Sunday, October 27, 2013


The night Brad came home from DET our friends Megan & Gibb planned a cookout on the beach!
One of the #1 perks of being in the Navy is having a beach nearby & we really haven't taken advantage of the Maryland beaches.
We love spending time with Gibb & Megan.
Their son is Norah's best friend, so any chance we get to let them play, we take it!
Brad was flying into base, and since the beach was on base, we couldn't think of a better place to wait for his arrival 
{or better people to welcome him home}.

Norah was terrified of the sand.
She hadn't been on it since she was a few months old,
so she stayed on the sheet...
...reached out far for any toys that may have escaped without actually leaving the sheet.
In the meantime, C was exploring the entire beach.
I wished Norah was more adventurous, but Megan reminded me to enjoy the time while she sat still and I wasn't chasing her around.

We watched Brad's plane fly in over our heads.
We were so close to reuniting with him!!

Once I got the call, I left Norah on the beach with our friends & drove over to the hangar to pick Brad up.
When we returned, and he walked up on the beach,
Norah was so distracted by C and the toys that it took a lot for us to get her to look in Brad's direction.  Apparently, she wasn't aware there was more to this fun day!
Once she caught sight of Brad, her face was glowing with the biggest smile!!
I'm so glad I carried my camera with me & was able to capture this moment.

I love how she made this their private moment!!

Brad helped Norah get over her fear of the sand.
Megan was right... it was kind of nice not having to chase Norah around the beach.  We all had sore feat from the stones and shells by the end of the night.

After a yummy meal & lots of great conversation, the night was completed by one of the most beautiful sunsets we have seen since Jamaica.
Maryland isn't all bad!
It's moments like these, surrounded by the most caring people, that really make our time here feel too short!

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