Thursday, February 5, 2009

Polar Bear Plunge

It's been a while since i posted anything because i have felt so crappy lately, but for those of my family/friends who have been bugging me to post something, here it is. My week in review.

Sunday, my family and i went down to Rehobeth Beach for the polar bear plunge. For those of you who do not know what the polar bear plunge is, it is a fundraiser for the special olympics in which the people who register and pay get the pleasure of getting into their bathing suits, stand in a huge group on the beach, and run into the freezing ocean. This is a very big deal in Rehobeth Beach. Thousands of people come down for the weekend. The hotels are all mobbed and there is no place to park. I had never gone to the plunge before, but this year Erin was participating, so off we went. Erin had stayed with her friend the night before (Saturday) and then got to stay in a very fancy hotel. The rest of the family and I were supposed to meet her an hour before the plunge so we could watch her participate. And i was supposed to hold her towel for her. You may notice i said "supposed to". The reason i say that is because, as usual, I was late. Here's what happened: We left a little late, I thought it started at 1:30 not 1, and there was no place to park. So there we are at 1:00 trying desperately, along with a few hundred other people, to find a place to park. We actually found a great spot once, but had to do a 3-point-turn to get it. So Steve told Matt to stand in the spot to save it for us... Yeah, right. Matt stood on the spot, but almost got run over by a little old man! So, we kept trying. We finally find a spot 3 blocks off the beach. By this time it is 1:20. As i am rushing to the beach, I hear the radio d.j. who was on the loud speaker saying there was 4 minutes until the plunge. Their were thousands of people on the beach and I was trying to find my daughter so i could be there for her. I was quickly wading through hundreds of plungers and watchers, determined to hold my child's towel for her and just let her see that I WAS there for her. So, i'm running up the beach, the d.j. is counting down 5, 4, 3, 2, ....Steve is going "your never gonna find her in all these people", Rachel and Matt are trying to keep up with me as i slugdged through the sand and people, and i am just determined to get there in time. The d.j. yells ONE and everybody runs to the water.........then runs back. And that was it. It was over. We drove for 1 1/2 hours, fought the parking wars, and ran a mile through hundreds of people--and i missed it. Well, i finally did find Erin (who was with her friends family) as she was walking back to the hotel. She was carrying her own towel. AND her bathing suit top had come off during her run back from the ocean.. She was a good sport about it, but it obviously did not go the way we had planned. Next year we will plan much better, and we also plan on staying at the hotel next year. It is a beautiful hotel and we were supposed to stay this year but ran out of money. Can't wait till next year. Oh well, we live and we learn.

So, we came home Sunday night and watched the Cardinals lose to the Steelers during the Super Bowl.
After that, I felt really dizzy, nautious, and tired for about three days, so i pretty much laid low. That's my week. Pretty boring.I'll try to post about our school week later, but for now, i'm just going to bed. I'm looking foward to shopping for some school stuff this weekend :)


  1. So sorry your week was terrible with you feeling sick. I hope you got to do some school anyway. Our taxes came in did yours yet??? Pray we spend the money wisely. We did splurge last night. See the post on my blog for the account of that.

    I hope you get some good buys!! Did you get some good things at the Scholastic Warehouse sale last weekend??? I miss you. I will call you and I hope to see you tomorrow. Here's hoping this week is better.
    Love you,

  2. Ooooh I forgot to say, love you backround. I see you figured out the Cutest Blog on the Block backrounds!!! Way to Go!!!

    Love you still,

  3. Maybe next year the whole family can do the plunge. Wouldn't that be fun? Look at the bright side, you got to spend an hour and a half with the family, twice, and you got to go to the beach. You're doing great and I love you.