Summer Wrap Up Part Two

Grandma Kc wrote this on September 9th, 2014 27 Replies

The Beach

Amara Buried in the sand for the 3rd time that dayWe went to the beach a few times over the summer. I love having a beach buddy! We are so lucky to live where the beach is only 6 miles away and yet we don’t get there often enough. Amara loves playing in the water and she loves having me bury her in the sand. Which is then an excuse to get back in the water until she gets cold and comes back to be buried again so that the warm sand will warm her up! We take a lot of sand home with us. One of our beach trips was followed by her swimming lesson and she was exhausted by the time it was over. Below is a picture of how the beach usually looks when we go.

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach, CA on a typical August day.

As summer came to a close, we made a plan to meet my friend Mo and her two girls, who are Amara’s best friends at the beach. It was the Wednesday before school started and we had no idea when we made the plans that Hurricane Marie would be hanging off the coast. The day we picked was the highest surf and the strongest rip currents that Huntington Beach had seen in over 15 years. Amara and I arrived at the beach before our friends did and she immediately headed for the water. She was so excited that since she had just passed her swimming test she could really enjoy the ocean.

The waves were huge and they were loud. I had never seen them that high so before she even had a chance to get close to the water I told her she had to stay very close to shore. She was in the water for 2 or 3 minutes when the lifeguards pulled up and told us, we had to stay out of the water. It just wasn’t safe. She was so disappointed.

http://youtu.be/eHDLaE-F46g

Nevertheless, it was a beautiful day and Jenna had suggested we take the kites so as soon as Mo and the girls arrived the kite flying began. Amara was elated because she had never flown a kite at the beach before and she couldn’t get over how easy they went up and how long they stayed up! They went so high they ran out of string! She couldn’t wait to tell her parents about it when we got home! Between flying kites they built sand castles for the (My Little) Ponies they had brought with them. They took turns burying each other in the sand and then breaking free. We had a wonderful picnic lunch and while the girls really were disappointed, they couldn’t play in the water we did have a wonderful day.

It was another wonderful summer. I sure am a lucky Grandma!

You can read Part One of our summer here.

27 thoughts on “Summer Wrap Up Part Two

  1. Joyce

    Okay, I am dying to know if the kites escaped becoming tangled together?? I hope so, because if I ever was able to get one flying that high I’d be elated.
    The water puts on such a majestic show of strength and beauty. That power is one of the few things man can’t control – or mess up! The ocean just comes and goes as it pleases in its own rhythm. Beautiful!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      We only had 2 small kite catastrophes. One kite did get lose and I admit that Mo and I laughed as the girls chased it down the beach. They did catch the string. Later they had tied the kites to chairs and 2 of them did get tangled, the butterfly and the dragon. Took Mo and I forever to untangle them but we did succeed. Next time we will take extra string and some way to stake them in the sand. As for the Ocean, it really is so therapeutic to watch and to listen to. I do love the beach.

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  2. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    I had no idea how close you live to Huntington Beach, and to think I’ve even been there once! Those were some waves, and I love flying kites at the beach, but that picture with Amara buried with her sunglasses is absolutely wonderful. I love it! πŸ™‚

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Those were my sunglasses and that was the third time that I had buried her and the sun was right in her eyes! Amara isn’t great about bringing sunglasses with her.

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  3. Launna

    Kc, how fun does this look, I didn’t get Valentina to the beach this summer… and we are so close but it does require a car which I don’t have, hopefully next summer will be different. Valentina loves burying her feet and legs, not so sure she would go to her neck, Amara totally looks like she is having a ball πŸ™‚

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She really loves being buried like that and she will turn her head to each side so that I can make sure and completely enclose her in sand! When her 2 friends were with us they helped me bury her like that and we buried them but not nearly to that degree. Even they were surprised that Amara wanted to be buried like that.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Our beach sure looks different from the beach pictures you have posted from Florida. I bet Amara would love it there.

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  4. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    Those really ARE raging waves. Sheesh. I love watching the video, though. I don’t get enough water of any sort here in landlocked Colorado.

    Ah, the kites are AMAZING! Happy to know the girls had a great time despite the water not cooperating.

    Yes, you are indeed fortunate to live near the beach. Even more so to live near the beach AND Amara! ?

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I really am sorry for the girls that they couldn’t go in and get wet but I am so glad that we went and got to see it live. It really was a gorgeous day! And yes, I am really lucky to have both of them so close.

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  5. Stephanie Faris

    We’re going to Pensacola Beach next week and I’m SO excited! My clients have loaded me down with writing projects, so this week is a work nightmare. I’ll need the week off!!! I’m going to take a notepad and pen and sit by the pool and work on my new children’s book if I have an urge to write. Otherwise, I’ll be walking on the sand or hanging out in the heated pool all week. My husband’s worried we won’t have enough to do. Ha!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Sometimes men just don’t get it! Who needs much more than a heated pool and a walk or two on the beach except maybe one of those drinks in a pineapple or with a little umbrella. Hope you enjoy your trip and I hope you get inspired!

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  6. Sarah ~ Magnolia Surprise

    Looks like kites and pony sand castles made up for the rough waters! I’m glad y’all were safely on shore and away from the currents! I don’t think I’d care to be buried in the sand, but I know a certain little girl who would love it, along with Amara!!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You need to show Noli the picture of Amara buried in the sand and ask her if she would be willing to be buried that much! I love that she trusts me that much.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I dread the day that Grandma is no longer cool and she doesn’t want to spend her summer days hanging out on the beach with me. Going to soak up as much of her and the fun as I can while I can!

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  7. Sandy

    What a fun day at the beach even though you didn’t get to go in the water! That video of the waves was beautiful. Even when it’s angry, the ocean is very therapeutic. I could watch for hours!!

    The kite flying looked like so much fun! And I loved hearing the giggles on the video!!

    I bet the sand feels nice and cool to Amara’s body when she’s buried like that!

    Thanks for sharing your day with us!!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She could not wait to get in the door at home to tell Jenna all about how the beach was the best place ever for flying kites. This was exciting stuff! As for the sand, it is actually very warm and that is part of why she likes it. That water is NOT warm. On a normal beach day she would go play in the water for a while and when she gets tired or cold she comes back and wants to be buried in a warm blanket of sand. She looks so perfect laying there with my sunglasses on! I added them after I got her buried because she was staring straight up into the sun. Grandma’s Girl!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She is really hoping I will take her this weekend so she can play in the waves until she is exhausted — and after having been buried multiple times!

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  8. Catherine

    The beaches here were closed a few times for the same reason. It is amazing how powerful the currents can be, even with storms that seem to be far away.
    I love flying kites and have good memories doing the very same things with my daughter.
    I am sure the girls had a great time and a picnic lunch at the beach really can’t be better.
    Have a beautiful Sunday. Catherine xo

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      The kites certainly helped to make it a magical day and the view and the sound of that ocean was just amazing. Scary but amazing!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It is crazy how much she likes to be buried like that. I remember the first time she got me to do it. She loves being packed in there all solidly and then she will break out — such fun to watch!

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  9. Mary

    What a life! The beach is gorgeous and Amara is beautiful! I bet your daughter loves all the quality time you and Amara get to spend together. And another Star Wars fan?! I should show my boys that desert πŸ™‚

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