Every year, the ladies and the babies go the beach. Every year there is a baby who has never been to the beach and one pregnant mama. Every year, we only wear pajamas and swimsuits, spending all our time playing outside and eating simple, sweet toddler-friendly meals at the house. It's a sweet, sweet time. This was our fourth year. The first year, Henry was weeks old, so Susanna had to stay home, but Carter got his first taste of napping to the ocean waves lapping at the shore.
The second year, Henry got his first taste of saltwater and I ended up going into labor with Samuel two weeks after we came home. Last year, Samuel got his first year and thought the sand and water were made for him. A few months after coming home, Cora came. This year was her first year in the sand and we'll be welcoming Ella to the tradition soon.
It's fun to see the littles and their changes from year to year as they grow in their acceptance and enjoyment of the sand and salt.
It makes for good naps...most of the time :)
This was the first year the boys were old enough to really get excited about and help build sand castles. Truly, the two Castillo boys were much more excited about knocking them down, but Henry was patient in trying to teach them the merit of building something fun before smashing it to bits.
This year, Andi celebrated her birthday at the beach. We had grand plans of all eating Krispy Kreme donuts together after supper to celebrate. 2 of the 3 toddler boys chose major disobedience just before the treat and Cora was deemed too little for that level of sugar content, so Samuel was the only one to get the dessert. He couldn't of been happier.
This little lady enjoyed making us smile at her cuteness in the shade in between naps. Such a happy, content girl...she had plenty of big cousins to entertain her with their sandy antics.
If Samuel loved anything about this trip, it was surely these sunglasses. He hardly let them leave his face.
Henry and Carter had lots of important work to do.
These are the two big brothers of the crowd. Their favorite game is running, chasing and screaming together while Samuel narrowly avoids disaster in the fray. It's a sweet bond they share.