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Wednesday, May 4

Under the Sea (Little Mermaid)

If you don't like pictures of the ocean or sunrises, you're not going to enjoy today's post very much.....   If you do, scroll down for some stress-reducing joy!
My poor, middle-American-born child is a true child of the sea.  Nothing makes him come alive and into his spirit more than being near the salty air.  I don't mean in the "it's Spring Break, let's party!" meaning, but in the "I need the ocean to breathe" sense.  When we first arrived, he dropped his suitcases and ran for the water...
The first morning there, we went for a Mommy-Son sunrise date.  Taking a walk with my son (and probably your's, too) is a great way to get him to open up and talk about...anything...everything.
He took these pictures.  I thought he had a good eye for framing and color.  Especially given the lack of natural light at the time.
We played around the with sand crabs before heading back to the warmth inside the hotel.  Mornings are still pretty cool with the ocean breezes.  After a day of adventures, we headed out for another beach walk in the afternoon...
We found several of these horseshoe crabs that had been kicked up out of the ocean by the recent storms.  The boys each found a complete exoskeleton of a crab (long deceased when we found them) which became their most prized souvenirs for the trip.
The weather began to change again as night came on.  We chased sea gulls, gathered sea shells - (so many seashells - see the title picture!!) - and spent the evening walking and talking, just enjoying each other's company.  The only electronic device we carried was an old digital camera...and it was a perfect day.  Albeit a bit windy!  
There were so many treasures to be found from the sea.....recent storms had kicked up whelk and conch shells, some completely intact, as well as a ton of regular shells, crabs, and other rare goodies.  The best treasure from the sea, though, was the memory.
If the pictures just aren't the same, watch the sun rise below in our short video.  We created it so that our son could visit the beach whenever he needed his fix.
The gulls and crabs became more active as the sun began to rise.  It's a calming feeling, watching the world come alive.
Welcome to your new day.  Make it a good one!

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