The weekend was beautiful. The snow was melting - the sun was shining - the temperature was in the 50's - pretty much a heat wave given how our winter has gone this year.
So the urge to get out and enjoy the nice weather was overwhelming. Unfortunately, the money was not. So, what's a family to do? Why, go to the parking lot and throw crackers to the seagulls, of course!
I grew up very near the beach, and one of my fondest beach memories is of feeding the seagulls. There would be one gull nearby, but as soon as I threw the first crust of bread in the air, a score or more of gulls would immediately appear.
Several years ago when we took a trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Ashley met seagulls for the first time. She calls them beach chickens, and today she seemed just as thrilled to see them fly just feet from her as she did that first time.
It was a very nice moment on a beautiful warm winter afternoon!