Kathryn and Roo came to visit on Wednesday.  We decided it would be a good time to make the first trip of the year to the beach.  Ever since the first warm Saturday when we put Piglet’s bathing suit on to wash the car and lubed her up with sunscreen, she’s been asking to go to the beach.  It’s her favorite.

This came in very handy when it came to making deals, “If you want to go to the beach, then you need to eat all of your yogurt.”   This was such a big deal, that we got to use it over and over again for 12 hours before heading to the beach.

BEACH DAY had arrived, and I spent the morning packing up all of our beach stuff, putting on our bathing suits, and lubing us both up – not an easy task to plan a day trip to the beach.  But generally TOTALLY worth it.  Total Prep Time:  45 minutes

We drove to Grammy’s house to pick up Grammy, Kathryn, and Roo.  They packed up EVEN MORE stuff and off we went.  Total Travel Time:  45 minutes

We parked the car and got out all of our gear – beach chair, sun shade, towels, beach toys, little cooler, cameras, sheet – everything but the kitchen sink.   Then we began the walk to the beach.  The closer we got to the water, the harder the wind started to blow.  But onward we pressed.

(and for your viewing pleasure – baby bump hugeness in the background)

We reach the sand and a beach toy blows out of the basket and I have to chase it down.  We walk further up to get closer to the water and wet sand that doesn’t blow in your face.  I attempted pulling the sun shade out for baby roo and it was flapping in the wind so violently that I couldn’t even figure out which end was up.  While I was trying to figure this out, Piglet dumped all of her beach toys out of the basket.  First the little blue ball blew away – getting up to 15 mph easy…not worth chasing.  Then Piglet’s favorite pooh ball blows away so she starts chasing it – the ball is much faster than she is.  Then the basket starts blowing away end over end.  I had to make a choice – basket or ball, realizing that I couldn’t catch both because they were blowing in different directions.  I opted for the basket since we had to somehow get all the toys back to the car.  So we were running.  Piglet running with a big blue shovel in her hand, crying “my ball, my ball, my basket”.  Me running as fast as I could being as huge as I was.   I caught the basket, but the ball got scooped up by a dog 1/4 mile away – so long ball.  Kathryn tried to help, she was running while holding a three month-old and trying to keep her hat on to protect her face from the crazy wind and trying to stop the buckets from blowing away with her feet.  Roo is half laughing at the wind and half crying because she’s hungry.  Grammy meanwhile is still holding the rest of the stuff to keep it from blowing away while trying to take pictures of the madness.  I’m sure we all looked a bit ridiculous.

(Here is Kathryn keeping the toys from blowing away again while Grammy and I packed up everything else.  Piglet is trying to play through the wind and dig in the sand anyway.)

Grammy, Kathryn, and Roo headed back to the car so Roo could eat.  Piglet and I hung out for a little while longer so she could play just for a bit – she was SO excited about the beach.  But the toys kept blowing away.  Then she took her shoes off and they started to blow away.  So we decided it was just too much and packed it up and headed back to the car.  By some miracle, Piglet didn’t protest leaving too much.

As we were walking back to the car, Grammy meets us on the path.  She had apparently lost her sheet along the way – I guess it was hard to keep up with everything when you are holding 50 pounds of beach stuff.  But we finally all make it back to the car with all of our stuff to find out that on the walk back, Kathryn’s phone called Grammy’s phone from within one of the many bags and left a long voice mail, so we now have a verbal account of everything that happened.

Total Beach Time:  15 minutes

At least we had a good laugh and spent time together as a family, so it wasn’t a complete bust.

One Response

  1. i couldn’t help but giggle the whole time i was reading this! cute story!

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