John & Anne Wiley

2013/02/16

Maybe One

I know, no more baby stuff. But I had to do this one more, a few favs from our family trip to the beach for Lulu’s first experience of the Santa Barbara coast.

4284 Right Here

4284 Right Here

I thought she’d be drawn to the water, but being totally Here and Now she instead wanted to run on the grass chasing the birds. As we walked a short path across the dune, her interest was beneath her feet.

4293 First Glimpse

4293 First Glimpse

Approaching the surf, she ran into the chilly water and immediately fell face first to the great alarm of everyone but Daddee who calmly fished her out and walked her back to Mommee for comfort and reassurance.

4306 Chase & Evade

4306 Chase & Evade

Then he introduced her to the giggly Chase & Evade game with the waves, so that soon she had a healthy caution but no terror of the surf. Bumpa loved watching (and photographing) all this. Later she settled down next to those of us watching from the beach, and played in the sand with a yellow flower Bumpa had provided.

4313 Careful Cultivation

4313 Careful Cultivation

She very carefully prepared the sand, planted the flower, then repeated the process moving it to a different spot. I’m so endlessly fascinated, seeing my daughter at that age all over again with wiser eyes.

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