Friday, September 6, 2013

Family Beach Day & What To Bring!

Our life as a family of 3 is quickly coming to a close, we are about to begin a whole new chapter as a family of 4! So with that being said we've been trying to spend extra quality time with our daughter while we can when my husband isn't working. This past Wednesday we went to Treasure Island, and even though we've lived in Florida our whole life we had both never been and this was our daughters first BIG beach trip. She's been to other smaller beaches last summer when she was still a baby but this was her first real experience at the beach, and she absolutely loved it!

The weather was beautiful. Low 90's and lots of sunshine! We had lots of fun playing in the sand, collecting sea shells and playing in the water. I think Jades favorite part was chasing all the birds, she was so intrigued by them! My favorite part besides spending it with my loves was seeing a group of sting rays swimming on the shore line, I have never seen anything like that before! (sting rays are known to be on this beach so it wasn't a surprise to see them, I had read up on the beaches website the night before that it's a common thing there).

While our time at the beach was fun, I was overly stressed the night before making sure I didm;t forget to bring anything. There is so much to bring when you have a toddler and are almost 9 months pregnant, gone are the days of just getting up and going on a moments notice! Now we need (or I should say I) need a plan to keep myself sane! 

The night before I packed our lunch/snacks. I also packed both of our beach bags and the diaper bag. The morning of we ate breakfast, put everything in the cooler and packed everything into the car and we were off! I find that having everything done the night before makes getting ready in the morning so much easier and faster. 

For lunch I packed for us - 
  • Spinach salad with brown rice, corn, grilled chicken and alittle bit of blue cheese dressing.
  • Grapes, strawberries, blueberries with vanilla greek yogurt and sunflower seeds.
For Jades lunch I packed - 
  • Ham slices
  • Diced cheese
  • Strawberries and grapes
I also brought some extra snacks to be safe -
  • Pretzel rods
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Oreos 
  • Lots of water and juice boxes 
In our beach bags I packed - 
  • Swimmy Diapers
  • Sunscreen and lots of it!
  • Wipes
  • Sunglasses
  • Water shoes for Jade
  • Towels
  • Beach blanket
  • Extra clothes for everyone
  • Umbrella and umbrella stand
And if you have a toddler or baby you know all the necessities that go into a diaper bag ;)

And of course I'm going to share our fun pictures and the amazing view from the beach! If you're ever in the area I would definitely recommend going to Treasure Island it is beautiful!

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