Beach…with kids!

Today I was out enjoying this beautiful first day of summer! It was perfect, not too hot, nice little breeze, sitting on the beach! Going to the beach used to be my favorite thing to do! I’d grab a bottle of water, some headphones, and a towel and off I went! Fast forward to today! I had to tote half my household down to the water along with our 4 kids!

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There is absolutely nothing relaxing about going to the beach with your kids. It honestly wouldn’t have been too bad if it was just my older two girls, but bringing 5 month old twins along with me was a lot! (luckily I had a great friend to help me out) I used to go to the beach and take some of the best naps of my life! Now I’m lucky if I get to sit down for more than a minute unless I’m feeding a baby!

If you’re planning on going to the beach this summer with babies I highly recommend a tent that they can sit/lay in! My twins laid there and played with a few toys and then went to sleep. I also brought a battery operated fan to help circulate some of the breeze we had going. Another life saver for me was having a beach wagon! The twins aren’t quite big enough to where they can sit up on their own, so I had to bring their bumbo seats as well. I was able to have all of our towels in a bag, the twins in the wagon, my 4 year old holding her puddle jumper and beach toys, my 5 year old carried the tent and I carried a cooler full of drinks and snacks.

It honestly went better today than I imagined it would. We chose a beach that didn’t really have waves; that way the kids could play without me having to worry about a wave taking them away. The twins really just wanted to eat and sleep; so that worked out well. The absolute worst part of the entire beach trip was loading everyone and everything up! By that time everyone was exhausted, the babies were hot, we were all covered in sand, and we had half of our household out on the beach! I had considered going to work-out later today but I’m pretty sure I lost 5 lbs just toting everything to and from the car!

I’m not sure how some moms do it and make it look so easy! I’m pretty sure today was one of those days that I would get told a million times from people “you sure got your hands full” if there would’ve been a lot of people around. I’m learning as a mom of 4 that you just have to prepare yourself for things to go wrong, and be extra grateful when they go great! I sometimes get scared to take everyone out on my own because I don’t know how any of the kids will behave. But I also have realized that I can’t punish my older two girls by not taking them out to do things just because I have the twins to tend to as well.

My only other piece of advice for those of you going to the beach with or without your kids, bring baby powder! Saves you from bringing a ton of sand back into your car! Pour it on y’alls legs and feet and the sand will come right off!

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“You’ve got your hands full”

Got my workout in today, no not from the gym! It was from toting all four kids with me to the grocery store. I’ve been blessed the last four months to only have to take my kids to the store two or three times. But that wasn’t an option today. My husband is away on a TDY (Temporary Duty Yonder for nonmilitary folks) and I desperately needed to grab some Pampers and bread! Every aisle we walk down we get looks and stares and if I make eye contact with someone, they almost always say, “you’ve got your hands full!” Yes, yes I do!

I don’t know why this bugs me so much, because let’s face it, I do have my hands full. But when my two older girls are walking right next to the buggy behaving, my twins are quiet and smiling and I’m just going about getting what I need,IMG_5660 (1) I don’t like hearing it! I wish people would look at us and keep going, or say, “wow, they are so well behaved, good job momma!”  I actually enjoyed taking my kids to the store because I was so proud of how everyone was behaving. I left annoyed by all the people passing judgment.

I used to hear it all the time when it was just my older two girls. Looking back, that was a piece of cake! Children are handfuls whether it’s one child or seven, you’re busy! I feel busy 98% of my day but my heart is full 100% of the time. I get so many hugs, kisses, “I love you mommy,” smiles, snuggles, and giggles. I wouldn’t trade it for the world! So next time it pops into your head “wow that lady has her hands full” think of a compliment you could pass on instead, or just don’t say anything at all. Because that mom already knows it’s a lot to handle, and chances are she was already worried about walking into the store with her kids.

How do you other moms handle hearing this?

All about the Author

Well the first thing I have to say is that I just scrolled through hundreds of pictures and not a single one had a picture of just me! Guess that explains a little bit about me, I always want to be surrounded by my loved ones!

My name is Danielle, I’m a military wife, mom of 4, Christian, Air Force Veteran, Coffee fanatic, Chocoholic, Fit-Ish (heavy on the ISH), Friend, Listener, Reality TV junkie and Country music fanatic.

I currently live in the Florida Panhandle with my husband and our 4 kids. Jon is my husband, Emma is my oldest (almost 6) Presley just turned 4, and we have 4 month old twins Brantley and Savannah. We also have our 2 crazy dogs Windsor a silver lab and Remy our forever shedding husky!

I decided to start this blog because I love reading other wives, moms, parents, and military spouses experiences and advice; whether it’s getting through a deployment, health, fitness, or parenting.

I have plenty of knowledge when it comes to military life, considering I grew up an Air Force brat and then joined myself and although I separated after 6 years of service I’m still living the life as a spouse. We’re coming up on 12 years this fall.

I’m really trying to get myself healthy and back in shape. Having 4 kids has done a number on my body and I’m ready more than ever to get back on track! It’s not easy considering I’m an exhausted nursing momma. But I know there’s other moms out there that are going through the same thing as me. We can get there together!

I’m looking forward to this journey, and I hope you’ll join me for the ride!

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