When You are a Mom at the Beach

by jessicaturner on May 13, 2012

This past week was our first family vacation in more than four years.

The last time we took a vacation, it was just Matthew and me.

Things are a little different this time around because now I am a mom.

When you are a mom at the beach…

You don’t sunbathe and relax on the beach. Instead, you are constantly worrying about reapplying sunscreen to little faces and bodies.


Instead of reading a new book on the beach, you leave it on the coffee table at the condo, because you know there won’t be time to read.

Your purse is full of sippy cups, snacks and sunhats.

You rock a one-piece instead of a cute bikini.

You always have a camera in your hands and don’t mind getting sand all over you to get the perfect shot.

You build sand castles and look for seashells.

But the experiences that you have are so much better.

You get wetter, laugh harder and smile bigger because your kids’ joy is contagious.

I’m so thankful to be a mom. It is one of the greatest blessings God has bestowed upon my life.

And if you are a mom, I hope you are able to celebrate your loved ones today.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Disclosure: ResortQuest® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals generously provided the accommodations at our amazing Sea Pines condo and inspired this week’s Hilton Head vacation series. All beach adventures and opinions are my own!


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Marty May 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Happy Mother’s Day to you! I have 5 kids so I remember well those sandy days at the beach. They do pass quickly so cherish those little fingers and toes! This is actually my 2nd Mother’s Day without my mom. She and my dad passed away with 2 years of each other. So today is bittersweet but full of memories and joys. Blessings to you! I am so enjoying linking my Project Life with your blog.

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Debby May 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Yes, you’ve captured the essence of a mom’s life. And isn’t it the best life?

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jessicaturner May 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm

It sure is!

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sue May 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Thank you for sharing your holidays and stories with us all. I loved every minute that you sent us. I think that your little girls is absolutely gorgeous !! That smile she has makes me smile every time I see it, I share all of her picks with my hubby, which says a lot as we have 5 children ourselves. Thanks again Sue

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jessicaturner May 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm

awww… she melts my heart too. :) thank you!

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sue May 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Sorry forgot to wish you a Happy Mothers Day

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Tiffany May 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Yes!!! To all of this except, well, the one piece. Not because I am against them…but because I have worked hard the last two years to finally wear a two piece confidently. Ha! It might be a mommy fax-paux but I don’t care. Happy Mother’s Day to all you awesome mommies!!!! We have the best job in the world!

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jessicaturner May 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Girl, you rock that two-piece. :) Happy Mother’s Day!

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Barbie May 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Oh what fun! I love the second picture, the one with your son with his arm around your daughter, both in their sun glasses.

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stephanie May 13, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Happy Mother’s Day to you! Thanks for sharing so much of your life and ideas with us! Thanks for introducing me to Project Life.

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