There is a really cool "beach" not far from home. We visited a few weeks ago and both girls loved it!
We did a picnic lunch and then swimming. Ava Grace didn't get to swim because of the risk of recreational water illness (yes, we are overprotective), but she enjoyed being outside!
She's learning to put her paci in. I love the look on her face with her upside down paci in the picture above and the perplexity of the backward paci in the picture below.
Lily spent the entire time in the water and Chris and I took turns
throwing her swimming with her.
Swimming a lake, stream, or river was on her not-bummer-summer list, so we got to mark it off! They have really made this area nice by bringing in tons (literally) of sand! So when you stand in the water it's just like being in the ocean. I grew up avoiding putting my feet down in the lake to avoid the slimy mud. No mud here, just soft white sand!
Lily loved flying through the air and flipping in the water.
And Ava Grace enjoyed playing in the shade and watching everything around her!
It wasn't the beach I was dreaming of, but it was the next best thing! We'll be back here again, I am sure!