Every year we have tried to still see "the four boys" as we always called them -- in 2012, we made the trip out to Dallas, in 2013, we all connected in Atlanta. But then in 2014, we were unable to meet up.
Which is why when they called and said that they would be in Orange Beach Thursday, we were all in. Orange Beach is about a 5.5 hour drive from Huntsville and luckily, it was a rare quiet week at the newspaper. Little Kid was at her Nana's and the Engineer had work obligations so it was just Big and I on another of our trips:
The next morning, he woke up saying that his wrist really hurt. I made an appt. with his doctor and he thought that Big had broken the top part of his wrist. The X-rays confirmed it and on Wednesday he was fitted with his cast which thankfully is a water cast. No sports, no PE, but the beach trip was still a go. It is actually a pretty cool invention -- it is molded with heat to individually fit his arm. He can get it wet but afterwards I have to dry it with a hairdryer for around 30 minutes. Writing is still difficult so hopefully he will only have it for three weeks.
Just like old times.
That night we went to eat at this gigantic entertainment venue/restaurant aptly named The Hangout:
One piece of advice -- if you are planning a beach trip on the last week before school starts, be prepared for crowds. We waited for two hours for our table ... with five hungry boys. One wall of the restaurant was covered with lunch boxes and I found mine from when I was a child. I have not seen that Strawberry Shortcake lunchbox in thirty years.
We are so blessed to have such lovely people in our lives. It is my hope that we always remain good friends and that these boys are lifelong chums.
After we arrived home we picked up the girl in Mississippi from her fun-filled week at Camp Nana (with an Aunt Dana field trip to Memphis to meet Henry, her new kitten). The kids were very lucky that they were able to spend some time this summer with all of their grandparents. Everyone is now home and we have begun the back to school prep.
And the Skelley Summer 2015 officially draws to a close.