my kids have never been to the ocean, which is strange to me since i grew up on the east coast and frequently went on family vacations and day trips to the beach. i was really excited for them to get to go even though we had to drive three hours to ocean city and only stayed one night.
i took a million pictures. yes, actually a million. so you'll have to forgive this post, but when it's a bright sunny day and your kids are happy, it's just hard to not keep snapping!
we arrived around lunch time. so we stopped for a bite to eat first. the weather was perfect... until we got on the sand!
it was REALLY windy and therefore pretty chilly. the water was especially cold. no one was swimming. so we just dipped our toes in and that was about it! it's always overwhelming in a good way to stand on the edge of the water. it's so big and beautiful. it's just amazing.
since lula couldn't really swim in the water, she grew bored pretty quickly and wanted to go swim in the heated pool. so jay took her to the pool while my mom and i relaxed in our chairs on the beach. mom bundled up almost immediately! she gets cold easily.
papa kept diesel entertained with all the sand castle tools. they made several trips to the water to collect water in their buckets, which diesel immediately dumped out when they got back to our spot! for a little guy, it was quite an adventure and he was worn out. he insisted on carrying one of the buckets back and forth even when it was loaded with water. and we weren't very close to the water! he's a tough little guy despite his extreme emotional outbursts!
after a while jay, lula, diesel, and i all went to the indoor pool to play for a while. the kids had floaties on their arms and were able to navigate pretty well with them. this was the first time they'd tried them, and they loved being a little more free in the water. diesel would just leap off the side with no one to catch him! he's a little daredevil!
and that was our time in the water for the day. more adventures at the beach to come!