Beachy Keen

Yesterday, we decided to go to the beach to watch the sunset with the kids, and I wanted to get some cute pictures of them playing in the sand. We surprisingly got a close parking spot, which was very nice because Mr. Whiney Pants still can’t handle too much walking on his poor wittle toe. I had Atticus in the Ergo, and Bea was in a Baby Bjorn on Monte. As we neared the steps to walk down to the sand, Monte looked at me and asked “Where are you going?” I was a little thrown off “Um, down to the shore, what do you mean?” he then responded, “I don’t want to get my (broken toe boot thing) shoe dirty on the sand” I stared at him for a moment, still confused, “When I said ‘let’s go to the beach and watch the sunset’, what part of that translated to ‘from the pier’? We always go down to the sand when we come to the beach. Can’t you just rinse the sand off the thing?” He shakes his head. “Well, take the boot off then, weirdo.” He looked at me like I was asking him to lick white dog shit on the boardwalk. Basically we both had the same look on our faces, and neither one of us was going to budge. Since we were racing the sun, I just told him to hand over Bea, and I’d trek down to the sand with the kids by my lonesome.

So there I was, carrying two babies, diaper bag, and giant camera while trudging across the sand. Aurora was crying and begging me to carry her because it was “too hard to walk”, and I obviously didn’t have enough kids in my arms. Ariel was skipping along beside me, like the perfect little sunflower that she is. When I completed the 100 yard journey to the shore, I plopped the babies down, and the girls started digging in the sand. Whew. The light was fading fast. Mental note: next time, arrive at the beach when the sun is actually above the horizon line, not below.
The girls ran down towards the water, and I started to get a little nervous, so I scooped up the babies and ran down to join them. Holding two 17 lb. babies while trying to take pictures of the girls frolicking along the shore, with our giant heavy camera, is no easy feat. If I tried to put the babies down, they cried (plus I was scared of a big wave sweeping them away), but I didn’t want to set them down too far behind me because I am paranoid about kidnapping, plus Atticus had already eaten his fair share of sand a few minutes earlier and he didn’t really need any more. I could see Monte watching us from the pier above. Damn toe. Suddenly a wave swooshed up and knocked Ariel down in the water. SHIIIIT! What do I do now? Horrible images flooded my mind. I had the babies in both arms, and I couldn’t set them down. Damn toe. Ariel manages to climb out and cries “My princess sandals are gone!” Great. “We’ll get you new sandals!” Just then, we see one wash up on shore and Ariel runs down to get it. Then, a good samaritan finds the other and brings it to her. I hear “Ooh, ah, eeh, ahh, oooh, ah, eeeh!”, and I look up to see Monte hobbling towards us in the sand… holding on to his precious bootie.

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  1. Kim | 26th Jan 11

    As always thanks for sharing your beach/sunset outing with us, made me smile and chuckle at the same time. Glad Monte decided to hobble on down and join you and the kids on the sand. What a nice way to end your day on the beach and watching the sunset. Your pictures are so precious and your family is adorable.

  2. kmd54 | 26th Jan 11

    He was protective of his foot at the Mint, pressing the footboards with his good foot while standing on the boarded foot. I was hoping he would stay upright.

  3. kmd54 | 26th Jan 11

    Hope he got home with Atticus' hat. Did it fit?

  4. Cangal 39 | 26th Jan 11

    wow, you certainly don't need to work out! lol @ "damn toe" *hugs*

  5. hannab2 | 26th Jan 11

    "Ariel was skipping along beside me, like the perfect little sunflower that she is." What a precious description! And that pic of your drama queen Aurora is funny! I have a pic of my high maintenance daughter at the same age with the same expression on her face!

    Monte does have to be careful of that toe but your stand-off made me laugh! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  6. treesflowersbirds | 26th Jan 11

    You know, perhaps he needed to SEE you in action by yourself juggling all the kids in order to realize that you were right all along to ask him to just take off the damn boot for a few minutes!! Sometimes men need the visual proof eh?

    Gorgeous shots despite the drama getting there. The skies have been gorgeous here in San Diego too during this warm spell.

  7. becca | 27th Jan 11

    what beautiful pictures of the children and the horizon. i love the way you write and describe things you are really very poetic with your words. Great visual of Ariel your perfect little sunflower. i'm glad the trip worked out for you and very happy that Mr. Whiney Pants came to your rescues though i'm sure being the awesome mom you areyou had it under control. keep the great stories coming they are wonderful.

  8. Dannie | 27th Jan 11

    wow you really should go into some sort of journalism. this is hilarious and very descriptive. You all are so entertaining and down to earth. I like Monte but men are such big babies. They could never endure the pain that we do as women. Look forward to the next blog.

  9. Carrie | 27th Jan 11

    Thank you so much for sharing!!! You crack me up with every post. As a mom of "only" twins (no older siblings) and lucky to have a hands-on dad that doesn't travel, I still feel your "pain"/humor with every post. Your pictures on the beach are gorgeous!!!!! Your description of the "stupid toe" is HILARIOUS! I'm glad Monte was able to watch you juggle the kids as capably as you do every other day and throw in the camera this time.

  10. cynthia | 27th Jan 11

    "Lick white dog shit on the BoardWalk" ….Hilarious!! Crying over here… You and the kids are so entertaining… I'd give anything to be a fly on the wall at your home. XO Rock On Lisa!

  11. aryan | 27th Jan 11

    I am so glad I discovered your blog. I'm bookmarking it and will be back!

  12. Allison Horton | 29th Jan 11

    I can relate…the exchanged looks, the I'll do it myself attitude and the giant camera. A lot of work but you have the pictures and now a story to go with it…mission accomplished. Enjoyed the post 🙂

  13. a blogger | 30th Jan 11

    You guys are a miracle family. If I were you, I wouldn't even have been able to take my kids to the beach without having a nervous breakdown over the possibility that all 4 kids would drown or choke on dog shit or something.

  14. Nick Jacobs | 15th Sep 11

    I've been trying to find the cheapest airline tickets for a great family trip for our kids this fall. Has anyone had any luck with finding good deals on family resorts and air travel?

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