This trip had a new twist. We had to take Miles and Vivienne out of preschool. Of course, that was really no big deal, but it was kind of surreal to have to tell their teachers that they would be missing a week (how can they be this big already?).
Grandma and Grandpa drove down from Indiana to join us on this trip. It makes our beach time even more precious to spend it with grandparents.
We made our usual lunch stop on the way to the beach (Smithfield's barbecue), and then arrived around 4. The kids couldn't wait to hit the sand and surf (though the surf here is typically very mild).
During our previous trip at the beginning of the summer, Evelyn wanted nothing to do with the water. She would weep if even a drop of ocean water touched feet. This trip was completely different. From the very first night, she wanted to be in the water. Her fears had completely dissolved.
The big kids were also more fearless than ever on this trip. They wanted us to carry them out past the break so that they could float up and down with the waves. I wish we had brought their puddle jumpers, because they would have loved to float on their own (with us beside them, of course). They both also loved the boogie boards, but Miles was especially enamored with the idea of surfing.
Of course, there was also plenty of time spent digging, running, jumping and drawing in the sand. All of the kids love the sand, and Jason and I don't mind getting dirty with them. How could you say no?
And just for good measure, for every beautiful photo we get, there is usually a gem like this tucked away.
This year, we also celebrated Jason's birthday at the beach. Lila got him a cake, and the kids enthusiastically helped with the candles and singing. Happy birthday, Jason!
Every few days, the kids will ask, "How many days before we go back to the beach?" Unfortunately that's a pretty high number right now. Next year, we will probably have to go down to one beach trip, because they may be starting kindergarten on a traditional school calendar in 2015. Once school starts, we will be limited to only going during high season, and I don't know if we'll be able to swing that more than once a summer. Regardless, we will always find a way to go to our beach.