It would seem that over the past several weeks, my girls have been living in their bathing suits. I purchased two for each of them at the beginning of the summer in addition to the one or two they already had. Between beach days, swimming lessons, backyard pool time and pool parties, I think they are in their "summer attire" at least 6 out of 7 days a week.
On Saturday we loaded up a picnic lunch and once again threw on those bathing suits (that are starting to fade, by the way), and headed to the beach. It was overcast and misty but we like to think it kept the crowds down.
Back in his high school and college days, Josh was quite the frequenter of the beach. It would seem that distance, children and the daily responsibilities of a career and family don't allow for him to get there as often as he would like. On Saturday he had the chance to get in the water for a little bit. While I think he definitely enjoyed himself, the muscle aches the next day may have indicated how long it has been since his beach glory days. He looked great out in the water and just by looking at him you would never know, he's a little "rusty".
The girls both like the beach, but one definitely likes it more than the other. If your guess is..... Miss Rebekah...... you are right. She was literally rolling in the wet sand and went home with skin more the texture of sandpaper than like that of the Coppertone baby.
We weren't at the beach five minutes and Bekah was already covered head to toe in sand.
Anna has a "cleaner" approach to the beach. Pictured below is a shot of her 5 minutes in the sand. If she wasn't sitting in daddy's lap or being carried she was sitting on the blanket right next to mommy (another girl who isn't so fond of sticky wet sand). When trying to make her stand on the sand she would curl up her feet and strike a "Matrix" pose, refusing to be flat footed on the ground. It was ok though, Mommy and Anna had fun watching sister and daddy go in the water and make sand angels. :)
And here is Anna watching Daddy catch waves. Notice, wherever Anna goes her blankie is not far behind.
It was a fun day at the beach. Having quick access to the Pacific Ocean is not only a great reminder of why we love living in Southern California but also every time we see it we are reminded of the GREATNESS of our creator.