Once I get past the horror and disgust with myself for not noticing my very stubbly legs before I left the house, I convince myself to think "who cares?" and relax. So, besides the splendor of fantastic temperatures and the beauty of the ocean, I also notice many little things that makes a spur of the moment outing to the beach so wonderful. Here is my list in no particular order:
1. The conversation during the car ride. Along with singing to our favorite kid songs on the iPod, we exchange thoughts and observations.
Talia: "Did you know, the ocean was made from water a loooooong time ago?".
Quinn: "The ocean was around when the dinosaurs where here!".
2. Watching the pelicans fly in formation and seeing one break out and dive straight down with a big splash to catch a morning snack. It more than made up for those pesky sea gulls.
3. The sound of my kids squealing with delight as the waves catch their feet.
4. The sea lion (or seal?) that poked it's head up right in front of us for quite a while, like it wanted to watch the kids play, too.
5. Being able to read an entire magazine. Sadly, my Real Simple magazine goes back to July 2008...I'm very behind.
6. People watching.
7. Our appetites. What is it about the beach that makes people so hungry?
8. The escape of it all. Drive almost an hour and we got a total change of scenery and weather.
9. Knowing that playing at the beach is so timeless. Just like me and many many generations before me, today's electronic generation of kids still make sandcastles with moats, hunt for sand crabs and shells, play in the waves, and delight in the simple pleasures of the sea and sand.
(that's me to my mom's right in the green bikini and cousin Gina is posing on the left)
10. The soothing sound of the waves crashing and taking a few minutes to close my eyes and appreciate it all.