Some of our best days last summer were spent at Nahant Beach. Long, sunny, happy days with friends.
This year, the weather has been a little unpredictable so far, and we haven’t made it to the beach as often as I’d hoped. In fact, my younger two hadn’t been at all until last week when we took advantage of a sunny morning (before the rain returned in the afternoon) and arrived early to make the most of it.
My kids immediately made friends with a little girl and spent the rest of the morning building sandcastles, digging holes, making sand cakes and playing in the water.
I was incredibly happy to see my daughter play in the ocean. Last year she refused to go in to the sea at all. But, a year can make all the difference, and this time it was tough to get her out!
Playing in the sand keeps them occupied and gives me a chance to sit and actually enjoy the moment. As I sat, drinking tea, watching the water and listening to them chatter with each other and their new friend, I was struck by how lucky we are to get to spend the summer together.
I know that summers with kids can be long and hard work, but it’s absolutely worth it.
Having fun with my children over summer vacation is my absolute priority. The blog comes very much second (or fifth, or fiftieth) on my list. BUT, last summer I missed keeping a photo journal of our activities. It’s such a wonderful thing to look back on, and it is the reason I started writing this blog in the first place. These ‘Snapshots’ posts are a way for me to record the moments, but not feel obliged to write War and Peace. Capture the days as they happen. No SEO, no pinnable images, no stress. Just keeping those moments from running away.