We didn't plan for it to happen this way.
With nearly half of our family trip to New Jersey behind us, we decided to create a day devoid of a road map or any expectation.
The plan -- or lack there of -- was to simply drive to the beach in Seaside Heights (home of the famed MTV show Jersey Shore) and relax by the sea.
And that's precisely what we did.
And it was perfect.
We arrived just before noon, and since the temperature is always a good 10 degrees cooler on the shore versus what it is inland, we wore long sleeves to ward off the chill.
We started in Seaside, and then drove north, passing through the beach in Point Pleasant before making an impromptu stop at a playground right smack-dab on the beach in the city of Belmar.
Here's a glimpse of what our day looked like...
Where it all began. On the boardwalk in Seaside Heights.
I had been waiting months for this moment, for our baby girl, Kennedy, to experience the ocean...
And then it was Scotty's turn.
He's got a live one! No, he doesn't, actually, but I've always wanted to say that. He's really just holding an empty clam shell.
Now, my turn. This is a variation -- kind of like a combination of Upward Bow pose and Dancer's pose combined. But my jeans were too tight for me to lift my leg up any higher.
There is a reason they make yoga pants.
Me and my boy.
The Hubs and K.
I love this shot of K's fat baby feet, covered in sand, while she enjoys her first Italian ice.
Driving north along the shore, just a block inland. The homes are eclectic, well-manicured, unique, and beautiful.
I loved this sight so much, that I continued to see it in my sleep later that night.
"Giddy-up, Mr. Turtle!"
"Go ahead and slide down! Daddy is waiting to catch you."
Kissing the clouds.
Thank you, Jersey Shore!!! We love you.