethany drove us to the beach, since Ruth was very busy balancing a big pitcher of icewater on her lap (in her teacher voice, Ruth said, “You have to stay hydrated on the beach.”). A bit later on, Ruth demonstrated the concept of karma by mocking me for not being able to open my door, and then immediately turning and smacking herself on the head with her own door.
It was really overcast, but that made it absolutely the perfect temperature to be on the beach. The boys headed for the shoreline and started building sand castles. Ruth and I sat on the beach towel and warmed up a bit in the meager sun, and then we went out with Chris and Bethany and floated in the water and watched each other get swamped by waves because it seemed that one of us would always be oblivious to the huge incoming wave.
Steven joined us after a while, so that the only view of Andy we really saw for most of the morning was his backside, appropriately clad in fishy swimming trunks, as he dug in the sand and decorated castles with sea shells.
Ruth got out of the water first, but only after she managed to get caught right at the break point by a huge wave and was tumbled in the surf. As soon as we saw that she wasn’t injured (well, her pride might have been a little dinged), Bethany and I laughed ourselves silly, at which point I got thrashed by a huge wave.