It’s summertime and we’re on vacation in Florida. We’re going to go to the beach! 

 Our boat is docked in a nearby marina so we just have a few minute walk to get to the beach. Taking two little ones to the beach requires a lot of stuff – pop-up cabana for shade, sand toys, towels, snacks, sunscreen, diapers, puddle jumper, and baby powder. (We use baby powder to help get the sand off our bodies. It works wonders!) We had so much beach gear loaded into our wagon that only Kora could fit inside – I had to carry Lila!

The surf at Pensacola Beach was a little stronger than Kora has experienced so she got a little scared after a wave knocked her down. Once her dad carried her past the breaking waves and into deeper water she was much happier. Using her Puddle Jumper (I can’t tell you enough how much I love this flotation device), she was able to float around riding the waves. She and her dad splashed around having a great time!

She came to shore after playing in the water a while with the intentions of getting me in the water – I was in the shade nursing Lila. But she got distracted by a sea gull. She started chasing it under the lifeguard stand and across the beach. 

With all the swimming and running she was doing it was time for a rest break. Kora sat down in the shade with her sand toys and started digging. She had so much fun playing in the sand. 

Using her tractor and her shovels, Kora made a sandcastle. I wanted to show her how to make a castle using a bucket of packed sand but she wasn’t having it. Little Miss Independent wanted to do it herself. She moved sand around for a while and then stood up and proudly shouted “Ta Da!”

Kora took a short break from playing in the sand to give Lila some sandy snuggles. These two girls love each other so much! Lila lights up so much when her big sister comes around to play with her. 

Once Kora had had enough baby kisses she went straight back to playing on the sand. But this little girl is sneaky – she took Lila’s toy keys with her! She started burying them so she could dig up treasure! She thought it was funny to bury them and then ask me where they were.

Before going back in the water we had to reapply sunscreen. Naturally Kora insisted on doing it herself!

After playing all morning and into the afternoon, it was time to go back to the boat for a nap. Kora was having so much fun that she didn’t want to leave. Shocking, I know. Even at such a young age, Kora knows that there’s nothing better than a fun filled day at the beach!