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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

California Beach Girls

The girls and I hadn't really done much of anything the last couple of days so today we decided to head to the beach. I don't like to be there all day so we let Ella have her nap and then hit the road about 2:30pm. It's about a 50 minute drive so it was about 3:30 when the girls feet finally hit the water. That is the perfect time to go. Weather was perfect, parking was great as the "all day-ers" were leaving. Parking is important because when it is just me and the kids, we don't have as many hands to carry since someone has to carry Ella. (strollers DO NOT work well in the sand) So the big girls swam and boogie boarded for THREE hours straight...did not get out of the water at all except when I asked them to for a picture!! As for Ella, she played in the sand, played in the water, got lots of sand in her mouth, took a nap, drank a bottle, and played some more in the sand!! There are many things to complain about in California, but being able to take a short drive to the beach and have PERFECT weather is not one of them.




























Can you see all the sand in her mouth??!










13 comments:

stephanie said...

I love it! Ella's a hoot...look at the sand in her mouth, it's just roughage,haha.
I love living near the beach too, I couldn't imagine not being able to see and smell the ocean.There is something healing about it.

ABandCsMom said...

You're so lucky to live close to the beach. Our weather hasn't been all that warm this summer to hit the many lake/beaches around us, or the pool for that matter!

Ella looks like she really enjoyed the sand!!!

Heidi said...

I wish I was there with you!! I just love the beach - especially on a really warm day!

Your girls look like they had a fabulous time! Trying to keep sand out of mouths and eyes is always tricky! I have to watch Joel like a hawk when he plays in the sandbox!

Cammie Heflin said...

Oh how fun, my kids would LOVE to be able to head to a beach, but since we are smack dab in the middle of the US they are out of luck.

Kim said...

Oh my! That looks like the day we took the girls to the beach. It is about an hour and a half for us. We also went around 3. The older girls swam and Mattie ate sand....a lot of sand!

I love the pictures!!

Lacey said...

Oh you did this just to make me jealous huh? I am just dying to get down there its making me crazy.

The Lehnick Family said...

How fun! Too funny with the sand in her mouth and she is still happy as can be! Looks like a wonderful day! We are heading to the beach in about 3 weeks, except it is a 2 hour drive for us! lol...

Anderson Family said...

Sounds like so much fun. Unfortunately we don't have a beach - so I guess we will have to head out to the pool instead.....

Love the pictures of Ella eating the sand!

Kristi and Carter

Michelle said...

Oh I so wish we were there with you...soon, i hope...soon!

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

I cannot imagine a more perfect afternoon!!! i love all of the beach pics! what fun :)

Lori said...

Yummy Sand!! Looks like fun! Made me more excited for our beach vacation (in Maine). Hopefully it will be warm and sunny!

Adam, Jaci, Grant and Grace said...

What a cute post! In response to your question...yes I do live in CA. We live in San Francisco. I wish that I could come meet you all! Grace just had surgery and spent a little time in the PICU and then Grant (my almost 3yo)had surgery today so I will have to pass on meeting you guys. Let me know if you ever do it again. I would LOVE to meet sweet little Ella Grace sometime! Hope all is well.

Emily said...

LOVE trips to the beach! You would think I would make a quick trip to one since I'm here in California...but it's not happening this time. Cute beach bunnies you have!