The beginning of August (really?)- by now I think I could pack our beach bags in my sleep. Not that they really ever get unpacked, but you know, sometimes it's nice to have a fresh towel. And lunch. All the essentials are here - everything from bandaids and calendula just in case there's a scraped knee to something to read just in case there's a quiet moment; from the ever-important rollable beach blanket to the carabeeners that keep all these bags together and help this Mama schlep all the stuff four people will need at the beach - with a babe in the sling to boot. Every square inch in that bag is accounted for. Our 10 year old gigantic LL Bean tote bag - one of many in our home - has accompanied us on many a boat, beach, and camping trip (like many Mainer's, I'd guess - I don't remember actually buying any of them. They just appear. and then they multiply). While this one may have worn handles and stained-on canvas, I know it still has many more trips to go. Especially with the new applique pick-me-up it got last night. Want to do your own? select fabric. apply ultra hold Heat N Bond. cut desired shapes. peel off backing. iron on. voila. no sewing required.
The sun is up, and so are my little ones. To the beach we go!