"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Beach weather!

Yesterday we spontaneously left for the beach since temperatures were to hit 84*! (Well, that and I'm trying to make up for our lame beach year last summer when we barely went because Caden was so little it was just too hard.) This time he love, love, loved it! After eating sand for only half an hour or so, he was able to explore the rest of the beach. Anyplace Caden can be without restrictions makes for one happy Munch!
The kids had a blast doing the usual beach things; collecting shells, running in and quickly out of the freezing ocean, climbing the treacherous jetty and peeing in the least conspicuous places as the bath house wasn't open for the season yet. :S

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