After getting lubed up with 195 SPF sunscreen, Canaan decides if she's going to risk the Arctic Springs.
She tries to pull the, "I just ate...I can't swim for at least 20 minutes! I'll get a cramp."
A plastic starfish doesn't count, sister.
So instead of "slowly easing your way into the water," we decide on the "dunking" method--the fastest and surest way of ensuring your kid LOVES to swim! You will see in the following video that after being plunged into the water, she immediately wants to keep "swimming." Disregard the cry--she loved it after her body's temperature dropped to acclimate to the water!
After a frigid dunk in the springs, her Daddy wanted to really push the limits of Canaan's "Extreme Adventure" personality--we call this the Peanut Toss.
You can see that Canaan is simply enthralled with her experience at the Springs. Or, she could be marvelling at how white her parents are.
But not for long, lady--beach time, here we come!
On Sunday, we load up the car and head to the BEACH! Canaan's very first beach experience!! In the following video, we chronicle Canaan's first encounter with sand--"gish" is a word she uses to say, "This feels funny," or "That doesn't quite taste right," or "WOW, this is FANTASTIC!" or "Hold onto the cat, Mom, so I can get a handful of fur." In this instance, "gish" meant, "WOW, this is FANTASTIC!" Canaan loved the sand!
It wasn't long before she did taste her first sample of sand. She got a nice, full handful and popped that sucker right in her mouth.
"Gish" in this instance meant, "That doesn't quite taste right."
Obviously she forgot that lesson, because she had a few handfuls throughout the day.
Which is why her mother couldn't really get the "tan" she had hoped for on her "beach vacation." Reading a Francine Rivers book, eating cheese popcorn and drinking a nice cold beverage isn't the same when you have a 10-month old at the beach.
Burying her in the sand bought us about 15 minutes.
Next stop at the beach...the ocean of course. So we head down to the ocean, cameras and video cameras in tow to document Canaan's first ocean experience. You will see in the video that Canaan realizes that this is a bit bigger than the "tub experience". The waves are faster, bigger, and there's a mean under-tow.
"I wasn't prepared to body surf that wave," Canaan is thinking. "I'll catch the next one."