Well, I’m back after a week. (We sure do love the beach in the off-season.) And while it’s never great to be back from the beach, I think it’ll be nice to be back to our routine.
And also back to blogging again. I let everything come to a halt Sunday. It started with taking Instagram off my phone, then Facebook, and finally, I even opted out of blogging for the week.
I spend so much time analyzing, stressing, mulling it all over, and even just scrolling; like, an embarrassing amount. And it’s way too often that my family gets the short end of my attention span. So I decided the best way to spend the week was just to focus on them, and remove all distractions.
At the risk of sounding like the end of a Fuller House episode, I’ll say this: I can feel a mind shift as I’m leaving this week. It’s not something I can really explain or quantify. But I feel more myself, more mindful and in the moment, and even a little more confident. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that it’s happening after a week off social media, but I don’t think so. I think this might be the start of a trend – maybe not off completely, but a little more.
Anyway, along with some photos to document our trip, here are some pro tips for bringing your littles to the beach. It’s things we learned for ourselves as the week went on, things we wished we’d known from day one.
1. Take as little to the beach with you as possible.
At the beginning of the week, we had a cooler, towels, books. By the end of the week, our kids weren’t even wearing shoes, much less swimsuits. The after-beach burnout is real, and no one wants to lug all their stuff back up the beach and out to the car after it all.
2. Park by a hose and use the outdoor shower.
Oh, excess sand. It gets everywhere, and I mean everywhere. I think outdoor hoses and showers saved our rental home’s drains and washing machine.
3. Apply sunscreen before you get to the sand.
Speaking of sand – it also makes putting on creamy sunscreen impossible. Do yourself a favor and lather everyone up before the fact.
4. Sun hats – all day every day.
Enough said (but pick the ones that have straps for extra luck actually hanging on to them).
5. Bring everyone you know.
I’m kidding, sort of. But it’s a little nice to be able to get away just the two of you on your vacation, and to have family or friends who can take the kiddos. If it’s not possible, give each other some time off to get to the beach on your own. Vacations are busy and tricky and not as relaxing as they used to be, so take every bit of peace you can.