We interrupt our previously scheduled photo blog of last week for something more current…
The day started normal enough. We had decided to meet my in-laws down at Belmont Shores to “escape” the heat. Not much escaping done as it was hot and muggy down there, too. But the kids got to get into the icy cold Pacific while I sat with the baby and wished he wasn’t going through his “fear of strangers” stage. :-D
DB5 spent his time checking out the many leaves on the beach. Quite a few due to a Juniper tree that shades part of the beach here.
The kids had a snack on the nifty table my in-laws have that can either be regular height or kid height. DB5 also spent a lot of time cruising around it, at least where the blankets were. He wasn’t too thrilled to get his feet onto the sand.
He also played, briefly, with some of the toys we brought for him.
I got myself a new profile pic for facebook. :-)
DB3 had quite a lot of fun…well, after we washed off the sunscreen which caused an allergic reaction. He used his grandma’s collander to create an under-water “sink” in which to wash his hands which kept getting muddy for some reason.
DB4’s hands kept getting muddy, as well.
DB1 & DB2 played frisbee with their grandparents.
This was as deep as DB4 ever wanted to get. Forbid he should get his clothes wet. 8-O.
DB1 took a break to read. I’d love to credit my great example & his Charlotte Mason education, but, really, he’s just reading HP7 so he can critique the upcoming movie. OK, well, I guess we can credit my example for it. :-)
Lunch time. We are so enjoying our Udi’s bread. Now we can have picnic lunches again.
As we were driving home it we decided it was time to meet the guy driving behind us on the freeway. :-( We were on the 22E interchange to the 5 & 57, right before the 5 splits off. Needless to say, this is one of the more “brilliant” examples of freeway engineering stupidity. In less than a mile, people who want to get from the street on-ramp to the 22E, have to cross three lanes of California traffic. I emphasize California because I’ve driven all over the country and I’ve found California drivers to be the most rude of all drivers. People have to shove their way into the lane they need to get in. Then traffic must come to an abrupt halt. We started with more than a car’s length between us and the person in front of us…we nearly hit them.
This is all that happened to us. I love, love, love, big cars. This is just like when our ‘Burb was hit while parked on our street. The little car was totalled, our car had inconvenient dings that needed to be hammered out. The inconvenience here is that we can’t open the back so getting to the strollers will be nigh impossible right now.
Years ago a friend convinced me of the safety of having a child ride rear facing until much older than required. Yesterday I was so glad she did. DB5 slept through the entire incident. This is where his seat normally rests…
This is where it ended up after the accident.
I feel bad for the guy who hit us. It was just a true accident. I was only kept from hitting the car in front of me because I could see way ahead and was able to figure out, just in time, that I needed to stop quickly. He couldn’t see that in his little car. It was the type of accident I think I avoid on a regular basis not from any skill of my own, only by Providence.
I’m thankful to God for keeping everyone safe. No one was injured in either car. The biggest concern in our car was whether we’d make it to any of our dance classes that afternoon. We did make it to two, out of four. :-)
As for our little Honda…it’s days are numbered…