My family and I are planning a weekend trip to the beach later this month. Usually by this point in the summer season we have already been to the shore more than once. (It’s so close by!) But this year life has gotten in the way. Thus far, our Saturdays and Sundays have been filled with home projects that just couldn’t wait, children’s birthday parties, and the weddings of friends. All good fun in their own right, but to me it’s not officially summer until I’ve let the ocean breeze make a mockery of my hair and sand has invaded everything we own.
Our vacation is still in the planning stages. My husband and I are deciding which beach we like best and debating whether we want to spring for oceanfront or save a little cash and stay across the street. I’m taking stock of our beach necessities — swimwear, sand toys, sunblock — and making a list of what we have left over from last year and what needs restocking.
I’m also making a list of the things I want to do with the kids while we’re there. Sometimes vacations as a parent can seem like more work than rest and relaxation. I have to remind myself to slow down. Forget the stress and enjoy the simple things.
Here are just a few things on my beach day to do list that I hope will make this vacation one of the most memorable yet for our family:
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