I love the salt water baking into my skin, the feel of sun-and-sand hair, the peacefulness of being sun-happy. Ahhhhhhh. I had marinated chicken for fajitas the night before, and when we got home to my house, we had a feast of fajitas, paella, homemade corn tortillas with homemade butter (YUM!), and non-alcoholic sangria. We topped it all off with a bonfire and smores. That is my idea of an after-beach meal, and it definitely tasted better after a day of physical play.
Kate absolutely LOVED every second of the beach, and I loved being with her. Her delight is my delight; my heart soars when hers does. Our bond is forever, two essences becoming one from the moment of her conception. I am not sure how one becomes a mother without suddenly grasping profoundly the meaning of eternity. Every experience in life is better with Kate to share it. I love being her mommy and watching her absorb beauty and adventure and life and to meet her world with passion.
Now for the pictures!
"Lookin' for adventure/Head out on the highway..." Kate looks at the palm trees and ocean from the sun roof....Beach Baby smiles at her surroundings...
Here comes a wave!
Contrary to what most of the pictures will suggest, Katie actually wore her swim vest most of the time in the water. We went swimming for three long sessions; only in the first did she not have it on. Most of the pictures were taken in the first session. Kate loved her swim vest, and I definitely felt better about her having it on. The sideways current was pretty strong, even near shore...
Fearless Katie reaches for the tide... There is no question that she would have run all the way out into the sea on several occasions. I love her lack of trepidation, love it...but I also am mindful about teaching her about the power of forces bigger than ourselves while inspiring in her a healthy and cautious awe.
Playing in the sand is so much fun!
We loved our colorful spot!