I know I’ve said it before and we all know it, but I’ll say it again…
Florida has two seasons. Hot and cool.
and our family has 3 seasons. Beach, football and Christmas.
DW took the last part of last week off from work and our little trio headed over to my in-laws’ condo for one last “horrah” at the beach before the season is over. The countdown is on around here for the next season to begin and the man of the house (like most people we know) couldn’t be more ready!
But before THAT season begins, there was still a little more beach fun to be had!
The beach, or any vacation for that matter, is not the same once you have kids. Don’t get me wrong, they make it tons of fun and even better than before, and as a parent, I can’t think of anything better than seeing my child have a fun time, but once you have kids the “relaxing” part of vacation is much different…especially when you have toddlers!
Last year was totally different at the beach than it was this year. Little Miss wasn’t walking and was even content to nap on the beach under an umbrella. She’d float in her baby float in the pool and compared to this year was really “easy”…
I want to remember how she was this summer, so I’m writing it down! (Mixed in are some pics from last week)…
You are an absolute doll in all of them!
You are pretty good about keeping your sun hat on, and for that I am thankful. We have had a few meltdowns over it, but you were easily distracted by some seagull chasing. Speaking of chasing the birds, it’s one of your favorite things to do at the beach.
Last summer, you ate the sand. It still gives me a chill up my spine to remember it! This summer started out with you HATING the sand, and while you’re still not a big fan, you will actually play in it some now! We’re proud of the progress. We have high hopes of some serious sand castle building next year, little miss!
You love the ice cream truck, and have all summer. You look for him when you hear the music. I feel horrible that on our last trip this week, we couldn’t catch him. I blame the grouchy, mean, driver…Daddy blamed me…he said I didn’t even try to flag him down. Oh well, either way, you ended up with no ice cream, and I’m sorry! Next summer, baby, next summer!
Daddy has started to bray (is that the word?) like a donkey…he’s dubbed himself the official pack-mule of the beach. Ha… It’s okay, though…he knows you NEED all the buckets, cups, shovels, toys, sippies and snacks…we can’t forget the SNACKS!
You are happiest when we give you your very own baggie of Goldfish or Cheez-its.
We did have a serious snack discovery this summer at the beach…and you and I have come to the conclusion that the only thing better than a Golden Oreo, is a Double Stuffed Golden Oreo. DOUBLE YUMMMM. I love that you love them, too! It’s “our” thing…that and Peanut Butter M&Ms! We can polish off the medium sized bag in 3 days at the beach! I’m not just saying that, we’ve actually done it this year!
Another favorite of yours is still “ICE” (although it doesn’t last as long on the beach!) … you’d have a cup with you at all times. You are crazy about some ice, girl! The rest of us have fallen in love with the Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker this summer… it shaves ice and we couldn’t love it more. It makes great snow-cones, smoothies and my favorite, frozen limeades! On our last trip to the beach, we had then every day! It was definitely a favorite for me!
You love to fill buckets, cups, ANYTHING, with water from the ocean. You usually like to have something in each hand to fill, unless one hand is pre-occupied by holding said snacks…yes, you insist on taking your snacks to the water with you. We tried our hardest to get you to leave them in the chair with me, but you’re smarter than that…you know Mommy might eat them before you get back!
You like having your own chair. You’re in the throws of toddlerhood and you’re not big on sharing anyway, but you REALLY want your own chair by the water. Particularly your Daddy’s chair. Even when we smartened up towards the end of the summer and started bringing you your own, you still wanted the one he was sitting in. He’s decided you’re such a GIRL, but he always gave you his chair. No one is more crazy about you than Daddy…and believe me, there are lots of us who are CRAZY about you!
You have been pretty content to play with the buckets, shovels, and sand toys for a little while, but you love the spend most of your beach time in the water. You are ready to head to the water as soon as your Daddy sits down. The entire summer, it never failed…every time he sat down, you were grabbing his hand and pulling him up,
or running toward the ocean and stopping to see if he was following you! He loves it though. Daddy’s not a “sit and sun” kind of person either, so you and him are two peas in a pod. I think you’ll both have a blast when you’re old enough to go way out in the water and play in the big waves!
I’ve never been one to like being in a bathing suit. I like to keep my cover up on, take it off right when I get to my chair on the beach or by the pool, take it off, sit down as quickly as possible, and lay flat, while trying to conceal my flab. If you lay a certain way, you can do it…but you can’t move. You have to lay still. Things change, though, because laying flat and still is not an option anymore! … I think you know right when I get my suit adjusted and get in “position” because you run toward the ocean forcing me to jump up without even enough time to make sure all my business is covered before chasing after you! And there’s no more “laying out”… how could I watch you and all the cute things you do if I’m laying??! Yep, I’m a sitter and sun-er this year! That’s okay, though… I wouldn’t change one thing. We’ve had some serious fun this year, sweet girl!
I can’t wait to see what you are like next Summer!
I love you-
Since this trip wrapped up our beach season, and we’ve got a couple weeks before the next one… it only means one thing… getting ready for it…every year, we have to make a special shopping trip for our Gator gear! Here’s a picture after last year’s shopping trip…I think I need a minute after seeing this picture…she was SO little!!! I cant believe how much she’s changed in a year!
We’ve already got AB a couple of things for this season, including this dress her Daddy and I got her on our South Carolina trip last year for the game… I’d forgotten about it, because it was hanging in the back of her closet, but I found it a couple weeks ago when I was packing away some of her summer clothes. I tried it one her, to make sure it will fit this year and it does, perfectly! I think it’s just darling and I love it!
We do still want to get her a cheerleader uniform for this year…it will be hard to beat last year’s… I may get that one again for this year, if they have it in her size since I love it so much!