By the time we got there though (only a few extra minutes) both girls had fallen asleep! So we sat in the parking lot at the foot of the dune and let Anja sleep for an hour.... during which, Martin fell asleep as well, and Greta woke up! Greta and I moved to the way-back of the car where she was delighted to play on her tummy for a nice long time. It was sooooooooo cozy. It was cold and rainy and wonderful, and we were all bundled up and happy.
We woke Anja up after an hour or so of napping and took off down the trail to the beach. It was really, really pretty. Anja found rocks and sticks and thought walking through sand was very funny. The trail was through a woods and it was so pretty. Martin and I saw a deer, but I don't think Anja saw it. It was great. Then Anja got her feet caught in a wave and was wet and Greta was getting a little grumpy so we decided it was time to go. Through one very minor error, we somehow ended up in Gary, and that was a little frightening, but we eventually found our way out. We made a pitstop at McDonald's for warm coffee and a little snack for Greta, and most of the drive was very nice--we only spent about 40 minutes singing "B-I-N-G-O!" for Anja, who was thrilled to be able to get out of the car when we arrived at my parents' house for dinner.
Yum, yum, roast beast. And presents!!!! My sister made me some gorgeous earrings and my parents gave me (drumroll, please) and external hard drive!!!!!!! This is the one thing we needed in order to get our wireless set up!!!!!!!! I am eternally grateful. Or at least I will be, when we get stuff cleared off of our computers and are able to set up the wireless stuff.Home for bed. It was a lovely day!