The beach!

Vacation: Day 9

We decided to go to First Landing State Park which has a beautiful beach.

It is an amazing site and the first landing spot for the Jamestown settlers.

We had a bit of a hike to get to the beach itself but there were spots along the way to catch your breath.

My mom is such a trooper. She has autoimmune diseases like me and just battled cancer but is determined to give her grandkids a grand adventurous vacation. I am so grateful for her support and love.

We had barely set down our stuff before the kids were in the water. Which, unlike the Pacific is warm!


This beach usually has no waves so this was a bit unexpected for us. The kids, however, loved it.


This poor dog was NOT having it and this woman spent an hour trying to change his mind. We had a lab like this and I alternated between laughing at his antics to avoid the water, and wanting to tell the woman to let the poor dog enjoy the beach without going in the water.

What would you have done? I had to keep an eye on the water kids so I really didn’t have time to engage with this woman to find out why she was doing this to the dog.

I was slathered I sunscreen, wore my hat and still managed to burn my back (mom sprayed me there, I blame her)

The worst was that I thought Nana put sunscreen on the kid’s face and she thought that I had. So, my babies ended up with a sunburn only on their faces.

THE GUILT IS REAL! I failed my babies.


But sunburns aside this day was magic. I made it into the ocean for the first time in decades.

Here are the salt curls to prove it! Lol

It was super hard to take pictures but I did my best. The beach is beautiful and I hope we make it back.


My little dude tried to body surf with me. My friendly little girl made friends with everyone and getting kids out of the water was almost impossible.

My sister made it there with her BFF who has a 3-year-old daughter too. They were adorable to watch play together on the beach!  I never managed to catch a picture of them that day, so here they are at the park, the love is real between these two.

And the baby loved some watermelon and sand.

She is so adorable and just turned nine months old!!!

I had a few moments when the kids were not in the water with me to just float and remember how much I used to love the ocean. It was so peaceful and almost spiritual.

It reminded me of the Dawson’s Creek marathon and the monologue that Jen made for her daughter.you to spend a lot of time at the ocean, because the ocean forces you to dream, and I insist that you, my girl, be a dream

… I want you to spend a lot of time at the ocean, because the ocean forces you to dream, and I insist that you, my girl, be a dreamer.

So, if you can, go dream at the ocean this year. Put it on your bucket list. It’s worth it, I promise.


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