Impromptu Beach Day


It wasn’t what we Cali-folk would call a completely warm day.
But it was sunny.
And sometimes that’s all you need to throw together an impromptu family beach day.

We grabbed a blanket, a Buzz Lightyear towel, yummy beach snacks, and a single lawn chair for a largely pregnant momma to make our beach day complete.

Lil W chased seagulls (which he called “ducks”), belly laughed at the crashing waves, built a sand mountain and ate at least a dozen very large strawberries while his accommodating Dad followed him around making sure he wasn’t swept off by an unsuspecting wave.

I sat, snug as a bug in a rug, in my lawn chair and took it all in.
Fully appreciating the first day all week that I didn’t have a blaring headache.
Enjoying the smell of the fresh, salty air.
Admiring the adorable way that strawberry seeds began to collect in the corners of Lil W’s mouth.
Staring at the crazy old man who stripped down to his skivvies and dove into the frigid ocean waters.
Watching out of towners who rolled up their jeans for their first stroll on these famous Malibu beaches.
Smiling as Lil W jumped in his Daddy’s footsteps as they walked in the sand.
Pressing my hands against my tummy to get a better feel of our little peanuts aggressive kicks.
Looking forward to our stop at the strawberry stand on the way home.
Giggling at Ben who continually reminded me that I looked like a pregnant bank robber.
And feeling grateful, that even when life is simply exhausting, God grants us these precious moments to remind us what really matters.

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    March 26, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Your son has the most amazing color eyes! He’s so cute!

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    March 26, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Love it!! You have such a cute family and I’m so excited to see pics of the new little Man when he makes his appearance!! We adore the beach…but ours is Newport or Laguna…wish we were closer to Malibu!!! 🙂

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    March 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Oh my! When did Baby W turn into Little boy W?! I can’t believe how grown up he looks. Still as handsome as ever, though!
    I am so sorry this pregnancy is being so tough on you, happily it isn’t all in vain and soon you will have a brand new bubba in your arms. xx

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    March 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    So glad you got to enjoy this day. Lil W is just so darn adorable and will be such a great big brother leading the new lil’ babe around! Hope you’re feeling okay!

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    March 26, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    looks like the perfect cozy day! and i love that you wore uggs and a hoodie to the beach. i hope leo and i can join you there one day! p.s. you baby boy is no longer a baby! he’s getting so big!

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    Cathy Kelemen
    March 26, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    So precious! Love this post!

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    March 26, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Seriously, you have the cutest, sweetest family! I love W’s swim trunks and wish we lived close enough to the water to have an impromptu beach day!

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    Mindy Harris
    March 26, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    LOVE your perspective, sweet mama. looks like a wonderful day. the pics of your lil W are breathtaking. i’d give anything to join you for a beach day.
    muddy stinky kansas rivers just don’t cut it.

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    March 27, 2012 at 12:53 am

    There is nothing better than the little moments like this with the ones you love most!!:)

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    March 27, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Wow it looks beautiful over there, what a wonderful day! I wish I was by the beach 🙂
    You have the cutest family!

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    Brandy Miller
    March 27, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Love days like this. We have ours too, but we usually end up in a local park, since DC is hours away from any beaches. : ) You are looking great! Can’t wait to see pictures of your new little man!

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    Danyiel J
    March 27, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Ben pretty much nailed the “pregnant bank robber” comment. Hysterical and yet I completely get it and have been there.

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    March 27, 2012 at 2:05 am

    That totally looks like the perfect day. You’re little one couldn’t get ANY cuter – absolutely adorable 🙂

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    March 27, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Cute family!

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    Jennifer Dawn
    March 27, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Sounds like a wonderful day!

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    March 27, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Well aren’t you the cutest little pregnant bank robber!? And Oh.Em.Gee his eyes are beautiful. What a lovely little family day!! 🙂

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    Jill @ A Mom With A Lesson Plan
    March 27, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Yeah Ashley! So glad you were feeling good enough to enjoy the beautiful day. I can’t wait until you are back with us in the bloggy world again, but until then wishing you as many “feel good” days as possible!

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    March 27, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Sounds like such an amazing day! So glad to hear you got to spend sometime with your family and make memories before baby 2 comes along 🙂

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    [email protected]
    March 27, 2012 at 3:51 am

    I miss the beach AND you three {soon to be four} I can’t wait to come back to cali to see you and that beautiful ocean!

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    March 27, 2012 at 4:05 am

    lol at the pregnant bank robber comment! I love the impromptu moments like this in life..thanks for sharing 🙂

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    March 27, 2012 at 4:06 am

    looks like a great day!! hope you are feeling better with your pregnancy!!

    gorgeous pictures of lil w.

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    March 27, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Lil’ W is getting so big, I’m sure you see it, but I almost cried! And I’m so glad you were feeling good and having fun. What a nice break for you and all the sickness of late.
    Happy Spring!

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    March 27, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Those photos are priceless! Seriously so many frame worthy ones! Aren’t we so lucky to live here??!! I’ve heard being right at sea level is supposed to help calm nausea.. 🙂 You are such an adorable family! xx

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    March 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Chiming in to agree with the very first comment—W’s eyes are amazing. I love them! Hope the rest of the baby baking goes well. Take care of yourself! 🙂

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    Katie @ My Darling Days
    March 27, 2012 at 11:37 am

    THOSE eyes! You sure got a handsome little mister! 🙂

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    Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims
    March 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Such a cute little babe 🙂 I wish I could just take a random trip to the beach! But that would require like 2 hour drive first…haha

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    March 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    haha, I’ve totally been one of those out of towners with rolled up jeans to take a cold tiptoe in!

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    March 28, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Aww, such a nice day, beautiful post, great reminder!! We go to Zuma when its nice, now that my little is 1, its so much fun!! You do look like a pregnant bank robber! LOL!!!!



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    March 28, 2012 at 3:09 am

    So jealous that you can have “beach days” whenever you want. Central IN doesn’t allow that :(.

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    March 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I’m sort-of totally jealous that you live in CA. We are Pennsylvania, but travel once a year to San Diego with my husband’s job. I cry every year when we leave–no lie!

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    March 28, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    #6 needs to be blown up and framed!

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    March 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I love the “pregnant bank robber” comment! When I was expecting our third, I met my husband for breakfast one morning and he asked me if we were trying to get our meal for free!?! lol

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    March 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    “And feeling grateful, that even when life is simply exhausting, God grants us these precious moments to remind us what really matters.” ~ LOVE!

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    Rebecca N.Z
    March 30, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Loving your blog!! Please one small request……please finish your love story 🙂 I really love a good love story!

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    Maria @ All Things Luxurious
    April 2, 2012 at 7:38 am

    How wonderful! It sounds like you had a lovely day! I love your photos! 🙂

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    April 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Beautiful day at the beach! I love the pics!

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    April 4, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Wow, great photos.
    I love the impromptu days. They always seem to turn out to be the best days.

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