Monday, July 6, 2015

Family Beach Day!

It wasn't until my husband and I had been dating for 5 years that I realized a simple truth -
We are not beach compatible.

My husband is a cliche.  He loves long walks on the beach.
and I... don't.

I like digging in the sand, or flying a kite, or just sitting in my chair and watching the tide roll in.
I'll admit it was a tiny issue - until we had kids.

Now everyone is happy when we go to the beach.  The kid that wants to go on a walk goes with daddy, and the kid that wants to build a sand castle stays we me.  Then everyone splashes in the (freezing) Pacific Ocean, we take the required (damp and windblown) family selfie, and then go eat clam chowder.  It's a beautiful thing.

So when I opened William's May Citrus Lane box, I was very excited.  Not only did it have the Hape Master Bricklayer Set (retail $8) which is perfect for building sand castles,



but it also had an adorable t-shirt from Tea Collection (retail $22.50) and an 8 piece bento box from Goodbyn (retail $15)!  Combined with a few snacks from Plum Organics, the box was valued at over $45, which is a great value considering the boxes are only $24.95 each when you buy a 6 month subscription!


I set the sand toys aside for our first Coast trip of the Summer, and they were a huge hit!


William added some sandy 'mortar' to the first layer of bricks.


And then helped me level off the first two layers.


At this point he was ready to run off some energy and the kiddos went on a walk with dad while I kept building.


Back in Portland it was 96 degrees, but it was a fabulous 68 degrees at the Coast.


My little surfer dude was right at home in the water.


By the time the kids came back I had finished our Mayan pyramid (complete with a ramp down to a wading pool).  I LOVED the Hape tools.  They were sturdy and perfect for creating with.  They easily fit William's toddler hand, but were a great size for adults as well.  

Hape has a complete line of sand toys, including sandcastle molds of famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, and Great Wall of China - plus many more!
How neat is that!? 


A quick pregnant belly shot.  36 weeks 4 days!  BabyLUSH #3 is almost here!!


Before we left I let the kids thoroughly destroy the pyramid which, let's be honest, is half the fun of building a sand castle.  

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