Sunday, August 24, 2008

Mine's better than yours :-)

Back to the beach again, we headed to our boardwalk to celebrate Bayfest, an annual event around here. Paw Paw, Grandma Terry, Jacob and I enjoyed a leisurely stroll down the street and alongside the various vendors, who were displaying their wares and serving up the standard boardwalk fare (good thing I ate lunch before we left).

Jacob was excited to make his way to the rides, which were mostly inflatable moon bounces, slides and obstacle courses. He had a blast until the fatigue set in, probably due to the excessive jumping, as well as his lack of sleep this week (he goes to school as early as the middle schoolers now).

Poor boy suffered a bit of a meltdown to say the least, but we still managed to hang out for a while to breathe in the fresh sea air, feel the sunshine on our skin (actually it was piping hot down there) and take in all that was happening around us.

Just look at the beautiful scenery. It was such a gorgeous day that I had to share it with you :-)

Did you see the smoothie stand in the last pic? The sign stresses that their smoothies are all natural and made with real fruit. Shouldn't they be made that way anyway?

Well, in case you were wondering, I didn't get one from there. They probably were loaded with refined sugar (and maybe even some dairy), so I was happy to cool off at home with a frosty beverage of my own. I kept with the frozen banana and fresh strawberry theme, but I added some strawberry kombucha for a kick (I must have needed it after Jacob's shenanigans ... I've always liked that word).

Speaking of kombucha, I actually was able to toast with some on vacation, since I found three flavors at the Food Lion grocery store nearby. Who'd've thought? (Yeah, I know it's not good grammar, but it's what I thought at the time). Crazy, but cool :-)


Colleen (aka "Rawleen") said...

I like the title of your post! I agree, you never know what's going to be in those "natural" smoothies! Too bad...
The fair pics looks lovely. I so understand the meltdown factor. I try not to venture out solo too much for too long with the girls for fear of a major one. And when it's time to leave and go home from somewhere I always know as I'll say, "She melting, she melting! I've go to go!" (usually referring to my 3 year old).....

Solla said...

love your blog :) both your recipes and blog is beautiful, I add a link to it on my blog:
love & blessings

deaintheraw said...

Hi Shannonmarie!
I visited the boardwalk and town the bayfest is held with Robin and Dean, sounds like a good time was had by all.
xo Dea

shannonmarie said...

Hey Rawleen, I thought the title summed it up best. You never quite know what you're going to get in a smoothie unless you make it yourself.

I know you would rather your kids not meltdown, but I'm glad to hear that mine isn't the only one who does. I guess its just part of the parenting process.

Thanks Solla. I plan on adding yours to mine, too.

Hi Dea. You really need to come back for a visit again. I had such a wonderful time hanging out with you.

HiHoRosie said...

Oooh, a lovely day indeed! And I find I do have to watch out for those "natural" smoothies. Not always the best, so yeah your title is fitting.

shannonmarie said...

Oh, I so wish it was easier to find a really natural smoothie while out and about. Maybe one day ...