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I’m terrible at doing things spur of the moment, or going somewhere unprepared. Maybe terrible isn’t the right word, since I’ve been married to a spur-of-the-moment-guy for eight years now…I have gotten better. But it’s still difficult for me to commit to something that isn’t planned. Wednesday the kids had off school for Golden Week so we met some friends at a dog cafe (yes, that’s a thing! It was so cute!) for coffee and brunch.
It was pouring rain so our plans to let the kids and dogs play in the dog park next door were not going to happen. As the rain started clearing up we decided to drive down to the Seawall and walk around. We’d brought rain jackets and I had a change of clothes for all the kids in a bag in the car. I try not to go anywhere without that bag! It was barely sprinkling when we arrived at the beach and so we all piled out and our group leisurely made our way to the beach. Olivia and Cliff had a great time walking the dogs.
We settled on some steps in the sand and the babies started venturing out of their carriers and strollers.
Violet is always hesitant to play in the sand. She doesn’t quite like the feel of it (she may get that from her mom…)! After looking for coral pieces and shells and finding a few hermit crabs, the tide started going out quickly. Within an hour or so it had receded so far that it exposed numerous small “islands” of rock and coral covered in a beautiful carpet of bright green seaweed. The clouds also started clearing and it turned into a perfect afternoon!
We had such fun exploring the little tide pools. There were sea anemones tucked in every little nook and cranny. Tiny fish darted back and forth around the rocks. Hermit crabs and snails occupied countless beautiful smooth shells. Olivia and Cliff were having a wonderful time perusing the area.
Violet was very resistant to go into the water until we tried the tide pools.
I think she liked it better because the water was warmer in the shallow pools. There were some perfect little baby-bath-sized tide pools!
Eventually all three of the little babies had made their way to the same pool and sat together for a while. They were so cute to watch!
I managed to get a picture of all three of my crazy littles together (a rare thing for sure). Now to just get them to take pictures without peace signs! That’ll be the day!
I was reminded of how important it is to have an open mind and be willing to seek out adventure with our children. It definitely filled their souls to be in nature and to be explorers for an afternoon!