Benjamin and I joined Claire's class for their year-end trip to Popham Beach last week. I'll confess... I am so NOT a beach person. Generally I detest the whole saga of packing for and doing the whole beach thing, then lugging everything back to the car feeling tired, sticky, sandy and crabby... often while carrying a tired, sticky, sandy, crabby child.. and walking barefoot on the hot asphalt of the parking lot.
But, this was a new day for me. We had a blast. I am reveling in the magical ages of 6 and 3. My kids are manageable! I need not been at arms length 24/7. They both pee in the potty. They have the capacity to understand a bit of reason. They say funny things and ask interesting questions. They have huge smiles and run about filled with joy. (Usually.)
So, I think more beach trips are in our future. I'll be packing less. I'll do a better job with the sun screen. I'll bring more pails and shovels and fewer snacks. I think you can do a whole beach day with bottled water and Pringles.
In fact, we're going back to Popham tomorrow. My parents, sister and brother-in-law are visiting Maine. Thus the lack of blogging... and the lack of art making.
So stay tuned for a report with pictures of our recent outings with the family. And anticipate waiting another week or so for any art.