Have I mentioned that it is winter here (brrrrr...HA! Just kidding!)? Which means that the ocean is actually really cold. So swimming in the ocean, at least for the girls, is not really an option. Bummer. Sam is still super hesitant about even getting close enough to the ocean to have her toes touch wet sand so not being able to swim has not been a big deal. But we have played in the sand and spent time on the beach several times.
Today Sam and I went early in the morning to build some sand castles. I couldn't figure out how to bring the camera, all the sand toys and Sam while also keeping the camera from being ruined so it got left behind (sorry!). We did the short walk down to the beach finding treasures along the way that we could add to our castles once they were built (leaves, sticks, coconuts, etc.). We made some pretty neat little castle and Sam finally starting to get the hang of how to flip the bucket over so that all the sand doesn't fall out. She had a blast.
We walked on the beach a little bit, finding more treasures, but with a steady wind and the loud noise of the waves Sam grew ready to head home very quickly.
We had a good time for our last beach adventure, even if it wasn't as long as I had hoped for.
The Nitty Gritty!
I had high hopes of spending whole days on the beach with the girls. I was even asking other bloggers for suggestions and ideas for how to keep toddler entertained on the beach for long periods. (Thanks Debi for your great ideas!) Unfortunately with the cooler water temps and wind we have been experiencing (plus lots of other activities and family to spend time with) there hasn't been as much beach time as I had thought (and hoped).
But this trip has been a great break from the winter snow and freezing temperatures. We have been outside as much as possible everyday which will be a huge change for the girls when we get back to WI and they are back to only spending moments outside at a time.
We are headed back home tomorrow and it will be sad to say goodbye but I am also ready for my own home and my own BED! Does any one else get like that?