I told the kids that if they cleaned the house for me today that I would take them to the beach -- no sooner than the words came out of my mouth, my house was spotless! Hey, a little bribery never hurt anyone. Both Audriana and Afton brought a friend along with them, so instead of the usual eight kids in tow...I had TEN. What's two more, right??!! Rich was working, of course, so it was just me watching them all. I kept life vests on Avery, A.J. and Aislynn "just in case" and to give me the peace of mind. Tony (16) was a huge help with setting everything up for me and toting it all to and from the car. He spent most of his time surfing. He also tried to teach Alex (7) how to work the skim board. Alex spent his time out on his boogie board right next to Tony. He wants to do everything his big brother does. Andrew (who will be a year old in just 9 days!!) was all about the sand -- he had sand all over him. I spent most of my time chasing Andrew around.