I miss living so close by to the beach. That was a really huge loss once I moved away from Rhode Island some 10+ years ago. I spent most of my childhood on a boat, on a beach, in the sun, or out in the ocean – from the time I was around 6 months old. It was were I felt so relaxed, even as a child – the salt air and the sounds of the sea. If you have spent time at the beach or around the ocean you totally know what I’m feeling here.
I want my kids to have the same feeling about the beach I do. I really make an effort to get us packed up and to the beach over the summer school break. This summer has really been a test between the weather and summer camps, and just the business of life.
Last week I packed up the night before, as I usually do. Called my favorite dog sitter. Made the lunches, packed the towels, extra clothes, beach toys, umbrellas, chairs and everything else for an epic beach day. But, when we woke up to hit the road – I got a text from a friend in Rhode Island who we were meeting saying the beach day was gonna be a bust. It was already starting to rain here in Connecticut so the risk of driving 1.5 hours to the beach to see rain wasn’t worth it. Took the kids to the mall for some back to school shopping. LOL
This week – called the dog sitter, didn’t pack anything but planned on a beach day for Wednesday. Woke up to some overcast skies here and got the text that it was the same weather in Rhode Island. Decided to take a risk – packed up and hit the road.
We made it! The sun came out. It wasn’t too hot and we finally got to put our feet in the sand and smell that salt air.
I never thought to take a photo until we were packing up to head back home. It felt great just to unplug for a few hours not worrying once about getting a perfect photo of our day. I really hope to get back again this week – hoping for awesome weather again Thursday!
This time – I’ll remember the kids BODY BOARDS too!