When we arrived at the beach no one else was there yet, so we just walked around and kind of looked around a little for a spot. Cynthia was wanting a fire pit, but the beach was so busy that there were none available. Jeremy managed to save the day. He looked over and noticed a guy by a fire pit who looked like he was putting things away and gathering his stuff. Jeremy ran over there quickly and asked him if he was leaving and if we could have that spot. The guy didn't speak much English and it took a little bit of charades. Finally they came to the conclusion that yes, the guy was leaving, and yes Jeremy could have that spot. YAY! We started to set up immediately in case someone else tried to take our spot.
This is the beginning of the setup.
The kids wasted no time in pulling out the toys and putting them to good use in the sand.
As more people arrived, our little set up grew and expanded and grew and expanded.
Everyone worked to get supplies to the spot. Robert is making good use of his muscles here.
From the look on Samantha's face, she wasn't quite expecting the flavor she received from the veggie dip.
Here is what we liked to refer to as our "tent city". We ended up with tons of umbrellas, chairs, and stuff everywhere. It turned out really nice to have so many places for everyone to be and so much shade too.
Athena and Samantha really loved being by the water on this trip. Unfortunately our tent city was a looooong walk from the water's edge, so once you took the walk you were committed to be there for quite awhile. If you took the walk back to our little city, you were committed to stay in the shade witha chair for awhile. The girls took advantage of being at the water any chance they got when adults were travelling there.
Nathan enjoyed running from the water. He spent a couple hours running from the waves. Endless fun.
Alexandra didn't like it so much. The water was too cold for her liking. It was too cold for my liking too. I'm content to sit and watch the water and listen to the waves for hours.
Samantha liked to fill her bucket with water and come dump it on the sand. Illustrated below:
Although Alexandra didn't like the water, she did LOVE the sand. She was covered from head to toe in sand for most of the day. In this picture her leg almost blends in with the beach. You can't tell where one begins and the other ends because she is so dirty.
Check out her eyes too. I couldn't keep the sand out of her eyes. I'd clean them off and she would rub them again with her super sandy hands. It must be so difficult to be a baby.
Nathan is so cute marching in the water. He just had a blast all day long. Out in the water is Denise, Robert, Jeremy, and Jacob. A lot of the men, including Jeremy, spent a couple hours together boogie boarding.
More stuff to do. Dig, and dig, and dig, and dig, and dig. Go get water. Dig, and dig, and dig.
I love the beach. It's constant entertainment and very relaxing. I like this picture because almost everyone deserted the tent city and came to the water all at once. I captured many of my family in this photo.
This is Hailey. She is a real cheeser and loved to hang around me as I sat and took pictures. She was being really cute. :)
Pictures, everyone? Smile, now you smile.
We went back to the tent city for lunch - yummy grilled hamburgers and hotdogs - and the kids just kept right on digging.
One of Alexandra's favorite things to eat at the fire pit was charcoal. I couldn't keep it out of her mouth! There were little pieces of it all around buried in the sand and I think she managed to find at least 1/2 of what was there and try to eat it.
The 2 pregnant sisters here are braving the heat and the elements.
More action in the tent city.