I still can’t believe we were just in California! When we moved to Arizona a year ago, my goal was to get to California as soon as possible. A year later, I finally made it! This was Ryan’s first time in the Pacific Ocean…Myra and Vivian’s first time, too! Needless to say, it was a special day for all of us!
We took a 30 minute drive from our hotel to the beach, stopping for snacks and sunscreen along the way. The closer we got to the beach, the giddier I became. We opened the car windows and let the warm, salty air flood our car. Ahhh…it felt so good to be there! I just couldn’t wait to get out and dig my toes in the hot sand!
It took us a while to get all of our gear out of the car, onto our shoulders, and to our spot by the water. We didn’t do too well either. I think I sent Ryan back to the car for some forgotten item at least 5 times. Oops! In the end, once we got settled, it ended up being a pretty great day.
One of my favorite parts of the ocean is the waves. I grew up going to beaches on lakes so I always missed the loud, crashing waves. I love the sound and the rush I get when a wave builds up on its way to crashing into my body. I used to be so daring and brave…not so much this time. The waves were so big! I found myself running the other direction! And I was legitimately scared! A few times, a wave hit me so hard, I tumbled under the water and came up with a bloody knee and sand in every single crevice. I had a lot of fun but I was ready for a break quicker than I thought I would be. Ryan, on the other hand, couldn’t get enough!
Myra and Vivian were right there with me. Myra cried when the water got too high. She was more interested in the sand, which was fine with me. As a mom, I now have all these thoughts and fears I didn’t have when I was younger. I didn’t want Ryan to take Myra out too far. What if a strong wave pulled her from his arms? It was too much worry for me. So, the scaredy cats sat on the water’s edge and I was more than okay with that!
I know it’s the end of summer, but if you are ever going to the beach with a baby, bring shade and a pack-n-play! Thankfully, we went with camp people that were prepared. We had a canopy that provided much needed shade for my girls. And the pack-n-play was perfect! We weren’t sure if we would need it but it ended up saving a lot of sand from going into Vivian’s mouth! It was so nice having a spot to put her, in the shade, where we didn’t have to monitor her the entire time. And, as you can see, she loved it!
After some more swimming and sand castle building, we were all pretty hungry. One of the guys in the group told us about a great fish taco place on the boardwalk so, of course, we had to try them! I don’t have a picture because I was too excited to be eating them, but they were really good! Do you ever associate food with certain places? I do. And I will forever associate fish tacos (and shrimp tacos!) with Huntington Beach, California. They just hit the spot! If you ever see a sign for Wahoo’s Fish Tacos (which you might since they are in more states than just California) you should stop in a get a few. So good!
Later, we all headed to the boardwalk for some coffee and smoothies, then walked down the Huntington Beach Pier. It was a gorgeous place to take pictures of the shore and see a broad view of the beach. At the end of the pier, there was an adorable restaurant. I thought it was the cutest thing! I wish we had more time at the beach because we would have definitely eaten there! It looked like so much fun!
It was such a special day taking our girls to the ocean for the first time. Once again, they did better than I expected and we had a great time as a family. It was one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to! I am so thankful for these experiences that we have shared as a family during our time in Arizona. I don’t know what God has in store for us, but I know it’s going to be good!
Have you been to the Pacific Ocean? What is your favorite beach in California?