Fun in the sun on the beach: Summer days are few & far between so my motto is abandon all and get outside. Daisy suggested an afternoon on the beach and the immediate answer was yes! So we threw a few things into the car & set off.
I must admit I forgot towels, picnic blankets & the boys swim things (well done Daisy for bringing spares) but did randomly manage to remember paper plates, cups & disposable cutlery. I do have a posh picnic set but figured I'd keep it as simple as possible. Hubby dropped us into Brighton to do a spot of shopping & meet Daisy to buy the picnic.
When the hubbies had finished work we met up & made our way to the beach. We chose a spot in Shoreham which was nice & quiet, laid all the food on a handy wall & stretched out the blankets. The children ran straight down to the water, followed closely behind by the daddies. We cracked open a bottle of bubbles, opened some crisps & dips, whilst sitting back to watch the children play, it was pure bliss. The sun was warm, the tide moving out, the beach wasn't crowded & the hubbies were happy to play with the children while we relaxed, it was the perfect afternoon.
It was Oliver's first time in the sea in England & his first pleasurable experience as he wasn't keen in Italy, he was probably a bit too small. He was much more confident then I imagined he would be & as I had forgotten to pack Ben's swim shorts Jon took him in for a deep paddle, he squealed with delight. When the children had finished paddling we pulled out a few buckets & filled them with water, they quite happily played with stones & water for the afternoon & when they got bored they chased the seagulls.
We would usually start the bath time at 6.30, bedtime by 7.30 but didn't arrive home until well after 9. The children were so happy playing & we were having a great time. In fact Oliver told his Nanna today that we went on holiday to the beach, too cute! Michelle X