Where I grew up, we have very hot summers. We mostly spent the three months of that blistering weather on the beaches that surrounded us, man made of course, but they are beautiful beaches nonetheless. Swimming in lakes and rivers was also a huge part of my childhood.
Being home now with my kids a little older this visit, it has been a none stop adventure of showing them all the amazing places and things I used to do. My childhood memories turning into their own childhood memories which is so emotional and amazing to watch.
One specific beach, Sandpoint Beach is where I spent the majority of my baby, toddler, childhood, teenage years in summer. It’s right in the heart of the town and two minutes walk to all the local boutiques and restaurants. It has been updated and cleaned up a lot since I was there too which was a great bonus. The jungle gym is all new and twice the size it used to be. There are kiddy pools, tennis courts, ice cream and food huts, and the white sand! Nothing beats good sand on a beach. Not mini pebbles but true soft sand between your toes.
Missy Moo was ever so excited for her bestie, Kinley to join her on the beach. Kinley is the daughter of my best friend R, who I have been close with my entire life, she is more like a sister to me. I have blogged about her before and how we had our daughters on the same exact day! What are the odds? Now, our daughters can become best friends as we did and neither of them need encouragement to love each other. It’s a friendship made in heaven right from the start just like their Mommas.
As usual it’s always hard to get the tots to be cooperative for a family photo. I would highly recommend recruiting extra hands when having a toddler and a baby at the beach. I was a lifeguard for five years and the skills they taught us never fade away nor does the caution. I was a nervous wreck watching Buba freely belly flop in and out of the deep water and Missy Moo trying to jump out of my arms to swim like her brother. I definitely will be bringing a life jacket with me next time and some help.
Buba was in heaven as much as his mother was to be at the beach on such a sunny summer’s day with his sand bucket and shovel in tow. The water was refreshing from the heat. I love how the sand slowly flows out into lake so the deep water is a bit further out. It allows Buba to be able to wade out to his waste without being too deep, too soon.
I have so many special memories of me doing this very thing with all my cousins. We used to have contests to see who could build the biggest sandcastles and whose was the most creative. We would dig mini lakes along the shore line so water would come in and out of mini tunnels we created. Our creativity was endless and we never got bored of the beach.
The views are stunning too. Normally on a beach you look out into the ocean which is beautiful but this beach has gorgeous mountains all around it and sailboats everywhere. The houses along side this lake are to die for too. We are talking mansions galore looking over the lake.
After a gorgeous morning building sand castles, swimming in the lake, and catching up with our friends it was picnic time. The kids love a good picnic but they were even more impressed with a beach picnic. Eating their lunch with sand still between their toes and looking out into the water.
We had a few more splashes in the water before it was nap time. Thank goodness for the snooze shade. Keeps the sun out and the air flowing. Something I would highly recommend to anyone traveling with kids especially in the sun.
While the kids took their stroller naps, R and I decided to have a ladies lunch over looking the water. The food was great and we may have even enjoyed a nice icy glass of Silver Caddy Margaritas! It wasn’t long before the kids figured out their mommies were enjoying themselves and woke up to join in.
After lunch we strolled around the town, checking out the little boutiques. There is a bridge you cross that now has steel trout figures swimming along it. They have really updated the town as much as they have the beach. There are corky, artist crafts all over like the arch you see below made completely out of old road signs. It wasn’t long before it was time to hit the beach again and enjoy a nice ice cream cone for a perfect end to our amazing beach day. It was Buba’s first ever, whole ice cream cone and Missy Moo’s first few licks of ice cream along side Kinley.
Buba took to the jungle gym while the girls played in the sand one last time exploring the water edge. Overall it was a fantastic day at the beach with our best friends. A day trip that we will continue to take over and over while we are here in the states. There is nothing better then fun in the sun, at the beach, together as a family. Mr P gets here Sunday and we are so excited to take him to the beach with us. What’s a beach visit without a baby being throw in the air? Missy Moo absolutely loved it as did Mommy listen to her squeal in delight!
It’s safe to say my kids are beach babies just like their Momma!