Beach Day

With some scary driving, closed roads, and unnerving flooding, we made enough detours to make it to the beach!

I researched and chose Sylvan Beach because it was less touristy and cleaner.  The sand was finer, with less seaweed, and an actual park so no trash.  It has an area blocked off for families, so it had smaller waves.  It was away from the boardwalk and all the tourist traps of shops and Ferris wheels, which we could do anytime.  We wanted pure beach, and ocean space contained enough it was safe for me to take six little bitty ones by myself.

It was beautiful, and quiet, and even had a giant playground next to the showers so they all stayed happy and busy while changing clothes again when we were finished.

They loved the beach so much!  They were so good, playing in a safe space on a hill in the sand, while I took them down to the water one at a time.  They have never seen anything like it, so needed to know what the sand was like and how the waves worked (and how strong the tide was) before I let them loose to play.

They did great!  Of all times for them to be “good” and follow directions, this was when I needed it most.  And they did it!  I have never been so proud!  Or relieved!  They stayed together and right where I asked, so everyone got a safe introduction before we played together in the foam.

Maybe I was overly cautious, but at the ocean with six babies by myself seemed a good time to play that card!

Kyrie was so intuitive about being careful, didn’t try to run away from me, and mostly was mad the ocean kept stealing her sand!  She kept screaming, “Stop it, ocean!” and then yelled at the seagulls for laughing at her.

They had so much fun!  I’m so glad we made it!  It was worth all of the hard work, just for these memories!

Thank you, Texas!  Forever memories! They have talked all the way back toward Dallas about how they are superheroes who can jump over waves.  I love these little ones, and am glad we are headed home with all six of them!

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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