Every year I am amazed at how fearless the kids are in the waves, especially Jadyn who may be younger but is definitely the thrill seeker between the two.
Different reactions upon being told to get out so we could get back for lunch.Jadyn says, "That was fun!"
Jake says, "Do we have to get out and why are you taking my picture again?"
And every year I am amazed at how many ways the kids can have fun at the cove. Splashing in the water, making friends,playing catch with a variety of balls and frisbees, finding and examining various crabs and seashells and making sandcastles. Furthermore, since we have little to worry about with the kids in the calm water of the cove, Joe and I can sit back, relax and enjoy a good book (Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was my official beach read for 2012).
Jadyn ratting out Daddy who buried her legs in the sand:
Jake showing off his sand castle, which looks a lot like a scene from Star Wars to me:
But by far, the kids favorite part of going to the beach has nothing to do with getting wet. It's taking morning or evening walks along the rock jetty, going beyond where the gravel path has been destroyed by endless beatings of "mad waves" as Jake likes to call them, climbing the rocks and looking for treasures, enjoying the view. I guess you can take the kids out of the desert but you can't take the desert out of the kids. Rock climbing will always be at the top of their list. At least we got a break from the 100+ degree temperatures of the desert, which had heat advisories the whole week we were gone. Meanwhile, we had to wear our sweatshirts in the earlier evening because to us at least, the ocean breeze was chilly!