Lily and Emmy can play in the sandbox at our playground for hours. They don’t even need real sand toys, just a stick and their hands will do the trick. So imagine their delight when we hit the beach!
My extended family has rented houses close to the beach one week out of every summer for as long as I can remember. It’s a wonderful family tradition that I love. The lakes and houses have changed over the years, but we have always met in Michigan.
This Lake Michigan beach is the one our family has come to for the past twenty or so years. I just love the dunes and the water and the beaches of Lake Michigan.
Just look at those chubby cheeks and chunky arms! (Ahem — look at the baby’s chubby cheeks and chunky arms!) Lily’s first trip to the beach was in 2005, and she loved everything about it. I can’t believe this chunky little baby will be graduating from preschool today!
Emmy’s first trip to the beach was not quite the same. She hated the sun screen, the sand in her eyes, the sand on her legs…and then her Uncle J took her out in the water. She LOVED the water! Emmy was not quite a year old on her first trip to the beach in 2008.
Last summer, both Lily and Emmy just loved playing in the sand and the water every day. We spent hours at the beach playing, walking, swimming, and picnicking.
This summer, we are breaking with tradition and having our family reunion in the mountains, so we’ll be doing our swimming at the neighborhood pool instead. I’ll miss the beach, but we’ll go back someday.
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