The Beach

Grandma Kc wrote this on March 19th, 2014 24 Replies

Amara and her Daddy had barely gotten in the front door last Saturday night when Amara turned to me and asked, “Can we go to the beach tomorrow?” I was so surprised by the question I said to her, “Where did that idea come from?” “From my brain”, she grinned as she pointed to her head! She can be so silly! I told her that as long as we woke up to the weather they were promising we would go.

As I cooked dinner she talked on and on about My Little Ponies. She had spent the afternoon at a birthday party and was now completely wound up on sugar! When dinner was finally ready, the three of us settled down to watch the second Hunger Games. We had watched the first one together last weekend and since Amara has now read all of the books she helped to fill us in on what had been changed and what had been left out — but no spoilers allowed. We took a break about half way through the movie to make Jiffy Pop together. Amara had never made Jiffy Pop before and like any child, seeing that aluminum foil pan unfold was nothing short of amazing. I had forgotten how much better Jiffy Pop is than regular microwave popcorn. Amara loved it!

When the movie was over and we had gone through all of the usual bedtime rituals, she fell asleep in less than 2 minutes! I had to go back into her room to get my robe and I woke her up! I asked her about it the next day and she thought she had been sleeping for hours when I came back! She never moved again until about 7:30 Sunday morning.

We were ready to go to The Beach! We packed peanut butter sandwiches, apples and potato chips; threw in a blanket, towels and sunscreen; grabbed our waters and were off! It was going to be about 88° at home and the perfect 72° at the beach. We even had fun on our drive there. Amara told me how she wants to live by the beach someday. As we got closer, she rolled down her window to see if she could smell it yet. It is only 15 miles to The Beach but it seemed to take us forever to get there! We were very excited!

There was almost no one at The Beach when we first got there. By the time we left there were a few more but not many! Amara immediately ran for the water – which I must tell you was really cold unless you were under the age of 10! She is fearless and had a blast being hit by waves, which were just beautiful. We watched huge flocks of pelicans skim the water. I was hoping this meant we would see the dolphins running, too. The weather was perfect and we could even see Catalina Island off in the distance. She did a report on the Channel Islands a few months ago and her Mommy and I had introduced her to the song “26 Miles Across the Sea” so seeing Catalina made more of an impact this time.

She took time out from playing in the waves to collect shells and to carve herself a sand chair. I liked it so much she made me one, too! By then she had the attention of two other kids playing in the sand. The next thing I knew the four of us were having fun burying the three of them in the sand – turning the two girls into mermaid! Another boy and his Mom and Grandma arrived and those four kids had the best time just playing in the sand. Complete strangers and not a screen in sight!

We only stayed about 3 hours but they were three wonderful hours! As we left I said to Amara “This day was almost perfect.” “What could have made it more perfect Grandma?” “Seeing the dolphins.” “Then we just have to come back again.” It was then that she announced that we needed to do this every time she spends the night – but she quickly revised that to every other time! We had skipped making pancakes to go to The Beach and you can’t do that all the time!

I think I was wrong. I think we did have the perfect day. Maybe next time we will take a kite!

24 thoughts on “The Beach

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I have always been a beach person but Amara’s Mommy is not so I finally have a beach pal!

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  1. Joyce

    Your slide show is wonderful! Makes me feel as if I am right there with both of you! What a heavenly setting. You picked a wonderful place to live! But something tells me that your little team would find fun and happiness even in the middle of Antarctica!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      A lot different than the beaches in Michigan! I wish you could hear the waves. I will post video next time as you will be surprised. I think back to being at Ludington – completely different!

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  2. Cranky Old Man

    What a perfect day indeed.

