Monday, January 20, 2020

New Year's Day at Crystal Cove State Beach

I'm not sure when we started this tradition of heading to the beach on New Year's Day but I don't really care as long as we keep it going. There is so much pressure & talk of how to change your life & make it the best year ever around this time that it's refreshing to escape to the beach.

Give me all the beachy air, sand, and crashing waves! I'll even take the annoying seagulls. New Year's Resolution: dig my hands & toes into the sand as many times as possible! Going to the beach is the first item on our Winter Bucketlist.
I suggested Crystal Cove so we could see the tide pools. Ha! That would have been great if the tide was low, but it wasn't. Thankfully, this beach is breathtaking even without the search for little critters in seawater crevices. Crystal Cove State Beach is a wonderful spot to escape everyday life and enjoy nature. It's surrounded by trails, hillsides, and tide pools.

I did, however, forget all about how many stairs there are. I was a trooper though. I refrained from telling Josh that I thought I sprained my ankle walking down until I was sure I hadn't. Pregnancy is weird & my balance is all off.

A funny part of this tradition is that we always think the beach is going to be too cold for the kiddos to get wet. It's now safe to assume that if there is water, the kids will get wet no matter how cold it is. We might go a little more prepared next year. Maybe.

Maverick thoroughly enjoyed digging in the sand until his sandwich fell in it. Apparently, sandy PB&Js aren't where it's at.

Payton usually plays until she cannot wait any longer to attend to her needs so sandy sandwiches weren't her reality. Whenever we go anywhere, hunger hits her the moment we leave. Bless her for playing so hard but also, girl, eat your food.

 My husband = the sexiest man alive! 💕
So many giggles & squeals came out of these two three humans. Josh enjoyed it just as much as the kids did when he finally decided to get over them being in wet clothes and splashing his.

The waves aren't scary when they're in the safety of daddy's grip. So precious!

Some major splashing happened. 
Hey! My feet do exist. 

We met some friends there, too but as soon as we had more kiddos running around, my phone went away. There was just too much to miss out on with everyone running around. Plus, it's nice to disconnect from technology sometimes & actually connect with people. 

Thankfully we had a stranger snap this photo of all of us. Score. 

How did you spend the first day of the new year/new decade? Do you think it shapes how your year unfolds? 

Happy 2020! May it be full of life, grace, laughter, & imperfectness. 


  1. This looks like such a fun way to ring in the new year! I love Crystal Cove (I haven't been in a while since I don't live in California anymore.) But I'd love to spend a day at the beach. And it's so true, kids will get wet no matter how cold it is!

  2. I think there is something magical about the name of the beach, too. Thank you for reading, Taylor!