We spent a lot of time at the beach this summer. Because the girls are older now, we chose beaches that were a little further and felt a little more adventurous, like Emma Wood and a cool spot in Montecito.

Lorelei went out on the surfboard with her dad for the first time and subsequently fell in love with her wetsuit. She now wears it at the beach even if she doesn't want to try surfing again. Isla loves running around in the little wavelets, screaming and jumping and splashing. She also went out on the surfboard, which was surprising and adorable. And me? I love to read, or look for rocks and shells. I also like to eat a lot of snacks and lay on my back in the sun as long as my kids will let me. That kind of warmth is a requirement for my soul.

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