Typically we spend our Tuesdays in the city because daddy takes the car to work, but at the end of August with schools closed we were all home together. So we packed up every shovel we own and headed to Surf City on Long Beach Island, New Jersey.
Growing up in the LBI area, the beaches there are full of memories for us. I spent six summers working in Surf City (at Just Bead It) and it remains one of my favorite towns in New Jersey. The beach was as gorgeous as I remembered, with clean sand, warm waves, and bronzed lifeguards. It made us happy to be able to recreate these memories with our kids.
It took N a little getting used to having sand in every nook and cranny, but eventually he was building sand castles and catching jellyfish. Meanwhile, G settled right in, eating sand and clapping for the waves.
One of the best things about finishing residency is that I now have Tuesdays off to spend with my family. Breastfeeding G on the beach while N buried my feet in the sand felt like perfection. Although doing this as a day trip was exhausting, it still somehow recharged me for the rest of the work week. I will always defend our decision to raise city kids, but as we wrap up the Summer, a mid-week escape to the beach was just what we all needed.