Now that the boys are a little older, this summer we’re able to take them to other places where I can let them have a little freedom and run around. Last summer they were just getting their bearings and still somewhat clumsy, but now, they are pros are running away from Mommy and Daddy!
I’ve been wanting to take the boys down the shore and the Asbury Park Boardwalk has an adorable garden-themed waterpark called Asbury Splash Park. From a giant watering can that sprinkles water, to streams of splashes, it is really fun for any age – even the adults run around and enjoy the park with their kids. We woke up early and got there around 9 a.m., which was perfect because we spent an hour before the park opened walking the boardwalk and enjoying the amazing weather.
Being out in the sun is something kids love, but they don’t realize nor do I want them to know what sunburn feels like. To dress them for their watery adventures, the boys wear rashguards that I found at Carter’s and Target, as well as swim trunks that I love mix and matching. I’m slightly obsessed with Landon’s lightning bold trunks, and Nate looked like a little surfer dude in his Carter’s swim trunks. Since the boys will outgrow their trunks, I tend to shop on sale so I’m not dropping $20 on bathing suits that were worn for 3 months. For 2 rashguard shirts and 2 swim trunks this year, I spent around $30 for everything. Also, I do put sunscreen on them (SPF 50) and reapply on Nathan especially since his skin is so fair. And yes, I am one of those moms at the beach slathering on lotion on my children as they wince and protest. Sorry not sorry.
After the boys had their fill of splashing, and rubbing of eyes indicated that naptime was approaching, we changed and spent more time walking the boards, and just taking in how awesome being down the shore is. I wait all year to be able to have these moments with the boys, and the days when I can take them somewhere fun, and show them something I love, it really means so much to me. I find myself daydreaming about these outings a lot – and so far this summer, we’ve had a couple of really fun mini-trips in New Jersey that were perfect for their age, and easy for us to do as parents.
But of course, I couldn’t not stop at my favorite SeaChange Wooden Walls Project mural on the Asbury Park boardwalk before we left. And I may or may not have coordinated my outfit knowing I would see it…