Lake DeGray was up quite a bit from all the rain we've been having so the sandy part of the beach we went to was pretty much underwater. Emma was still super excited though. She wore her brand new Minnie Mouse bathing suit and her life jacket she had picked out the night before. All was fine until it came time to actually get in the water. She totally freaked out. I think it boiled down to not being able to see into the water (let's face it, lake water is not the crystal clear water found in a pool or exotic beach). So, I waded out with her clinging to me like a monkey the entire time. She absolutely refused to let go. Which is fine, I didn't rush her. We would stay out for a few minutes, then we'd go back to shore. This happened about 4 times before she actually decided that she liked the water. I think the life jacket threw her off as well because on the fifth trip out I carried her without it and she did much better, even started splashing Jeremy with one hand and having fun. I guess I can't really blame her, I hated life jackets as a kid too!
We only stayed about 2.5 hours; enough time to get her used to the water and to build some sand castles. My poor fair skinned hubs did not take my advice and wear sunscreen so he came home with a sunburn all along his back, chest, arms, and face. Yes, it happened after only 2.5 hours of sun exposure. I swear he's got some albino in him. Has to. I think poor Em may inherit his fair complexion and tendency to burn as well.
I sincerely hope Seeley takes after me; I rarely burn and can tan with the best of them. Back in the day when I shamelessly worshipped at the tanning salon I was often mistaken for Hispanic with very little time and effort devoted to tanning. Once or twice a week tops. I'll have to dig out a picture for proof, but Jeremy can verify.
Speaking of tanning, that leads me to my first bit of randomness for the day. Found this little beauty at Walmart and highly recommend it. Goes on well, no streaking, and has a very natural color. A very good alternative to tanning since I've decided to give it up cold turkey. Of course, I had to give it up due to Seeley, but I had already come to the decision that I would forgo the bed from here on out. I feel like I'm saying goodbye to a best friend. I managed a tanning salon for four years while I was in college and that's when my love affair began. Sadly though, its time to grow up and face the reality of cancer. I wonder if they have a Tanners Anonymous that I can go to for support? Seriously, very very sad.
Second bit of randomness- I watched a new-to-me television show the other night on TLC titled "I didn't know I was pregnant" WHAT?! Obviously this grabbed my attention and I sat spellbound for an entire hour at the stupidity of some people. There are some instances where I can see not knowing you're pregnant. One woman got pregnant immediately after the birth of her first child and since she was breast feeding and not having a period it never crossed her mind. She was barely eating and working out constantly trying to lose the weight and delivered the baby very prematurely at 2 lbs; technically the baby fell onto the floor of the hospital. Horrifying right? Baby had to stay in the hospital for several months but was ok. What I cannot understand is how a woman, especially one who has had kids before, can deliver a FULL TERM 7.5 lb baby and not know she was pregnant. Really? And its not like this woman was a "bigger gal" and might not notice a little extra weight. Speaking as someone who is almost at full term, even if your weight gain is not very much you STILL FEEL THE BABY MOVING! How on earth do you explain away the acrobatics going on in your uterus?
Final bit of randomness- Also watched Toddlers and Tiaras this week. I am very sad to say they featured two families from Arkansas; I have never even heard of these towns so am sure they are backwoods and tiny. One mother had her SON competing in pageants. Enough said. And the other said they spent around $3000 per pageant for their daughter; including dress, travel, entry fees, etc. Do you know what I could do with an extra $3k? And they compete in tons of these pageants every year. Poor dad didn't have a clue as to how much his wife was spending on pageants.
I may have to cancel TLC on my satellite. It's completely destroying my faith in humanity.