Every summer since I’ve moved to the midwest, I’ve wanted to venture out and explore nearby beaches in my area. I grew up in the East Coast and spent a lot of my summer days at the Jersey shore. It took me a while, but I finally got around to discovering some amazing beaches in Chicago. There’s so much to do in Chicago, and I love that I can even get a beach day in right downtown! Alas, it’s a bit trickier to get ready and head off to the beach these days. Gone are the days when I could just pack a beach bag, some sunglasses, and be on my way. With my little tot around, there’s so much more to pack and plan for.
That’s why this summer, I’ve really been more appreciative of what is available to us right outside our patio door! Since DJ’s been born, we’ve upgraded our yard and added a playground and swimming pool. This particular summer our yard has become a complete lifesaver. No packing up and scurrying to look presentable hours before heading out somewhere. These days we eat breakfast and head right out to the yard to play. There are days my son has wanted to rush back in and play inside, but it’s so great to be outside when the weather is beautiful, so I move my son from activity to activity to get him to stay out and play; we’ll dump cars and other toys in our splash table, jump in the pool to play with a beach ball, draw pictures with sidewalk chalk, or blow bubbles. They’ll be plenty of time to play indoors when our frigid winter returns.