This year however, due to the late rains, our beach was under water until mid-late July. So we are now SO thankful to be enjoying the lovely stretch of sand in the August heat.
The afternoons we enjoy down there are priceless. They are not exactly peaceful with a 2 year old and infant, but full of fun. It is also exciting to think of how we can continue to enjoy the river fun in the future when our kiddos get older and more able to swim, recreate, and play without constant parental involvement and supervision that is necessary at this time. I'm sure there will be a day in perhaps even the near future that they OWN that beach. That they will want to spend every waking hour creating forts, building tree swings, and finding the perfect crawdads and jumping rocks. That is very exciting to me as it is my picture of an ideal childhood. I'm also excited to see them enjoy what we enjoy so much.
For now though, it is still fun. We are beginning to conquer the life jacket saga, (Forrest was not a fan at first but now knows it is a MUST,) and Forrest is quite the amazing hiker down to our beach which has a rather rough river trail. He won't let anyone help him now, up or down. It is so fun to watch him try to conquer these little feats, to put his mind to it and actually succeed and be proud of himself! Alex and I joked that this would probably be the slowest he takes that river trail EVER, and soon he will be running down it full speed, (makes me a bit nervous to think about it....though a lot of this kiddie adventure stuff does, just can't think of the "what-ifs...")
Here are some recent pictures from our oasis. I feel so blessed to have this beach be a part of our lives for 2-3 months of the year. As floaters, kayakers, and boaters float by all of them comment on the beauty of the beach and surrounding area. We do our best to take care of it and treasure it as much as we can....
|Alex enjoying a zen moment...|
|Forrest hiking down the VERY steep river trail, (and these stairs are the easy part!!!)|
|Enjoying some Talin time!|
|A VERY happy river baby, he loves it down there!!!|
|A good old fashion water fight, just don't drop the beer Dad!!!|
|Nature boy, toddler-melt-down style.|
|Dad and his little watermelon head|
|Out for an adventure!|
|Our neighbors, stopping by for a visit... :-) Love it!!!|