Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Beach babe

When I was younger we spent a lot of time with our grandparents who lived at the Gold Coast, so naturally some of my fondest childhood memories involve the beach. They were lucky enough to live within walking distance of two beaches - the calm beach and the surf beach (thats what me and my brother called them). The surf beach was a proper beach and the calm beach was more a river with a bit of sand. We used to dig up pippies at the surf beach and then use them as bait to catch fish with our hand reels at the calm beach.

I liked the calm beach the best as it had lots of shallow clear water so I could walk out up to my knees without being scared. We could see the fish swimming past our feet and all the shells in the water. It also didn't have waves unless a boat went past, which was good because I was petrified of the waves. We spent everyday at one of the beaches when we were visiting Grandma and Pa.

My affinity for the beach continued as I got older. Before we had bub T and I used to spend as much time as possible at the beach. Pretty much every weekend we'd either travel up or down the coast to spend the day at the beach. We went to so many different beaches. All of our holidays (even our babymoon) were always near a beach. There's nothing more relaxing than spending the day soaking up the vitamin D and listening to the calming sound of the ocean rolling in and out.

{most of our beach photos involve us making silly faces at each other}


With beach loving parents like us there was never any doubt that bub would turn out to be a little beach babe herself. We had a bit of a hiatus from the beach for a few months after she was born because it was winter and she was just too little to go to the beach. But now that she's older we're hitting the beach even more than before. At least her and I are (thankyou maternity leave), but we still go with daddy too when we get the chance.

Her first trip to the beach was when she was ten months old. She instantly loved it. What baby doesn't love the awesomeness of sand? So many new textures to explore and experience. It was such a delight seeing the beach through a child's eyes again.



The times we've been to the beach since then she's been a bit scared of the water so we've just stayed on the sand. This past long weekend we went on a family trip to Bribie with bub and her cousins and purely by chance we found a really shallow calm bit of water. This time she loved it. I'm pretty certain she's just scared of the waves, not the water. She's definitely my daughter.








She loved playing in the water with the girls, especially once they discovered they could splash each other. She sat down in the water a few times and had one spectacular face plant, but it didn't phase her at all. In fact she didn't want to get out, but once she was thoroughly soaked I decided she'd had enough and needed to get out of her wet clothes. So then of course she was happy roaming the sand with daddy in her nappy until we left.




Do you love the beach too?


Toni x

Linking with Jess

24 comments:

  1. I do love the beach - so much so that I can't imagine not living without it. I've lived in Byron Bay for more than a decade now, and have become very spoilt!

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    1. Byron is actually one beach I haven't been to yet, but I so want to go there. One day we will get there hopefully.

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  2. I'm not a huge fan of the beach, but only because of the sand! And I do prefer the calm water, so when we stayed at Waikiki in Hawaii the beachfront near our hotel was awesome because it was flat water so we could just float around and relax for hours. We haven't taken Zee to the beach yet, the first time we were there she was not quite 4 months old so she didn't really do anything but sleep in the Ergo while everyone else played, but we plan on taking the girls down the coast for a week after Punky's birthday so we can introduce her to it properly. Punky is a total water and beach babe, and she has absolutely no fear of the waves whatsoever, she rushes head first towards them, even at only 14 months old, much to my horror!
    (Visiting on behalf of #teamIBOT today x)

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    1. I'm kind of glad she has a fear of the waves because it means I don't have to totally freak out when I take her to the beach by myself. I don't need that sort of stress, I'd probably never take her if I had to worry about that happening.

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  3. I have a strong connection to the ocean. I can wait to take Moo for her first trip :)

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    1. I'm sure Moo will be a beach baby too if you love the ocean :)

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  4. That last photo is gorgeous. She looks as though she was having an amazing time. I can see there will be lots of beach holidays for you all in the future. I'm a massive fan of the beach too and grew up with lots of beach holidays too. I can't wait to do that with the kids. Dave keeps threatening camping though. Nooo!!!

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    1. Yep she certainly had fun, was not a fan of going home. Nooo beach holidays all the way, camping is not a holiday! Its ok if you're in your early 20's and go in a big group, but I imagine it would'nt be as fun with kids, especially when they get bored.

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  5. Oh wow what absolutely gorgeous photos!!! I love them. I live really close to the beach and grew up going there all the time - there is nothing better than a bit of fresh sea air!! Your kids are so, so cute!!

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    1. We live about half an hour from the beach but its totally worth the drive. Only the little one is mine, the other two are her cousins :)

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  6. We love the beach! I'm so looking forward to summer and just spending days out there having fun. It's the best

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    1. At least the beaches won't have crocs now. I don't know how you were brave enough to go anywhere near the water in Darwin.

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  7. The beach is totally my happy place, it calms me and is the place where I do most of my reflecting on life! My two oldest are water babies but my 3yo had a near-drown thing going on so is freaked away the water/beach. We're working on it at our home pool

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    1. Your so lucky to live at the GC Emily having so many beaches so close. Hopefully his fear of water will improve as he gets older and spends more time in the water. I had a near drowning experience in a pool once and I'm not scared of pools, but I'm still scared of the waves in the ocean.

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  8. I've never been a huge beach goer but my husband and I really enjoy swimming at the ocean baths here in Newcastle. It's not as crowded as beach and is calm and just perfect on a hot day. The kids still complain about the saltwater in their mouth but the little bit of extra buoyancy in salt water has given them more confidence to practice their swimming. While I'm not a huge get in the water beach fan I do LOVE walking along the beach - always beautiful and centering for me!

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    1. I wish we had an ocean pool at some of the beaches close to us. There's one up the coast and my grandparents used to have a holiday unit up there and the ocean pool was the best part about going on holidays up there. I loved it because it combined going to the beach and swimming, but I didn't have to be scared of the huge waves in the water.

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  9. I love the beach but we spend a lot of time at the river so I don't go to the beach as often as I would like. I love your family shots in this post - photos to treasure.

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    1. Oh if we had a close river that was suitable for playing or swimming I'd be doing that as well as the beach. The one near us is really deep and has no real sand or edge to it (plus I'm pretty sure there'd be bull sharks in it so there's no way I'm going in there).

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  10. Oh man the beach is my tonic and I cannot imagine how I would cope with stress in life if I didnt have the beach to escape to. xx

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  11. I'm not a fan of the beach. I'm more a rolling hills and dense trees type of person. Like you, I'm not a fan of waves. I think that growing up in Darwin meant I never experienced a real beach till I was a teenager, and by then the damage was down.

    Though, I have great memories of introducing each of my children to the beach. As you say, it is really nice to see the world through their eyes.

    Thank you for linking this up to #thankfulthursday xS

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  12. Aww, she definitely looks like she's having fun! I grew up by the beach--not a tourist beach but a fisherman beach, so we could always watch the men at work--and although I'm not a good swimmer I do love hanging out there, it's beautiful!

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  13. Beautiful family you have and your girl is so cute! I love, love, love the beach and this post make me even more eager for my vacay to the beach at the end of this month.

    Visiting from SITS. Have a lovely weekend.

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