Hot summer days, high tide/low tide, sandy toes, salty lips, wet towels, dirty cars...
This is the weather we end up at the beach almost daily for a quick dip. Mostly we go in the late afternoon/early evening, when the beaches are nearly empty. Nothing like the frigid waters to make these hot/humid temps more tolerable. Thankful we only live 6-7 miles to the ocean. I leave the van packed so we can scoot over at almost a moment's notice. We tend to stay just an hour or so. I rarely bring my camera and I do not have a cell phone to take pics (this pic is actually from last year), but if I did bring my camera, I'd have oodles of pics from the fun we have.
Just today, my two big ones made a friend and dug these elaborate rivers from my chair to the water. Squeals of surprise? delight? torture? as they fully plunge into the waters that truthfully are never warm (kids don't care). Audra collected some crabs, snails, hermit crabs, mussels, shrimp and this little worm thing with legs that I have no idea what it was. Adrian made a bunch of roads with his John Deere tractor. (Yes, he plays farming at the beach, that surely isn't surprising if you know him!)
This season marks a whole new dimension. Today I had Anna-Kate napping on my chest while I actually read a magazine (the entire thing in one sitting!), so relaxing. I love snuggling my little girl. When she woke up, I put her little toes in the cold waters and she smiled and loved it. This one woman looked at me and said "You look like you have it all together." Certainly, throughout the day there are moments I feel utterly scattered, frustrated and exhausted. But, at the beach, all is well.
Thankful for Maine Coastal Living.