We had the best time at the beach. It was so nice for it to just be the four of us and do our own thing. BB was overjoyed with every aspect of the trip. When we first got to the beach, she was facinated with everything. She loved the sand and loved for her feet to "sink" into the sand at water's edge when the waves would wash over them. At first she would hold Dickie's hand and just laugh and squeal when the waves would wash in. Then, she got more brave and didn't need a hand. The first splash in the face was hilarious, too. She was shocked that the water was salty. Then, she discovered the shells. She was obsessed with finding more and more! She used her net for a while and then it became a game of whether she could reach down and get the shells before the wave splashed her in the face. It was so much fun for all us. Reed was such a good big brother. He hung out with her the whole time just about. They swam and floated, built sand castles, dug trenches, dug for shells, hunted for sand crabs at night.....it was a blast. He even did what most brothers do and dumped her off of her float. She quickly insisted he not do that again.
We even came home with 3 new pets. More on that later. I need to take pictures and post that later. This was an added thrill....since she has been asking about a new pet since the day she moved in.
No matter what happens in the future, the memories of this trip will be with us forever. I cherish my memories of childhood vacations. I know she will, too. Hopefully we will make many more vacation memories in the years to come.