Thursday, August 13, 2009

I know it is August... but it was our first official beach day!

It has been a cold summer! Today it was finally warm enough to make a dip in the inland lake seem tolerable. First we hiked a favorite trail in the local state park. We actually got to try out our swim/play clothes that I splurged on this year. We tend to like to combo hike/swim, so quick drying swim 'clothing' seemed perfect for our needs. I have to admit they worked really well.

She is always really good about wearing a sun hat. The boy usually can't be bothered.

This photo feels a little bit "Where the Wild Things Are" ish to me. Maybe it is just because I know the boy in the picture and know he'd make a perfect king of all wild things.

Is there anything sexier than a man on a swing set? I sometimes complain about my husband being my fourth child, but it is also one of the things I love most about him. Marriage is a study of conflicting emotions. Wow, that sounds almost deep. I'm not actually a counselor, I just play one on my blog.

Look at those sweet, sandy, little webbed toes. Ready for the water!

It was still pretty cold. I only waded myself, the kids did swim around for quite awhile.

This one was less sure of the whole situation. But it didn't take long to join in the splashing and running and the throwing of the sand. Why do kids always throw sand? There were only about ten kids at the beach today and they were all throwing sand. My kids included. It was about that time I put the camera away. I am not much of a beach person to be honest. I just play one on my blog.

These are about as big as the shells get around here. My girl was excited to find them as she loves gathering nature. We typically have to limit her nature finds to just a few whenever we walk. Lately, we've been kicking around the idea of creating a family nature blog. The kids have wanted to start a blog all summer and we already take tons of nature photos whenever we are out. This way we can post the photos and identify what we find - a computer girl's version of a nature journal. If we get our act together then I will put a link to the blog on my side bar.

Time to go home with the promise to return several times a week for the rest of the summer. (Shhh... don't tell them that summer is almost over!) It might not be so bad. We've had fall days that were often warmer than the summer ones, so we might have a longish beach season yet. Maybe next time we'll brave Lake Michigan and some waves!


rae said...

Looks like a great day!

Critter's critters said...

We should go to the beach this weekend!! My boys and your kids!