And we haven't taken any pictures.
It is because we built a big sandcastle. We were all sandy and Asher and Jacob orchestrated different features. Even though Dan claimed it looked like an old man and not a castle, there was serious effort.
Then we caught a crab. Let me clarify, while looking for shark teeth and explaining why we wouldn't find a Megaladon tooth, I saw something moving in the sand. I reached down into the sand and scooped it up and carried it to a drier part of the beach. The boys manhandled it for a while, then released him.
By now, I am basically a marine biologist because i also found a tiny clam. We all laid on our stomachs and watched its rubbery clam part come out and pull itself down into the sand. Then we dug him up and watched again, and again.
We went into the waves. We all got clobbered. At one point i darted across the surf to pull Jacob out because all I saw were his feet in the air. It wasn't probably really dangerous, just startling. And to hear their shrieks of laughter...I have never seen them so happy!
We played Cranium. Asher is totally able to play and Dan and I have developed an elaborate cheating system for when Jacob must hum something or draw with his eyes closed. It's hard to pretend that you know that Jacob's asymmetrical trapezoid with lightning is a beach towel. But we nailed it.
We made BLTs, read chapters and chapters of Harry Potter, and had a long conversation about important things like:
Is blood magnetic?
What is violence on tv?
What do hearts sound like?
Why is lightning dangerous?
I also got a lecture from Jacob about why my bathing suit "wasn't appropriate because it showed some of your privates, y'know like your butt cheek."
So there was that discussion.
Then last night, we dragged a blanket out to the beach after dark to watch a meteor shower. It wasn't a spectacular showing but I think there was a point when we all felt at peace. Small, as Asher said. And Jacob, who is having a phenomenal summer what with the bike riding, swimming and now shoe tying, found the best 2 meteors of the night. That is after we explained that no, we wouldn't get wet, and no it wouldn't rain down on us, it would all stay in he sky. We were all lost in thoughts, but connected. It's something small that I will keep with me for a long time.
And I don't have a single snapshot of any of it. But, when you are engaged in these things without distraction, I think the memories are clearer and worth more than any picture.