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ANOTHER Beach Day

IMG 9470IMG 9461IMG 9451IMG 9475IMG 9463IMG 9501IMG 9493IMG 9491Another day at the beach.  Because it’s too gorgeous to be anywhere else.  

We’re soaking up every bit of this sunshine while we can.

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More Sand, More Sun.

IMG 9395Papa  GraeIMG 9374IMG 9370Beach FunIMG 9369With days as gorgeous as today, there’s no choice but to soak it all in.  It was a morning of sand and sunshine at Spanish Banks for us today.

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The Best Kind of Saturday

IMG 9284IMG 9311IMG 9347IMG 9321IMG 9324IMG 9341IMG 9331IMG 9354IMG 9349Saturdays don’t come better than this.

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iPhoneography // A Dinner Picnic at the Beach

Evening at the beachVancouver sunshine plus an impromptu dinner picnic at the beach and ocean-dipped toes makes for a very happy mama and babe.

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Iona Beach

IMG 8536Today Miss G and I trudged off the beaten path a little to check out somewhere that’s been on my mental list for a very long while now… Iona Beach.   Nestled in a quiet area out beside the Vancouver Airport, Iona Beach is definitely unique.  After you pass the farms lining the airport runway, you come to Iona Beach Regional Park, a piece of rural heaven just outside of the city.

IMG 8494Now I must admit that there were some very serious tears when we got out of the car and Miss G realized that this beach was not the awesome playground-having beach she’s used to visiting.  Our saving grace, however, was this lookout tower that was cool enough to {at least semi} make up for the disappointment. 

IMG 8499While there were tons of swampy beach areas to explore, we opted  to head out for a walk on the park’s jetty.

Plane Watching at Iona BeachWe were definitely the odd ones out in a community of bird watchers and dog walkers (every single person we passed had a dog or binoculars and/or a camera with a giant zoom), but what we really loved was the plane watching!  They were amazingly close and basically came one after the next.

IMG 8524IMG 8521The other fascination during our jetty walk was with potato bugs.  I’m not sure if Grae has seen these much in the past, but they were plentiful and she certainly loved them.  

IMG 8515What I didn’t realize when I suggested we check out the jetty was that it was 4.5 kms long!  We made it a couple of kilometres out before Miss G called it quits and asked to turn around.  On the way back, there were definitely a few bouts of carrying, several sitting breaks, and even an attempt to crawl ‘because it’s easier for tired legs’.  (Note to self: bring the stroller next time!)

Next time the mood strikes to plane watch or take a long walk out into the ocean, we’ll definitely go back. If you’re in the area and want to visit, simply head to the airport, and before arriving to the terminal, take a right onto Templeton… You’ll run right into it!

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A Beach Morning

This morning, on the final day of Grandma Charlotte’s visit, we headed down to Stanley Park to soak in the sunshine and crisp ocean air…  The photos say it themselves, but it was lovely. 

IMG 8038IMG 8039IMG 8041IMG 8050File all of these lovely things – cool sunshiny mornings, layers and boots, days with grandmas – under things we’ll miss once back in Kuwait.

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Dirt, Sticks, & Water

IMG 6428IMG 6424IMG 6417IMG 6427We woke up to an absolutely gorgeous sunny day today and immediately packed up a lunch and headed down to our favourite beach-front playground.  As always, Grae spent tons of time climbing ladders, sliding through tunnels, riding the swings, and spinning on the merry-go-round, but during this visit, she spent just as much time climbing on and off this log, adding bits and pieces, and tending to her delicious-looking mud soup.

It makes my heart happy that dirt, sticks, and water can still inspire just as much play as it did when I was little.

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Beach Morning

IMG 5638IMG 5642IMG 5643IMG 5646IMG 5656IMG 5660Who says you can’t spend gloomy, cold days at the beach?

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Playing Hookie

This morning as we were having our usual wake up cuddle in the ‘big bed’, Grae poked her head through the curtains, turned to me with big eyes, and exclaimed, “Mama, it’s a SUNNY day today!” Then she immediately asked to go to the beach.  I explained that it was Thursday morning, which is our usual Strong Start day, then let her know that she could make the decision.  She thought about it a moment and said, “Mama, we go to the beach instead of school.  We walk…. We play… We see birdies… We see the ocean… aaaaaand… we get hot drinks!”  So the beach it was.  

IMG 5250IMG 5247IMG 5256IMG 5258IMG 5264IMG 5271IMG 5272Some days are just too beautiful to spend indoors, even if it is at school… (Shhh… Don’t tell.)

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My Baby’s Not a Baby Anymore

IMG 2563IMG 2564IMG 2568We had plans to attend a morning story time today, but when we woke up to no rain, I knew we had to make the most of it and get outside.  Grae agreed without hesitation and immediately suggested going to the beach.  In particular, the beach with the “biiiiiiig ladder and biiiiiig slide”.  

It’s still kind of crazy to me that my baby girl can do all of the things she can now… 

*sigh*

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