Simple Pleasures Make for a Good Life!



I think the boys heard the sun peeking over the horizon this morning, because at the crack of dawn they were up!

The beach must have been calling to them because they scooched out of bed and ran to the windows to peak out.

Yes boys, that long 13 hour road trip was well worth it – we are back at the beach and this time your daddy gets to be with us the WHOLE time. Family vacation :)

Well as not to wake up the grand ole’ folk aka the grandparents (oh and Daddy, who was sleeping in) I fed the kids quickly, dragged the dog (Carrie Bradhshaw) with us and we headed for a looooong walk and then to the beach.

You can tell how early it is by the long shadows!

Life is good.

The boys were exclaiming when they found cool shells or rocks. “Cool” to them may be broken shells, that I might have over looked – a reminder to enjoy the simple pleasures and all life’s gifts.

While I was on the beach solo with the boys and Miss Bradshaw, we bumped into a man who had a coffee cup in one hand and a tiny baby wrapped up in a sling.

I smile and nod in a warm casual way and say, “You have your hands full”. Unbeknown to him we had strolled past his house earlier and heard the cries of his newborn baby. Well he gives me a warm but a “you are crazy lady” look, and says to me, “you look like you have your hands full!” As I drag the dog and my twins down the beach.

We chit chat some more and find out his baby is a month old, and then I wish him luck, and say it gets easier after 4 months.

Well he moves on and so do we – well I try! Mason plunks his bummy down in the sand and starts covering his legs with it, and Cameron takes off and heads straight towards a beach house, and up it’s stairs. I am just thankful this man isn’t watching us as I just wished HIM luck, but I clearly needed it!

I rescue Cameron from the top of the stairs, and try to convince Mason that we have great sand on our beach too but he refused to move. Eventually I dragged and coaxed and carried the boys and the dog off the beach, and by this time the man had reached the end of the beach and was back in eye sight. I practically threw the kids in the stroller and headed back to our beach….

Grammy soon joined us and taught the boys how to do hermit crab races. Two of the crabs were stunned and did not move, but one crab ran all the way and took first place. An easy win!

We then decided the shadows were getting shorter, which meant it was surely close to lunch time. Grammy, the boys and I went into town and got some fried clams, hot dogs and fries at the Clam Shack.

The secret was that the fries would be to feed the ducks in the river below. Here are some pics from our fun lunch.


Feeding the ducks made the boys so happy – yet another of life’s simple pleasures.

First day of vacation – a huge success, with early beach walks, hermit crab races and fattening up the ducks!

P.S. Mom we made it safely = stop being a worry wart xoxo

About Twin Mom

34 year old, born in a small steel town in South Africa, now living in a large Steel City in the US. Mother of twins and loving every moment.
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11 Responses to Simple Pleasures Make for a Good Life!

  1. Sista says:

    That really does sound like a very successful day out, the first of many during your FAMILY vacation, I’ve got “family vacation” envy ;0)!!!! Love to all, love you x

  2. Bea says:

    What a fun first day of vacation!!! Glad you guys made it safe and had such a good morning. Enjoy the rest of the trip.

  3. It must be very fun for the boys to be at the beach during the vacation. I have yet to bring the kids to the beach these few months.

  4. Leah says:

    Awe, they are having a blast! What fun! We need to head to the beach more ourselves since it’s 10mintes away! However, we shall be waiting for this storm to pass first! Enjoy your vacation! Stopping by from vb!

  5. This holiday sounds like a lot of fun, albeit for you only partially relaxing (I know how you feel!). I love “soft” beach holidays which means I have never been one for laying out in the sun or beach volleyball but long walks in the early morning or evening, bundled up a little, watching the hermit crabs and other life going about their business…. I bet the boys will keep these memories as some of their best!

  6. Wendy says:

    What a wonderful vacation and so loved all the pictures of your little man! Thanks for sharing these special memories you all are making! Blessings!

  7. Wendy says:

    Meant to say your little men! :)

  8. Tracy says:

    Oh! Good for you! Enjoying the last few weeks of this amazing summer! What fun memories for your boys. They are adorable and so is the dog. You are truly blessed! Great to stop by and catch up on your blog again! Tracy

  9. Megan Tylock says:

    It’s so exciting when the little ones get so riled up and have fun over the little things! I have a niece who likes the boxes more than the presents themselves!

  10. Awe… Leigh… I know I tell you this each and every time…but you are a great mommy!! What a beautiful morning had by all! Grace, peace and blessings, Carla

  11. What a beautiful beach! And to have Daddy the WHOLE vacation? What a treat! These will be the times they remember as being the BEST of Times

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