Summer Beach Trip

Dan’s mom, Marcia, invited us to spend a few days with her at the coast in a rental house. She and Dan used to do this all the time and even though both Dan and I knew it wouldn’t be the same with small children (for one thing, not relaxing in the slightest…) we thought the boys would enjoy it, and they did! They were also very interested in the science side of hte ocean, since we’ve been talking about that in ‘tot school’/’home school’ (according to Damien, the first is what Rowen does and the latter is what he does, lol.)

We left on Friday around noon with the goal of Rowen napping all the way there (which was a success, even though we hit traffic.) Once we got there we met Marcia at the house, got settled in, and walked to the beach!

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The first beach we went to was called Shell Beach, even though we didn’t really find any shells. Rowen loved digging in the sand and Damien wanted to jump waves the entire time, despite thewater being pretty chilly. Damien also discovered climbing rocks and then wanted to do THAT the whole time – I made Dan accompany him because my balance isn’t the best these days. πŸ™‚

It was a longer walk to the beach than we realized, so on the way back, the boys and I stopped by the playground and Dan went back to the house to get the car.

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Here are some pictures of us at the house, from all the days we were there. I should have taken a picture of the whole house – actually, never mind, just go to this link. πŸ™‚ I’ve stayed in several rental vacation homes in the past year, and I have to say this was definitely the best for kids – the art/knick knacks were up high enough that I wasn’t stressing constantly, and there were toys, a Pack n Play, and a bed rail (which unfortunately didn’t work on the bottom bunk, where Damien slept – he fell out during the second night and scraped his nose. Still, it was a thoughtful thing to have there!)

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Saturday morning was the lowest the tide was going to be while we were there, so we went tidepooling! The best beach for tidepooling was currently hosting lots of mama and baby seals, so we had to go to a different beach (it still had a few seals but we kept our distance.) Damien was disappointed that we didn’t see a sea star, but we saw lots of sea anemones, crabs, hermit crabs, sea slugs, barnacles, limpets, and other shelled creatures.

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After our morning tidepooling, lunch at the house, and a nap for Rowen, we headed back to the beach. This time we took Damien through the tree tunnel that Rowen christened the ‘dragon cave’, and he and Damien rode one of the ‘dragons’ (apparently the trees that bend down toward the ground are dragons.) This is one of my very favorite places around here and I was tickled that my kids loved it too.

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Two last pictures…

Damien “decorating the baby to make him laugh”, and Rowen pouting because I said we had to go home.

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