Yesterday we took Annie somewhere I’ve been excited about going to for months – the beach. We were amongst the other bajillion people who had the same idea:
It was worth it – the perfect day for the beach. The sun was high but not too hot, and there was a nice breeze that kept the temperature just right. If the weather was like that every day, I’d go to the beach a lot more often. Or…think about going to the beach more often. I’m a fair Irish/Scottish lass, after all.
We spread out our towels and put Annie down. She wasn’t apprehensive at all, although it helped that I’d brought along something new to play with:
Like the good California girl she is, Annie LOVED the beach. She couldn’t get enough of the sand:
Mike and I took her down to the water…where she still only cared about the sand:
When she wasn’t digging around in the sand, she was off strutting her stuff:
I managed to get her to stand still long enough to take a picture with me before she was off and running again:
When it was time to leave, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that she was NOT happy. However, I was red-skinned despite wearing SPF 1,000, and she needed a nap. I promised her that next time she could look for shells with me and explore under the pier. That didn’t really appease her, but it made me feel better while she cried.
Upon our arrival home, I opened a book and instead of reading the pages, I told Annie about about her first Memorial Day. I want Annie to know that the holiday is not about having a day off and going to the beach. A little too heavy for her now perhaps, but it’s a lesson she will hear every year.
So cute, and so warm. It’s like winter here in the UK, it is possible I might be just a little jealous of all the sunshine.
Oh my gosh, how cute is she in that two piece?!!!!
What a happy and curious little girl! I wish that adult women could be as confident in their swimsuits as toddlers are in theirs.
The redheads in our house are up to spf 85 every 2 hours when we’re at the beach… it’s like sun paste!
Jealous of the gorgeous whether, we’ve had nothing but rain for the last month and a half since the snow went away… looking forward to the sun coming back.
It’s never to early for ‘heavy lessons’ knowledge, compassion and a sense of history (family or otherwise) doesn’t weigh or cost a thing. Good for you for having the courage to talk to her about the things she needs to hear as she grows up.
Your Annie is so freaking cute. She is a yummy chub chub baby I love her.
I love baby bikini’s and the little bums and tummy’s that go with them!
Oh goodness, what a friggin’ cutie!!!!! I’m in love with her little bikini and her cute little body to go with it, absolutely precious. I’m also insanely jealous of a beach being close to you (I’m a midwesterner…no beaches to be found, boo!). Thanks for the smile this morning!
Annie rocks that bikini – I love it!
I’m so glad it was (kinda) warm enough to visit the beach when I was there last month – it had been a long time since I’d ENJOYED beach time.
Annie is adorable playing in the sand – and I love the picture of the two of you.
OMG! She just gets cuter, and cuter, and cuter and cuter!! Her little bikini, her pigtails, too much. Just an absolute doll.
So cute. Adorable bikini!
Oh she is sooo sticken cute!! The looks on her face are priceless!!
Thanks for putting a smile on my face.
You have no idea how happy this post made my heart. Thank you for sharing your day at the beach. I live far, far from the beach. A solid 13 hour drive. It’s sad, really.
Jayme (Random Blogette) says:
She is so adorable in her little bikini! I so need to get my family out to a beach. There really isn’t anything too close by but I am sure that I can find one somewhere. It just won’t be by the ocean!
Amy Turner @Credit Donkey says:
Annie is such a one big bundle of joy to look at. I love her already!
Oh she is such a beach girl!
She is so frickin’ adorable! Glad she loves the beach!
My goal is to have Annie’s bikini-ready body.
SO FREAKIN’ CUTE!!!
I bet Em would like the beach more if she were there with Annie. We’ll have to plan an excursion soon!
that is the cutest freaking baby bikini i have ever seen.
Her bikini is soooooooo cute!!
Those little piggie-tails of hers just make me smile! What a sweet girl you have!
C @ Kid Things says:
That is one cute little girl. I don’t blame her for not wanting to leave, I wouldn’t want to, either.
Meg @ write meg! says:
I was the polar opposite of Annie growing up — sand was (and is!) my enemy. Glad you enjoyed your day — she’s adorable, and love the shot of the two of you!
Adorable. Love the bathing suit! Looks like she had a grand time at the beach.
Mary Ann says:
Annie is sooooooooo adorable in that bikini, it looks like she had an awesome time at the beach. I just got back from a week at the beach myself – it’s the perfect spot on earth. Glad you had a good day – I love, love, love the pictures and her Memorial Day blog was beautiful.
Leigh Elliott says:
I LOVE Annie’s bathing suit! Gosh that is adorable and it is perfect on her! She is TOO cute! Glad you got some beach fun in!
I love Annie’s ruffles and that you tell her about Memorial Day. Glad that you all had a good weekend.
OOHHH, look at the ferris -wheel!!!! WOW!!! So nice…and the pier!!! Your beach looks amazing & both you & Annie looked beautiful!!!
Thanks for sharing!!!! I love seeing all the pictures of Annie & you guys and if I can get a glimpse of LA as well….well, that’s just bonus.
As a fellow SoCal native, I just smiled and nodded through this entire post. Went to the beach myself today too – just perfect, isn’t it?
And Annie could not look any cuter in her fabulous bikini! I could just eat her up!
OMG EVERYTHING about her is so freakn’ adorable. Her cheeks, her pigtails, her attitude, her legs, her tummy, her bikini, her eyes, her bum, her excitment……. I cannot get enough of your girl!!
OMG, Annie is simply scrumptious…and, she’s gotten so big.
Oh My Goodness!!! Annabel’s bikini is so adorable. The ruffles are too cute and so is she.
Becca Masters says:
Your Annie is just too adorable in her swimming costume!
She reminds me of the Chippette Elinor in the Chipmunk Adventures (the cartoon not the cgi movie) with her cute face and her little pigtails!
holy crap. if i were that adorable in a swimsuit, i would wear it every minute of every day.
I’ve always thought Annie looked like her daddy but in that second photo she looks just like Momma! What a fun day, I so wish we lived somewhere with fun things to do like that!
These pictures are amazing!! Glad you guys had a great time.
I haven’t checked in to your blog in a while, and just looked at this post. Your sweet baby has grown so much! I wish all the happiness upon your family, glad to see you are enjoying life and each other.