Thursday, September 8, 2011

Labor Day Weekend

Wow what a week!  I can't believe I haven't even had a chance to blog about my wonderful Labor Day weekend.  This will be a quick post tonight b/c I have to get to bed.  I'm on the Cape for the MS Challenge Walk which starts tomorrow at 7:30 AM.  My mom and I are "crew" and my sis-in-law and cousin-in-law are walking 50 miles in 3 days!  I crewed last year and it was SO.MUCH.FUN!  I'm excited to have Jenn and Meghan join us.  So you won't hear from my on the blog this weekend but you can follow we on twitter @jodibean328 for live updates about the walk!

Friday night Emily and I went to the Red Sox game.  Unfortunately it was a terrible game for us.  The "highlight" of the game was that we got a free baseball since it was the 700th consecutive sell out!  And after many people left we moved to better seats.  We have one more game to go to next Fri night so hopefully we'll see a win.

Saturday morning I drove to Asbury Park, NJ to visit my friend Rhonda and her family.  I lived w/ Rhonda in Long Beach, CA in 1999/2000.  We worked together as Americorps VISTA members for Habitat for Humanity.  We had a lot of fun and made great memories!  After Rhonda got married she moved to NJ which is nice since it is so much closer but unfortunately I still don't see her enough!  FINALLY made the trip down so that I could meet my beautiful Godson Rais who is two.  I hadn't seen Rohan since he was about 6 months old and he is now 3 1/2!  So my visit was long overdue.

I had such a great time hanging w/ Rhonda and her family.  It took no time at all for the kids to become comfortable w/ me and Rhonda's niece was my BFF and asked "can I come home w/ you?"  We all had a lot of fun hanging out and playing.  They really liked my air bed and all wanted to sleep w/ me!  I told them no kids in my bed! ;)

We played "beauty parlor" and I let all the kids do my hair.  Thankfully I was drinking a glass of wine which relaxed me so I really didn't care what they did to my hair.  I have to say they were very good "stylists!"

If you want to get kids to like you just let them play w/ your iPhone.  It works like a charm.  I literally had 3 children sitting on top of me!  They mastered the games in all of 2 minutes which always amazes me! 

It was so nice spending time w/ Rhonda and catching up in person.  I love spending time w/ fellow social work friends.  Too bad Rhonda doesn't like the beach.  I dragged her down there anyways.

The kids on the other hand, loved the beach.  Rhonda literally lives 2 blocks from the beach so we walked down to play on the playground.  The playground got buried in the tropical storm so it was a whole new experience for the kids.

I of course gave the boys some Red Sox shirts!  They loved them haha!  Some guy on the beach asked "are they actually Red Sox fans?"  Really dude?  Why would they be wearing shirts if they weren't?  I told him I was from Boston and therefore they were fans.  He said "I'm sorry."  Don't worry his wife put him in him place!!

After plenty of playing on the playground for a little while it was time to put our toes in the ocean.  Well the waves were huge so toes turned into half of our bodies (except Rhonda who doesn't like beach).  I had to take turns bringing the kids into the water.  We did 1 - 2 - 3- JUMP!  Rais kept saying "Mom look at we!" While laughing hysterically.  It was so fun.

Rohan decided he was brave enough to take a turn too.  We got soaked but it was so much fun.  I was exhausted after all the jumping!  It was definitely time for an ice cream break!

They were very happy w/ their ice creams and looked pretty cute sitting there! They all took long naps once we got home which gave Rhonda and I a chance to go shopping!

Rhonda's older nieces came along and we had a "fashion show."  They insisted on "dressing me" and did a pretty good job.  I actually really liked the silver hat so I bought it.  Best part - it was only $1.98!

I left early Sun morning before all the kids woke up so that I could drive 45 minutes to Edison to meet up w/ Marisa and her family.  Marisa and I have been friends since freshman year at Elon.  I had never met her 14 month old daughter Ryleigh so I was pretty excited to see them.  We had breakfast at the Edison Diner.  Madeline enjoyed playing w/ the stickers I brought her and was very good!  We had a lot of fun catching up and I look forward to making a road trip to PA to see them in their new house soon.  Thanks for meeting up Marisa!

On my drive home from NJ I stopped to meet baby Owen.  My very good friend Kendall gave birth on Friday evening to this handsome little guy.  He joins big sister Riley at home!  I love holding newborns and was so glad I could stop by for a visit.  Can't wait to get my hands on him again soon.

There is still time to enter my giveaway.  I'll pick the winner on Tuesday!  


  1. We went a few years ago to Fenway, great trip! I'm from Baltimore and remember when we had a team. Hang tough,

  2. OMG-- such cute kids!! And I don't understand why you're complaining about that game. ;)

  3. Great pictures!! It looks like you had so much fun! :) The kiddos are ADORABLE!

    You need to come to a Rangers game. We have giveaways all the time!!