I took this shot just over a dune from where we camped this weekend. That's the Atlantic Ocean. I know - wow. We joined Pretty Mahana's family at Assateague Island this weekend. It was my first time camping since we had children, and it was an amazing place to do it. Rob and I camped a lot when we were newlyweds, and it felt like part of my old self came back to me by camping again.
I'm really proud of myself for doing this. Sure, there were hiccups. Emily had to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, and wouldn't go back to bed for a long time after. Pretty Mahana opened her large tent and discovered her poles were broken, and they had to pile their family of five into the 3 man tent they brought for beach shade. Elliot and I had a vicious cycle of him being covered in sand, me trying to remove it with a towel, and him getting mad about it and face planting into the sand in despair, covering himself yet again with sand. The kids and I were exhausted and kind of crabby when it was time to go home. But we made some awesome memories.
Elliot loved playing in the sand so much that when I set him down in it and started setting up camp, he didn't even move from the spot I put him until my tent and most of Pretty Mahana's had been set up. I loved watching Emily jump over approaching waves over and over and over again. I was amused (and a little bit terrified) that as soon as Elliot saw the ocean, he just squealed with glee and tried to run straight into it. Yes, I watched him closely this weekend. I loved how happy my kids were to eat S'mores and sing songs around the campfire. I loved how excited they were to sleep in a tent, and how much fun they had sticking their heads out of it over and over during the day. It was a great weekend.
Some more fun pictures: