In my mind, this was going to be anything but relaxing. I imagined the four parents straining to keep the two toddler boys within arms reach as they ran at the water's edge; trying to keep them contained in the wide open space, and not loosing site of them in the midst of other children, surfers, and dogs.
We took William to the water's edge a couple of times, thinking he'd love watching the waves and touching the water as it lapped the sand. Once again, he surprised us. He was timid and unsure. I held him as I talked about the waves and we watched the water get closer and closer to our bare toes. Only once did it touch us and that was enough for him.
We only stayed for a couple of hours, which was plenty of sun for us. The boys were tired and covered in sand. We left feeling tired but blessed by such a fun outing with good friends. We will have to do this again soon!