Each year we descend on my parents’ house in the west coast woodlands of America. We bond with family, catch up with friends, and make summer memories to remember. Each week while we are there we make sure to take a trip to the City Beach. I have so many memories here as a child myself, I really want my kids to share that same childhood summer memories. There is no better feeling than the sun on your back and your toes in the sand. I am so relieved my kids love the water as much as I do. Mr P is learning to love it too.
We have had friends and family days at the beach over the summer playing with extended cousins, learning how to paddle board or catching up with friends that live far away that came to visit. It’s the perfect catch up and meeting place. There is so much for the kids to do on the beach, playground and let’s not forget an ice cream cone or two. This year was so much better than last year as the kids were more confident in the water and older so I felt more confident about having two at the beach with me.
You can tell at the beginning of our trips we are all pasty white which really makes me laugh and over the course of our two month family vacation, we have all turned golden brown, blonder hair, and more mature, well the kids not so much me. lol Daddy came to the beach with us, childhood best friends spend the summer on the beach with us, aunts, uncles and cousins came to play in the sand and even a close friend drove 14 hours to spend the weekend at the beach with us too. I am forever grateful for how much effort everyone makes to come make memories with us each year. I owe them all so much in return. The kids always feel so loved and at home here in America. Here are our few our favorite beach day memories in America.
(photo packed below)We are childhood best friends, our fathers are best friends, and now our daughters (born on the same day) are best friends. It’s so hard to spend the summers with these two and then have to wait another year before we see them again. I wish it always could be all of us together. We don’t have much time left here and we are making the most of it by seeing each other as much as possible. I will miss them so much when I return to the UK. I already can’t wait to be back next summer to be with them again. They do so much for us and we don’t go a day or two without being together in the summer. We have so many life long memories together that will never be forgotten. I couldn’t have asked for a better best friend by myself going through life together, even if it’s an ocean away. I can see us both old and grey and still laughing about silly things we used to get up to. The more we went to the beach the more confident the kids got in their swimming and venturing out. Our City Beach is awesome because it is shallow and very gradually gets deeper and deeper which makes great water play for toddlers without going over the heads. I could really see how much it helped the kids get to know waves and when a boat went by they learned quickly it will knock them over. We spend so much time outdoors in the fresh air this summer, I feel our batteries are all recharged for the long winter ahead. May it be enough to last until we see the sun again. The kids loved playing with all their cousins as much as their friends. I hope each year we will continue to come here and spend quality time with family. Their cousins are all starting to get to that age they want to babysit and help out with the kids which is amazing too. I love watching them all bond and grow together each summer. My close friend came over from Seattle to stay with us and we hit the beach for a weekend of fun in the sun. At 30 weeks pregnant I can’t believe she made the 14 hour + drive with her toddler in tow, to see us and it meant the world we got more time with them both this summer. The boys really hit it off and were splashing, swimming and playing with their cars none stop. It was sad to say goodbye to them when they had to go home. I had a blast catching up with one of my closest friends from Seattle where I went to university. It’s great when you get to mixed your hometown life with your university life as mine our states apart. She makes that long journey each year to see me and I fly over to see her, each year and she is such a great friend and one I will always be here for.These two make my heart melt and their bond and love has grown so much over this summer. They have had to rely solely on each other a lot more here with no swimming, music, and nursery classes to socialize at. Lately, they are completely inseparable more than ever. I caught them walking around the water edge holding hands and talking about sandcastles. It was the cutest moment ever and I wish I could have caught their facial expressions here but I didn’t want them to see me. You can see in their shadow they are holding hands and the corner of their mouths smirking. Whatever it was, it was fun together.Our very last visit and photo on the City Beach this year. We say goodbye to the beach along with family and friends this next week then we will be back in the UK. I hope to bottle up all the sunshine and hot weather and bring it back with us. I can’t forget all these amazing memories we have made this summer. It’s truly been the best summer ever. I hope the kids can remember pieces of it too.
Until next year…