Monday, August 1, 2011

Seriously, There Can NEVER Be Too Much Beach

Seriously.  Never.  It's funny, I loved the beach as a kid, then shied away from it as a teenager and young adult, and now absolutely have come to love and appreciate everything about it, from the bold and beautiful colors of blankets, swimsuits, umbrellas, towels and chairs, to the scratchy burn of hot sand under my feet, from the lull of crashing waves and the cries of seagulls to the salty smell of seaweed washed up on the shore.  I will also say that I am grateful for the beachy scents of suntan lotion amidst the crowds of baking humans, and grateful for the sensory overload that distracts from some of the more, uh, unsightly views presented by those same humans... 

I am also grateful (oh, so VERY grateful!) for 50 sunblock.  Samantha, totally exposed to the hot, relentless glare of afternoon sunshine directly over our heads, came away unscathed, content to retain her lily-white complexion, her petal-soft English skin unmarked.

In summary:  a short weekend visit to my father's house, a 15 minute ride to the beach unavoidably stretched into an hour-long crawl in traffic, a meet-up with my uncle and aunt who have not seen Samantha since she was an infant, a child's dream-dinner of pizza and angel food cake, my father's famous cottage cheese pancakes for breakfast, a frolic with Ruger, the 1 year old, 90 lb. monstrosity and new love of Samantha's life, and an uneventful return trip back home.  Just a practice run for a week in Georgia at the beach, coming up so, so soon, a place that I'm hoping will also seal itself in Samantha's store of happy childhood memories. 

Oh, how this child melts my heart...






Cuddling with Pops...


Just because she could, and just because she knew Mommy had just dropped her back into the ocean to clean her off in preparation for the car ride...


Cheeky girl!


This photo doesn't even begin to convey how packed that beach was.  With warm water, the bulk of the population was camped out right on the water, abandoning their hot blankets on the sand.

17 comments:

Deanna said...

Awwwww...such cute pictures of the two of you! LOVE the mother/daughter shots!

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

Love these pictures! I love the beach too, but ours is just at a dirty lake :( BUT when we went on vacation I think my favorite day was the day at the ocean - fantastic!

Cory said...

So, that is what a Georgia beach looks like? I have never considered that there even was a beach there. Don't ask me why. You guys looked beautiful in the surf. What a fun time.

Becca said...

Actually, Cory, that's a New Jersey beach. :-) We'll be hitting the beach in GA in a few weeks, so keep an eye out for those pics soon!

Kimberly said...

I absolutely love that third picture down! This post makes me want to take my girls to the beach again.

Alicia said...

cute pictures!! i hate the beach, although i dont know if i dont like the hot, the sun, the sand, or is really that everything gets mixed to be the last place i would go... lol

Rochelle said...

What a fabulous weekend. Can't say I am not jealous of that great beach time though.

Renee said...

I, too, love love the beach! Beautiful pictures! I love your happiness and Samantha's.

Erin said...

Love the beach and these photos, so endearing.

evrfwd said...

great photos! who took the ones of you and sammi? pops? When I see photos of these, of you girls having lots of fun, it makes me which I lived close to a beach. Ok, really I wish that all the time. hehehe oxoxox

krlr said...

I just adore mommy/daughter pictures. You two look so happy! Good reminder I should get out from behind the camera sometime. And that maybe I should move closer to a beach. Darn landlocked mid-west.

Lacey said...

Aww the beach! I cant wait until i'm close enough to just say, hey lets go to the beach today. I absolutely love the sun, sand and water. Looks like Sammi does too.

Cindy said...

I was born and raised in San Diego and spent a lot of my childhood and most of my teenage years at the beach. That's the one thing I miss the most (besides family) since moving to Seattle. I often debate about getting a large bucket full of sand to put under my desk at work. I could then take off my shoes, pull up a photo of the ocean on my computer and take a mini vacation anytime I want!

Jenny said...

Great pictures of the two of you!!! You both have the most amazing big smiles...love it :)

Michelle said...

Such beautiful pictures! I'm trying to love the beach, I really am! but it's just the sand that gets EVERYWHERE. And all the gear you have to take with you ... and lack of bathrooms being close by ... and, and, and... but I'm trying! :)

Carrie said...

Ohmygoodness I love the pictures of you two!! And I totally agree, you can NEVER get to much of the beach. I informed my husband after our trip to the Gulf that my new "when I grow up" drem is to become a beach bum and he needs to make that happen for me. :)

Melissa said...

Your pictures really make me wish we lived near water!