We recently spent a lovely hour at the seaside. Sadly we were a few men down as Dadi was in work and LV was staying over at his cousin’s house. He was actually a bit gutted that we’d gone without him, but he’d been given the option of being dropped off later and chosen not to. I have however promised to take them all again soon!
I’m not much of a beach person myself, I just can’t see what is so much fun about sitting around in the boiling hot sun for hours on end having to apply a ton of sun tan lotion first, just to protect you from it! Personally? I would much rather be in the shade, better yet inside a nice cool building. My mother actually has a photo of me, around age 11, on holidays in Majorca. All you can see is towels draped over the side of a sun lounger and I am asleep and hiding from the sun underneath! I would happily still do this now.
My kids however? Love the beach. They could happily play in the sea, make entire sand villages and sculptures(castles are for mere beginners) and kick a ball around all day. They have no issue of eating gritty sandwiches and having everything taste like salt.
It was quite overcast at our house, which was one of the reasons I suggested we go to the beach in the first place, but lo and behold, only 20 minutes away and the beach was beautiful and sunny. There was barely a cloud in the sky.
The girls were soon running off down to the water after leaving me and O to look after the bags and shoes and glasses and everything else that might get washed away to sea!
But we didn’t let them have all the fun. O enjoyed scratching and poking the sand with a stick one of his sisters had given him on the walk down the pebbles. The same stick that actually went up my nose as I carried him over said pebbles in my Maya wrap. Ouch!
He loved rolling the football back and forth and playing the ‘take my hat off and throw it so Mami can put it back on again game’ he really loved that one 😉
I also got a bit artistic, well I tried anyway:
But the best part for the kids was seeing this little feller:
They were fascinated watching him scuttling around and couldn’t get over how big he was compared to the size of the shell. We had an impromptu bit of learning as I tried to remember everything I know about hermit crabs, seems its not that much, but they loved the idea of crabs moving house! I did catch some more video but I had O in my arms and he was literally screaming and pointing as he wanted the crab! Luckily he soon forgot about it when he went to play with the girls.
Literally as I sit typing this I have learnt, via the lovely @_MummaCass, that in Australia hermit crabs are popular kids pets and some people even give them painted shells to live in! I can’t wait to tell the kids this in the morning. Although I’m sure there will be complaints that they cant have one!
Anywho, back on topic. Our trip was drawn to an end by the rapidly rising tide so we all piled back into the car for the girls to change. I had a bit of a giggle as, even after I’d reminded them six times, none of them had brought any clean drawers with them so they ended up ‘going commando’ on the drive home which luckily they found hilarious!
Are you like my kids and love the sun and the beach? Or do your prefer to hide away in the shade like I do? I’d love to hear from you x
I am linking this up to my very first linky! Summer Days is the place for all of your summer related posts so feel free to jump across and link up your own posts, recipes or crafts. Any and all welcome 🙂