Despite this Alaskan nature of mine, once the sun screen is all lathered on and the fuss of preparing for the sun is out of the way, I really like beaches. Sand - it's cool stuff! The waves? Awesome. The salt water? Not so great when you swallow it up your nose. :-)
The kids aren't so sure yet, but I think they warmed up to the beach after a little while. They were freaked out at first by the sound of those huge waves crashing on the shore! And the sand? Bentley refused to walk on it for a while. Jake liked it in limited amounts. Viva wanted to eat it. They were happy playing next to the water, and I have hopes that next time we go we can convince them to go IN the water!
We had fun trying to build in the sand. I think before we go again I'll have to google sand castles first to get some master builder tips though - mine kept falling apart on level 2.