From the moment we walked over the boardwalk and the ocean came into view, Alex was completely and utterly in love with the beach. As I carried him he was pointing and yelling "look!" and wiggling to get down, so down he went and off he ran, straight for the ocean hand in hand with his Daddy.
By mid morning on the first day at the beach, it became clear to us we weren't going to be able to keep Alex out of the water. The water was a little chilly but that didn't stop him he went straight in every time and didn't seem phased at all by the temperature. He only wiped out a few times but didn't get upset at all, he jumped right up and was back on his feet and running right back into the waves in no time. My cousins were even chasing him around dumping water on his head and though it was hilarious. I just love this little boy more than words can describe.
When the time came to build the traditional drip castle, Alex was right there to, uh, help? The dry sand found near the dunes, you know the really hot sand, wasn't really his cup of tea. He had trouble walking on it and usually wanted us to carry him, but once you got down to the wet sand his distaste was over and he wanted down immediately. He loved running his fingers through the sand and it didn't take him long at all to figure out how to use a shovel. He helped my dad dig a hole to get the drip castle started and then found said hole to be the most comfortable place to sit. He sat in the the hole until the castle had a good start, then he would climb out and throw himself on the castle, giggling every time. It was funny and it dubbed him the castle crusher the rest of the week.
Now lets get to the fun ocean water pics of Alex. These are some of my favorites from the beach. Alex was playing in the water with his Aunt Ali (my sister) and was having a blast. She would let the waves get really close and then she'd pull him up out of the water at the last moment and he would give out a gut laugh every time, it was classic beach fun! By the end of the week Alex was a true beach bum, laying in the water and soaking up the rays. My favorite is the shot of him laying down with his cute little baby bum hanging out.
The week was perfect, just perfect. The temps stayed in the low 80's with little humidity so we were all comfortable the whole week allowing us to have lots and lots of fun without being uncomfortable. I am so happy Alex got to enjoy the beach this summer, it was great watching him have so much and part of me believes he thought we lived there. It broke my heart a little to have to take him away from it and bring him back to Ohio. But the good news is, we get to do it all over again next year, here's hoping he has just as much fun next year, maybe even more!