I have been know to sabotage family beach outings...or at least complain so much that we don't go very often. The beach is not my favorite place to go. There I said it "out loud". I don't mind the actual beach, but I feel like it is such a huge production getting everyone and everything ready, that I dread beach outings. We look like we are moving to the beach with the amount of "stuff" we haul out and back...just sayin.
This morning, I decided I would take the kids to the beach by myself (while Darwin was at work) We took lunch and I brought a chair and umbrella. I told the kids I wasn't going to carry anything and we were just going to play in the sand and water...no snorkeling, no diving, no boogie boarding (mostly because the beach I took them to was more like a pool than the ocean). They didn't quite grasp the idea, so they did end up bringing snorkel stuff and two boogie boards. I sat on the beach in my chair with my umbrella and read a book. The kids had fun just playing in the water.
...and Darwin had to pick his chin up off his desk when I sent him this picture. He couldn't believe I took the kids to the beach of my own accord. It has never happened before!