Sasha's Birthday & The Rowland Visit to Virginia Beach
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Sasha starts her birthday morning at IHOP opening her big present from Mommy & Daddy
First the card
Then the present
Her own Kindle Fire Touch Screen
Let the Minecrafting continue!
Another present at home directly from They Might Be Giants! A Science is Real T-Shirt!
The Rowland's arrive
With more presents!
Anya presents a card she made for Anna. Sasha gets some cash from Grandma & Grandpa!
Sasha reads a card as everyone leans forward rapt and breathless
"The School for Good & Evil" and a GIANT SIZED book about Birds
Even Holly gets a present!
An anniversary present from Alan! Happy 19th Anniversary!
Tess and her friend Meredith cuddle Anya
Sasha wanted PF Chang for her birthday dinner
Uncle Jeff keeps Anya in a controlled headlock until the noodles come
Hey! How bout some noodles for the birthday girl!
A day at the tourist beach
It was a red flag day
The waves were pretty good
Jeff boogies hard
Lisa catches a wave
Anna's up next
Jeff goes back to mock nature and ride her tide...
...And is eventually consumed by hubris and ocean foam
Now we all wait 30 minutes to go back in the water
Sasha gets made Mer
Back on Atlantic Ave, Holly and Lisa get their afternoon drunk on
Back from cruising the Ave. Tess and Meredith take Anya for a swing.
A fun day for all at the tourist beach.
That evening we are back at the oceanfront for the classic visitors trip to Pizza Pi
Super nice so we eat outside
Watching a band play at one of the pavilions
Gazing upon Neptune
Just a few blocks down the boardwalk
To the evening firework display
Fireworks on the beach. Now that's livin'
Everyone disembarks the train in Norfolk for a day at the mall
More birthday presents. This time from Uncle Beans
Aquabats for Anya! Wicked Tight!
What time is it?
Adventure Time for Sasha!
We love you uncle Beans! Thanks for the sweet presents!
A nice calm day
The water is warm
It's the perfect time of day
The Boogie Boarding begins
Tess and Meredith get their gear on and the surfing begins
Tess remembers last time and is up fast
Making it look too easy
Some surf magazine poses
Then she paddles out for the next wave
She doesn't even need a board! She just stands on the waves and rides.
Keep Calm and Hang Loose
Awwww. They're in Love.
Waiting on the waves
Tess is just a born surfer
Meredith: Her first attempt at surfing
She's up! Then down.
Alan spots a good wave, Anna looks on...
... and Meredith becomes a surfer. Awesome!
A little more practice
Waiting for the next wave
She's up and riding high again
Tess has competition
But she's a very solid rider of waves
Posing with the big board
Meredith gets conned by cuteness into spinning Anya
Sasha - beach ditch digger
Anna catches some wave
Lisa is a crazy rider
She won't let a good wave past
Tess and Meredith at base camp
Tess back up on the waves
Now there's a cover for Surfing Magazing
Meredith flips board
But she recovers
Paddles out for more
And shows everyone how it's done.
Not bad for the first time?
A wave goodbye
A good day at North Beach
At the All You Can Eat Sushi Buffett
Tess chows down an the endless baby octopi
Anya cuddles her Professor
A day at the aquarium
Inside the bubble
I don't know what this is, but I assume it ate this bird
Tess adds more pictures of fish to the internet
Anya under water
Who's idea was it to put cute little sea horses in with the gators?
Anya rides the Please Do Not Climb on the Dolphin.
Eaten by a shark
Then watching some smaller ones
Everyone mimics Anya's favorite pose
Doing the chicken dance in an Eagle Nest? Isn't that a federal offense?
A giant rainbow in front of our house? Why it must be Saturday in Virginia Beach! The happiest place in the world!
A day at the State park Beach
Then sunbathing and floating out to sea
The kids try to catch dinner
Alan takes a picture of himself so he can be in at least one picture.
The final night in Virginia Beach
The tragic conclusion to a week of fun and sun.
5 went down to the surf. Only 3 returned from the murky black waves.
Jeff, Anna and Holly were horrified at the loss... but then the fireworks started.
And all was well
So we walked down to the amusement park and rode the Ferris Wheel
And the motorcycles
And all was well.
We had a super fun time! Come back and play again Rowlands!
And Happy 9th Birthday Sasha!
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