We went to the beach and got in the water for the fist time today, which is a bit strange because we are surrounded by beautiful beaches and the weather has been wonderful.
I was worried about taking the kids to the beach by myself and when Lonnie has been working long hours, and when he does come home it is almost time for the kids to go to bed or we spent the time looking for a place to live. We still have things to get done o get settled, like buy a car (we rented one for this week) but we decided to take the afternoon off and enjoy some time at the beach.
Unlike the beaches in CA that I am used to the beaches here do not have strong tides. Auckland is tucked into a large bay and is surrounded by small islands. The beaches close to us are calm. Maya and I walked far out into the water and it was still just above my knees. The kids had a great time exploring. The beaches are also not very far from grassy areas with trees, which is especially nice for our pasty family.
We didn't go to the beach until about 4pm, so we didn't have to worry about getting burned, so Max only wore his swim diaper. Thankfully Speedos are perfectly acceptable here, but I don't think we will be seeing one on Lonnie anytime soon.