I had totally planned to stay home on Friday, the last real day of Spring Break, and clean house. I had laundry to do, dishes to wash, and cheese cracker residue to scrape off of every non-permeable surface in the house.
This did not get done. Princess announced after breakfast that she wanted to go to the beach, so Sven prepared to take Princess to Galveston for the afternoon. Sven Jr., seeing them leave, began to cry. Sven sighed dramatically and put shoes and socks on his son. In other words, Sven was preparing to take both children out of the house for several hours, leaving me there alone.
Like a complete and utter fool, this prospect filled me with dread. I wanted to be there if Sven Jr. got to walk on the beach for the first time. I wanted to know if Princess said or did something adorably precocious. So, instead of taking advantage of the solitude and cleaning the house or napping, I said, "Wait for me!" and joined them in the car.
It was totally worth it. Galveston still shows a lot of damage from Hurricane Ike, but it's coming back. Here's a picture of Princess and Sven on The Strand, the historic district next to the pier on the bay side of the island:
The mark above Sven's head is the water mark from Ike's storm surge. Sven is about 6' tall, so you can imagine how much damage there is to repair.
The good news for me: Galveston Bookshop, my favorite used book store, located on 23rd Street right off The Strand, is fully re-stocked and looking great. GB had 7' of water in the store, completely wiping out the first floor, but they now have brand new shelves, a beautiful new tile floor, and replenished stock. Anyone who reads my blog who goes to Galveston needs to check out this excellent book store. (If you click on the link I provided, you can see pictures of the new look as well as right after the storm. Very impressive.)
The better news for me: I got to see Sven Jr.'s first time on the beach, as he played in the sand with his sister:
I guess it's okay that the house is a mess. I think I made the right call.