Wednesday, May 23, 2012


There's nothing like time by the ocean...
I feel like it's one of the best things for the soul.
We were lucky enough to spend 2 days in Avalon, NJ with my mother...
I thought that W would enjoy himself, but I had no idea just how much...

Let me tell you, I have never seen my boy more full of joy.
He rolled around, threw sand, skipped, hopped, ran, fell over, danced, and somersaulted like mad.
He was just experiencing everything and it was so true and beautiful.
I could write paragraphs about it, but I think I'd rather commit everything to memory.
I know my mother and I will never forget this.

Eating sand...and I didn't stop him. Children learn with all of their senses and this was another experience. He figured out quickly that it wasn't something to eat.
(of course, there are things I would never permit him to taste...but things like dirt, sand, bread dough, baking ingredients, etc....I'm ok with it, to an extent.)

The weather wasn't sunny or warm and the town was absolutely deserted.
We were nearly the only people on the beach and it was wonderful.

The fog rolled in and out all day long.

I found so many beautiful shells and stones to bring home; excited to share them with the children..

Seashell terrarium

The drive home from the beach is always a sad one. 
I almost always cry at some point.
But the Summer is nearly here and we'll be looking forward to more..

Ah! what pleasant visions haunt me
As I gaze upon the sea!
All the old romantic legends,
All my dreams come back to me.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow




  1. You captured his joy just beautifully in these photos!

  2. What a wonderful experience!! Thank you for sharing it!!

  3. What a sweet boy! He really looks like he had a blast!

  4. What a gorgeous post. Makes me yearn for an overcast day by the sea

  5. What joy! Love all your photos. We love the ocean too.

  6. Oh, what fun! His joy is palpable. And your photos are lovely, really capturing it all. Can't wait for our own trip to Wildwood next month.

  7. Oh Rebecca, little W is embodying just how it feels to be there at the seaside! And it awakens every sense in such a good way- and he feels that! LOVE.

  8. This is what we need, too.

  9. Seeing those beautiful joy filled pictures, just brought such a smile to my face :)
    The seaside is a truly magical place.

  10. I love this post! I grew up going to Avalon as a kid! It was always one of my favorite beaches! What a perfect spot to enjoy the beach and ocean for a young child!

  11. Oh the joy! W is adorable and just seeing his Joy made my day. Take care.


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