So in the (almost) 2 weeks since our arrival, we've made two trips the beach. I've always been crazy in love with the ocean-- I've missed it so much!
Vera & Libby loved the sand, the huge expanse of space to run around, and water for splashing.
Both found the waves and the undertow quite frightening, and either cried or clung to my hands and legs.
I love my sweet little people.
Vera asked why the ocean was coming toward us. I forget what I gave her for an explanation, but it was kinda lame, and I think it had something to do with the moon telling it to come in and go out twice a day. Sometimes I just flunk toddler questions.
So after just an hour of fun, we got back in the car to go grab dinner, and watch them make salt water taffy through giant glass windows.
Verity was pretty fascinated by that. Libby simply pointed and screamed out,
"CAAAAAN-NYYYYY!! CAN-NY! CAAAN-NY!"
repeatedly, while struggling to free herself from her carrier. They eventually did get to taste the candy, and they loved it.
By the time the tide had receded from the rocks and left us sufficient beach for playing on, it was already 5pm. Read: no need to smear little bodies from head to toe in sunscreen.
The girls played and played and they loved it.
Libby wanted ALL of the sand.
A frightening amount of it ended up in her hair. It sort of coated her scalp in a layer of grey and looked... like some disgusting nightmare.
And true to Libby form, my requests to keep sand off heads were met with her demanding,
"Mommy! Watch! Watch!"
And dumping handful after handful of sand on her head with a cackle.
Verity felt inspired to taste the sand. She didn't like it.
And Libby clearly didn't grasp the concept of inedible sand, either. She tried it as a topping on both her strawberries and her salt water taffy. But she also didn't like it. There were many tears as that lost piece of taffy was thrown in the trash by her mean, mean, mother.
^^^I mean... seriously!! Look at all that sand!!^^^
The girls absolutely loved the water this time. Laughing hysterically with every wave that hit them. The water was freezing cold and there was seaweed everywhere, and they didn't care at all. They loved it.
I found a whole crab washed up on shore and we examined him, counting legs, imitating his pincers, as well as his funny walk. Then we tossed him to group of (rather aggressive) seagulls and that was the end of him. Verity was a little stunned... but she got over it quickly.
Eventually we packed up just as the sun was starting to set, and Libby got too tired to be cheerful. (Read: Libby got tired and turned into a defiant little monster.)
Just as I was feeling a little bummed that we don't get to watch the sunset over the ocean on the east coast, the sky turned pink, which then turned the whole ocean pink, and made for the most surreal natural beauty I've ever seen in real life.
"Mommy, look! The water's pink now!"
Verity never misses a detail. And I'm so glad she didn't miss this one! It was so peaceful and beautiful. And while my camera lens failed to capture the colors my eyeballs could see, photoshop was able to recreate it, and that is something really cool. I'm thankful for it.
And I'm soooo thankful to be near this beautiful ocean I love so much! Here's to a few more trips while we're here!