As one of our summer activities, I knew I wanted to take the kids to the coast and we decided on Newport because it had the aquarium, and poor E has been going through aquarium withdrawals. We totally miss going to SeaLife in AZ together and seeing all the fishies. It was our happy place to mellow out.
I had all these plans of doing activities (pulled taffy, aquarium port holes craft, tissue paper fishes) with the kids during the week leading up to the trip, but being a faker single mom is exhausting (seriously, don't know how real single mommies do it and work) and those SO did not happen *sigh* Maybe next time. I really wanted to make pulled taffy with the kids.
First stop . . . the beach. Kids were really excited to get to use their sand toys in sand. I was really excited to listen to the soothing sounds of the ocean and take some pictures. Hubs was still working, so he worked on scouting out a spot that his web access would still work, and then finally gave up and played kites with us for a bit.
|Littles building sand castles. I showed them how to pack the sand in to make it come out more perfectly.|
|Coastal View . . . so soothing to my soul|
|Em perfecting the art of dumping a bucket out|
|Nothing says fun like finding "treasures" from the ocean|
|My deep thinker, pondering the vastness of the ocean|
|Flying the pirate kite with their Dad|
|Mic, taking flying the kite seriously|