One of our summer bucket list items is "swim in the ocean", and Mom and Terry love St. Andrews as much as we do, so, even though they'd made a day trip there on their own already, we all piled in our cars and went off for a day at the beach.
Hang on, it's another long one!
There's a beautiful building at the entrance to the beach that has showers, bathrooms, changerooms, meeting rooms....it used to be open to the public and part of what made the beach fantastic. Sadly it was completely closed off and we were directed to change in a rather nasty port-a-potty thing. It was EWWWW. I very sincerely hope that the closure is temporary and that the new owners (Mariott) will have it open to beachgoers again soon!
Once we had our suits sorted and our spot on the sand staked out (except the men, they decided to sit in the shade and read) it was time for the water!
I have one mermaid...excuse me, sea otter, who is fearless in the water. She had leapt off the deep side of the floating dock before I even got down there. She makes me thankful for lifeguards, though it was almost low tide with the tide still going out, so it wasn't exactly deep.
Once everyone was happily in the water (except Grandma, who decided it was too dirty for her after being spoiled in Cuba this winter) I put my camera away and had a little swim time myself. It was wonderful! All I remembered from swimming in the ocean last was that it was cold and dirty and tasted terrible, but this time the water was nice and warm. Ok, it was dirty (seaweed city!) and it still tasted bad, but I floated so nicely! I really enjoyed playing around. Sweetpea and I started swimming together and I showed her how I could throw her if she stood in my clasped hands. I had tried to teach her a couple of years ago but either I wasn't doing a good job of teaching or she just wasn't ready...either way, it failed big time then. This time she got it on the second try. Her eyes lit up and she was hooked. I must have thrown her around for a half an hour or more. When I finally got tired and begged for a break I floated on my back, and she came and floated on top of me with a giggled "We're SEA OTTERS!!!". Funny girl. It was some seriously great one on one time.
Meanwhile, the men enjoyed the shade (smart, this Mama got a pretty good sunburn!) and Grandma guarded the beach.
The Boy tired of the water first and changed back into his street clothes. He bugged the Grandma a bit, he bugged the Daddy a bit, and then he noticed the playground behind the Daddy and set off to play. Once the Princess figured out what he was up to she charged off to play too. Sweetpea was having too much fun in the water to ever get out, but once I decided I couldn't throw her any more she came out to play too.
Eventually we needed to feed the masses, so we brushed off the sand, threw on some clothes, and headed into town in search of food. We ended up at the Lumberjack, a yummy little sandwich shop, where we enjoyed the cool ocean breezes and warm company found on the back patio.
When we finished eating we enjoyed wandering the town a bit and even doing a bit of shopping, but the kids' main focus was ICE CREAM. We satisfied that one with a twist, enjoying a spot of gelato before hurrying off to the aquarium to make sure we were on time for the seal feeding.
I told Mom she needs to use the "hair ornament" photo on the left as her new fb profile.
...and I think I've maxed out this post, just like we maxed out our day. We had pizzas and a salad bar once we finished up at the aquarium and went home. It was a very full and very fun day--hopefully a good one for Mom and Terry's last day with us.
PS. For those keeping track, we get to cross off "swim in the ocean", "play on 3 playgrounds" (this was our 3rd) and later that night, "have a board game night".