You didn't even know we were gone, did ya? :) Hubby's brother and his family came down to spend a little time in Southern California. They had the opportunity to stay in a house overlooking the ocean in Oceanside. And lucky us, they invited us along! The first night the kids wanted to do this... rather than play in this... Crazy kids. It was a little cool, but really, the water felt great! This was the view from the front window... I wanted a shot without the cars, but they were there all day. Baby Girl did not want to be in the water AT ALL. Last time we went there was a rip tide. She was knocked down by a big wave - which had happened several times that day, but this wave drug her out a little ways. It scared her and it scared me. A few minutes later the life guards came and asked everyone to move to a different part of the beach. Anyway, I think she remembers that experience -vividly- she screamed every time we tried to get her near the water... so... she did this all day long....(I know there's a sunbather in the back ground... you should have seen the lady that would have been in the pic if I had taken it from another angle... she had almost taken her top off...not what I was looking for in a picture of Baby Girl...) Little Bug played in the water, but then he went and wrapped himself in a towel, curled up on a chair and sat there. We couldn't get him to play in the water again or get in the sand. I don't have a picture of that... but, I do have a picture of myself I'd like to share. First, you need to know that I am TERRIFIED of the ocean. I'm afraid of the rip tides (especially after feeling how hard they pull on you) and I am terribly terribly afraid of sharks. I'm just sure that they are lurking in the water waiting just for me... ready for a little snack. I know... I'm paranoid. I don't REALLY believe that they have a personal vendetta against me, but you never know. Well, I decided to try and conquer that fear just a tad... That's me on the boogie board riding the wave in! I had so much fun! I spend almost 4 hours in the water. When I first got in I was scared out of my ever lovin mind. But, I got past it, a little. Of course, it came with a penalty of learning that the sunscreen we used was NOT waterproof. I got something called "sun poisoning". Ever heard of it? It's where the body is exposed to too many UV rays and it causes a bad sunburn, dizziness, fatigue and fever. Last night I had all the symptoms including a HORRIBLE fever... it was not good. It felt like someone was shaking me. I just couldn't stop. I'm better today though. ANYWAY, I would love to say that I conquered my fear of the ocean completely, but that's not true. I still freaked out every time I got to a spot that I couldn't touch, but for the most part I had a great time. And I might even do it again... as soon as this sunburn heals up just a tad.