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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A cautionary tale

Let me preface this story with an apology. We've been to the beach 6ish times this summer and this was the first (and last time we'll probably go this year) time I took the camera. You're not missing much. Sand. Water. Sun. You get the picture, right?

So, on to the story.
My sister, Rachel was in town and so we decided to head to the beach. It's the free-est thing we can take out-of-towners to do. And it's fun. Unless you're anal retentive about getting sand on you/in your car like a certain someone I'm married to. I digress.

The kids are actually really great at the beach. They play in the waves. They play in the sand. We have a couple of kid-sized boogie boards, so we feel they're relatively safe. They eat a lot of snacks and if you're Lucas, some sand too.

The kid is slightly obsessed with the sand. Slightly.

He likes to play with it, and has been known to attempt to eat entire fistfuls. Must be the salty grittiness he's in love with.

He spends his entire time at the beach bouncing between playing in the sand/shallow water and eating snacks from the cooler. What you see above is a combination of sand, Cheetos, and snot. Delightful, eh?

He also likes to pretend he can do headstands. Or something. We're not sure why he started doing this. But needless to say, his head gets quite uh... sandy.

Toward the end of our beach visit, I managed to get all the kids together-ish for a picture.

And Lucas threw sand at everyone. Abbie's expression sorta says it all, doesn't it?
Then Lucas proceeded to do his "headstand." Please make note of impending wave.

Yeah, those waves. They're merciless.

And really, nothing stings more than salt water and sand in your eyes.

Moral of this story:
a. no headstands on the beach
2. throwing sand will come back to bite you in the butt.
c. i have the cutest kids


Carley, John, Cohen, kennedy said...

love it.. super cute!! I think it is a youngin' thing to eat sand... Kennedy tries to eat sea shells covered in sand... so..

Jenny said...

The boys are pretty much the same at the "beach" here. They love the sand and don't flinch for a second when they drop part of their sandwich in the sand. 10 second rule right? And Lucas and Benton would get along well. They would spend the entire time throwing sand at eachother.

Char @ Crap I've Made said...

Man that looks fun!

Sabra at Sew a Straight Line said...

all three of mine have done the headstand thing. Jonas is just getting into it and actually made it all the way over, in a slow motion summersault, the other day.

Your kids ARE cute and I really want a beach!

Lee said...

Jealous of the beach. And your kids are pretty darn cute!

sheri said...

Fun! Well, for you. Did you know I've not taken my kids to the beach in TWO years? I mean, Kyle's gone with Lukas many times, but that's it. I HATE sand. And I hate chasing Kelly the entire time. And my kids have no fear of the water, so playing in the shallow part doesn't cut it for them. And I hate sand. Did I mention that?
But maybe next year I'll be a better mom and take them. At least once. For the photo op.

Melinda said...

Yeah, your kids aren't too bad looking. Lucas doing little headstands is hilarious!

Maleen said...

Oh to have a beach nearby. Although I think they made one somewhere around here that isn't supposed to be too bad. We'll have to find it next year.
My kids however would probably not do the sand in their food thing too well. Yesterday June threw away apple slices that had touched the grass. I tried to explain the ten second rule but it may have fallen on deaf ears.

La Yen said...

Gravy, your family is cute. You owe it to the world to have AT least twelve more. Starting after this next one.

Wife of dastew said...

Only on your kid would the combination of sand, cheetos and snot be that cute.
Is the beach open around Thanksgiving?

Anonymous said...

Poor Lucas!!! Hope he's feeling better!

ba and the boys said...

great memories!

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