Right now I'm listening to Sam play with Oliver in his crib and Oliver is giggling hysterically, the way he does when he is with his favorite people and they are giving him their full attention. And so, the highlights of the last week:
- Taking Oliver to the beach and watching him play in the sand, stare at the waves, and laugh when we went swimming (in the warmer water on the bay side - he hated the freezing cold ocean at Nauset Beach).
- Playing with cousins who adore Oliver when they came to visit on Thursday. Oliver doesn't have any first cousins yet, but my little cousins love him and are so excited to play with him. They are really sweet and spent the day trying to do everything for him, from holding his hands and helping him walk around to pushing his stroller as we walked to and from the beach. Just another example of how lucky Oliver is, with so many people who dote on him
- Going to an arcade on Tuesday when we visited Hyannis. It was really hot, we were sweaty and walking around was sort of tiring in the humid, damp weather, so we stopped briefly at this sort of depressing arcade to revisit our glory days of play ski ball. I was still the best, Oliver watched in fascination, and we gave all the tickets we won away to a little boy who didn't seem to have very many.
- Watching sunsets at various beaches almost every night. Poor Oliver almost never got put to bed on time, because we'd go to the beach around 6, when you didn't have to pay for parking anymore, and then end up staying for several hours. But the sky! It was glorious. One night we bought things like fish and chips and ate sitting on the soft sand, listening to the waves crash, watching the seals out in the water, and eventually ending up jumping in the waves ourselves.
- Visiting Provincetown, seeing the sights, eating dumplings on the beach as the sun set.
Our last night there we visited Marconi beach, played in the sand, looked for rocks and once again marveled at all the seals. They were everywhere in the water, playing in the waves and peering out at us while we watched them. We all agreed that something about their faces seemed friendly and dog like, until you see them on land and realize how huge they really are. On Saturday, we drove him, bemoaning the crazy traffic (one downside to the cape) and making a quick stop at IKEA for meatballs and a few small things. Who can resist the joys of IKEA? It was the perfect end to a holiday week.