Friday, September 2, 2011

Through the Eyes of a Babe

I am winding down from a sand and sun induced high, the euphoric result of a full week spent on the beach with our little family of three. For an entire week, my days consisted of sandy toes, sunscreen, naps, and pool floats and ended with dinner that I was in no way responsible for preparing. Not a bad itinerary. 

Our last trip to the beach was for the wedding of close friends two years ago. We tacked on a couple extra days with some of the wedding party and were able to swing a long weekend. We were also celebrating my 25th birthday as well as the birthday of a friend. Needless to say, we had a good time. That trip included late nights out and late mornings in before making our way to the beach. The most important thing we carried to the beach each day was a cooler.

Fast forward almost two years to the date and we are carrying bags of items to the beach, the most important being the diaper bag and the flower float. We spent our days under the safe shade of an umbrella. We applied and reapplied sunscreen religiously. Our mornings started early and our evenings ended by 8:00. We spent the heat of the day cooling off inside. We took naps. It was certainly different.

But nothing in the world compares to watching your child feel sand for the very first time. Or watching her eyes widen with wonder as the tide washes over her tiny toes. I wouldn't trade our new beach experience for anything in the world. Our little beach baby turned 6 months old and had a blast splashing in her float or napping on her beach towel. At the end of our trip, we were tan, rested, and already planning our next getaway.

Life's little changes are often life's best rewards.

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