After visiting with family this past week, we headed to the coast to enjoy some beach time.
One thing about living in the mountains is that we dream of the ocean. To feel the water on our feet and the ocean breeze on our faces is pure heaven. The sun came out thankfully and although the water was cold we braved the beach anyway.
We were that determined.
Our nineteen month old spent many happy hours playing in the sand and toddling around after the birds. She then proceeded to fall asleep in the big daddy's arms for a three hour nap.
My four year old ran and ran and ran in and out of the water until his lips were purple and his hands were popsicles. Then, he bundled up in towels and his hoodie to wait for a slight bit of warmth to return. Only to do it all over again. Needless to say, he slept well that night.
My eight year old was the ring leader in the boogie boarding adventures and braved the icy waters for most of the day. Stopping for lunch but not much else. He dug in the sand and made a HUGE sandcastle. He even whispered, thankfully, that he had seen a shark in the water, "he thought, he wasn't sure, but probably and it was big-ish".
My twelve year old was happy to luxuriate on land reading the whole time.
Oh, how times have changed.
It was a bit strange to have her next to me most of the day. Though, I will admit the water was freezing by my standards and there was no way I was jumping in either so I don't really blame her for not wanting to swim.
And really, reading in the sunshine by the ocean what could be better?
Knitting was accomplished by small bits at a time. Enjoying the sun, the laughter and the crashing ocean. The big daddy had a snooze while the baby slept on him.
Relaxing it was. oh yes.
Overall a successful trip. Time with family. Meeting a new wee baby. Catching up with friends. Soaking up some sunshine and ocean breezes.
Even the sandwich snatcher, pictured above, couldn't ruin our time.
And now...The laundry's done. The house returned to some assemblance of order, as of this moment at least.
I hope to make it to the sewing machine today. As we are in that magical leap day which comes so rarely it feels as though it should be marked with some creative time. What do you think?
There's also knitting pieces to share with you in the next few days.
What do you have planned for today?