Sunday, June 1, 2014

Surf, Sand, Smiles, Tidepools And Sunshine = Happy Mommy And Happy Kids

There are four little people who love the beach, almost as much as their mommy!  Since we moved (since we now live on the West Coast), we are actually a lot closer to some awesome beaches, and if we get their early, we can get a decent (free) parking spot, pack our lunch, and spend the day enjoying the beauty & fun that the beach offers...after we haul everything out of the car and stake our SPOT on the busy beach!
(The can't get enough surf and the other enough sand!)
(The the boogie board and water!)

There is nothing that warms my heart more than the smiles on their faces...when they are REALLY, truly, whole heartily enjoying themselves!!
And if you've never had the chance to play with the sea critters that can be found in tide pools in the Pacific Ocean, then you're missing out!  We got to meet & play with Sea Anemones, Crabs, Hermit Crabs, Sea Snails, Barnacles, and we even explored a cave that, when the tide comes in, is completely underwater!  AWESOME!
(someone found this poor guy...isn't he a beautiful orange?)

Beach days don't cost a lot (if you live close by) and give your children the chance to run off (swim off or surf off) some energy, learn about nature (tidepools, fish, seals, dolphins) and safely soak up some sunshine (thanks to sunscreen and swim gear with SPF in the fabric).