This, being our first beach vacation with children, was a little different than any other time at the beach but we still enjoyed it.
Lydia was a little timid (or a lot timid) but by the end of our time she was jumping in the waves and digging in the sand like a champ! It helped if we distracted her from whatever she was afraid of. So in the sand when was screaming and wanting to be held we distracted her with digging or searching for sea shells. In the water we played ring around the rosie or dug holes in the sand (really close to the water) and hoped the tide would come in and she'd gradually get used to the water. Another tactic was collecting shells in a bucket while wading through the water. It was fun watching her overcome some fears!
Kesid is not so timid. She did great. I was a little worried that she wouldn't like the texture of the sand (she usually doesn't care for grass) but she didn't mind at all. She did try to eat the sand or a shell a few times but eventually figured out that it wasn't food.
It was especially sweet getting to share all our time with all the family. With everyone not living in the same town or even State (or soon country), these times are special!
Brace yourself... picture overload is about to happen!
I was really nervous about our 12 hour drive to the beach but the girls rocked it. They really did amazing! We had lots of toys and movies and snacks :).