Going to the beach was the perfect after Disneyland crazinesss activity. :) We drove to the Newport area on a recommendation from Jed's sister Katie. I had pretty much been to the same beach every time I've been to California and by what she told me, it sounded different and awesome.
That first peek at the ocean was pretty exciting!!^^
The Newport area was definitely super nice. It was gorgeous. I even unexpectedly saw the newish Newport Beach temple off the side of the highway.
The weather was gorgeous, and there was hardly anyone on the beaches. To us, that is perfect!
Madelyn caught a glimpse of the first sea life....she found the tiniest crab I've ever seen.^^ That is it above, it is that black dot in the picture. I had to give a size comparison next to my foot. It was so little and cute!! Gotta love those "Christmas toes" all of us girls had. ;)
We settled down at a little beach called Shaw's Cove. It was absolutely perfect for us. Lots of sandy beach, but then there were rocky areas with tide pools for the kids to explore. Best of both worlds!!
The beach was so perfect for Claire, who the day before pretty much had to be in the stroller or carried all day. She could run free! Plus it was so nice because she loved to run out to the water, but as soon as she heard a wave coming she would run back to shore. So nice. :)
A little glance at our landscape. ^^
And then there was sand digging.^^
Perfect beach scenery.^^
We found this starfish, then as we looked around more....they were everywhere!! Totally fun!
Hannah holding a pretty purple one, which we uneducated beach folk learned later we shouldn't have done. :)
Beach creations^^ vv
Poor Lily was not feeling good that day. She had thrown up at our hotel's continental breakfast. She was completely lethargic for a few hours. Then we tried hydrating her more, and she perked up. She still wasn't too sure about those starfish.
Life doesn't get much better than this for an 18 month-old.^^
We packed a picnic lunch for the beach which was basically taken over by seagulls. We had to gather our stuff up quicker than quick because those feathered creatures were set on scoring big on our lunch.
Claire claimed these beach creations as her own personal pool after the waves filled them with some water^^ vv She pretty much wouldn't let anyone else use them. It sure was nice to have a safe place for her to splash around.
Drew and Madelyn enjoyed body surfing. vv Especially Drew, he was out there for quite awhile. I helped Lily play out in the water. vv
Everyone had a ball out there, not that you can tell by Claire's face. vv
I think some of my kids would vote for the beach over Disneyland! Hannah isn't in many of these pictures because she became fast friends with some children there. It was so fun for her.
What a perfect slow, beautiful, sunny day after a busy day at Disneyland!!