I can't believe I have another stroller

What did you do over the 4th of July? As you all probably know, Sun "takes a break" - we get the entire week off.

I took the opportunity to get the heck out of dodge (ok, Menlo Park) and went to see my mother in LA. Yes, that's right, I'm from LA. Ok, not exactly LA, Palos Verdes Estates to be exact... You know, the beach. I thought a few days of hanging at the beach, surfing a little, playing with the kids in the sand would be good. Little did I know we'd be adding to our incredible stroller collection yet again. Yes that's right, we bought a new stroller. This time it appears to be a good one - the Sit & Stand XL. Madison can stand on a little platform, and Liam gets to ride around in the front.

Enough about strollers. I've filled half my garage with strollers. LA was fun - June Gloom has set in so the beach is pretty cool until around noon. From noon till 8pm all we heard from Madison was "I walk the sand, I walk the sand, I walk the water". So we walked the sand, we walked the water, Madison and Liam ate the sand, rolled in the sand, etc. 2 kids, my wife and I means a heck of a lot of crap to tote to the beach. Seriously, 2 trips from the car down to the sand and back up. If you know the beaches in Redondo Beach, it's down a short cliff to the beach. So I toted my surfboard on the car, flapping all the way from the bay area to LA, and didn't end up using it once. At least I spent some time in the water bodysurfing.

My younger sister Becky lives very close to my mom in LA - about a block and a half away. She decided to spend the 4th in Charlotte, NC with my older sister. It was great 'cause that meant we got to use her house, my mom could visit and help take care of the kids, and it was all "free". Becky has 3 young boys, so the house is built for kids, complete with about a zillion ride on cars, trucks, etc. Seriously a zillion. She even has a huge trampoline in the backyard.

Kids and trampolines. Between the "I walk the sand" and the "Jumpy, Jumpy, Jumpy", it really got to be a bit much. It was a lot of fun spending time with the kids on the jumpy tho - Madison learned how to climb the ladder all by herself. Kinda scary. One minute she's off riding one of the zillions of ride on toys, the next I see/hear her running around the jumpy squealing with joy. Needless to say, I was in the jumpy with her in about 6 seconds flat. Dang do those things give you a workout.

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Posted by hoffie on July 21, 2004 at 02:51 AM PDT #

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