    When I was 5-9 My dad had a 32′ boat and the family went to Catalina island several times a month. It was a 3+hour putt putt as the boat was not very fast but what a paradise that island was (almost 60 years ago) crystal clear water you could see bottom at 20 feet. Dad dove and brought up dinner many days. Rock lobster and abalone were plentiful plus whatever fish we could catch.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am embarrassed to say that I have never been to Catalina! I’ve never been across the border to Mexico either but there is still time! I can’t imagine how beautiful the water and the island must have been back then. I didn’t come to southern California until I was almost 13 and it amazes ME how much things have changed. You were lucky to be here that young.

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  3. debra@ HOMESPUN

    love the slide show!! It does look & sound like a perfect day.

    Well, I have not read the Hunger Games but loved the first movie and when I saw the 2nd one was out I rented it from the Red Box machine and was dismayed at the end! It stopped! I could have watched for hours more. AAAUGH!!!! So I Googled this after the movie was over and found that it is a series and the next movie won’t be out until the end of the year. Sheesh!!!!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I agree! I like the first movie a lot but the 2nd one, not so much and it did – it just stopped! I hate that we have to wait another year to see the next one. I am not a patient person!

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  4. Sarah ~ Magnolia Surprise

    Looks like a perfect day to me…. well, except for not seeing the dolphins! That would have been awesome — I’ve never seen them except for at Six Flags, and that doesn’t really count LOL! Love your slide show and the mental vision of the sand mermaids!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I was too busy burying the girls to take pictures! As for the dolphins there is something magical about seeing them out there playing – a really good reason to keep going back!

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  5. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    Fabulous photos! Amara is so brave going right into the waves like that. Sounds like a truly great day. Yes, the very best ideas do indeed come from the brain. Love that! (Love that you had Jiffy Pop, too!) 😀

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      The pictures did come out good especially considering I used my phone! I will not risk taking the good camera to the beach. Grampy was just mentioning last night that the Jiffy Pop was really good. I told him we could have it again soon. Being Grampy he wanted to know how soon. When I told him there wasn’t any more currently out in the kitchen he pouted!

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  6. Judy@grandparentsplus2

    Great post, slide show, granddaughter, grandma, and for sure great memories. 🙂 My granddaughter read the entire Hunger Games series and went on from there. I took her to see the first movie but I haven’t seen the second one. LOVED the day at the beach. 🙂

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I have to say I liked the 1st movie better than the 2nd and can’t wait to see the 3rd! Wish I had time to read the books!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It amazes me that most of the beaches are often empty! Unless you try to go to either side of the pier which is often busy with tourists and either surfing competitions or art fairs where it is busy. Amara and I really need to take advantage of how close we are! Especially when so many of our family back East are still getting snow! The only drawback is parking costs! They have skyrocketed to $15 per day or a season pass for $195. Ouch! Almost as bad as Disneyland!

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  7. Sandy Siegel

    Ohhh! I’m so insanely jealous!!! I’ve only been to the Pacific Ocean one time and that was with you and Jenna! I got so sunburned, but it was one of the best days of my entire life! There is something so magical about the beach .. the sounds and power of the waves, the birds, the enormity of the ocean. The pictures were beautiful! So many beautiful colors!! I’m so happy Amara enjoys the beach as much as you do. Can’t wait for you to go again!!

    Oh! And Jiffy Pop! I haven’t thought of that in years!!! What fun!

    Thank you for sharing your day with all of us!!!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Oh I would love to have another day at the beach with you! That was one of things we didn’t have time to do on your last trip here. Sounds like a good excuse to me and imagine the fun you would have with Amara!

      You wouldn’t have liked our Jiffy Pop. We used butter! Real Butter!

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  8. KImberly

    I always make Jiffy Pop for the overnighters after our Christmas Party, and it never fails to delight. I really love the beach for one afternoon. The beach is a bit hard for me to imagine after this winter. Swimming with the dolphins and watching them play is a very favorite memory of mine. I love when kids can hook up and make the most of whatever tools are at hand. Happy for your lovely morning.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara and I have the beach but you and yours have your creek! What a wonderful place to play and I know Amara would love it. And while she doesn’t have red hair she is very fair skinned and I keep her well coated with #30 sunscreen!

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