Easter at Cocoa Beach

easter sunday at cocoa beach

So yesterday was Easter Sunday, a religious holiday for some, but for us a chance to spend a little bit of quality time as a family. It being Dexter’s THIRD Easter and Daniel’s first, we were a little more laid back than we have been in years past.

The day started with Dexter having to be pointed in the right direction of his Easter basket, which was sitting in plain sight on the couch. He’s not very observant, but he’s getting better.  This year, despite having big plans for an all out Easter extravaganza, the fact that we weren’t yet in our new house meant that we had to scale back and buy a pre-made basket. We went with a Cars theme, as he seems to really like Cars items. We bought it from Target for $15, and we chose it because it was light on candy and high on toys, including a rocket launcher and a race track!

Easter Basket

Easter Morning

We also bought him a new superhero t-shirt. After the success of his batman shirt (with cape!) that his grandma got him, we spent $12 to get him a Superman tshirt with corresponding cape. He wore it out and about, and so many people came up to ask where we got it. It’s a little big on him, but it looks so darn cute!

Super Man

After a morning of playing with toys, we gathered the troops and all of our energy and headed down to the coast to enjoy some beach fun. We ended up taking the so-called scenic route to get there, but the kids slept most of the way there, and we arrived with a hunger for adventure (and a hunger for McDonalds, which we indulged just before we got there!).

Mama in Sun Hat

Daddy

It wasn’t too crowded, and I was excited as I got to wear my new sun hat. Dexter had an absolute ball, playing in the sand sand splashing in the waves.

A bit of driftwood became a fun shovel, and he marvelled at the way his skin sparkled in the sunshine due to the fine coating of sand he managed to accrue.

Mom and Dan

Beach Boys

Most of the time, I sat in our beach tent, making sure that Daniel was safely out of the sunshine, and Mark played with Dexter, chasing him up and down the beach and tiring him out more effectively than anything else could.

Being Daddy

Mom and Dex

I did manage to take a few minutes to play with Dexter in the surf, and we had fun jumping over the tiny little waves. While daddy had to go off to use the restroom, he even laid with me on the towels, sunning himself and gorging on salt water taffy (a favorite treat!).

We stayed for about three hours before dragging ourselves out of the beautiful sunshine and heading home. Of course, the kids were covered in so much sand that we ended up just stripping them down and letting them ride home mostly naked.

If you ever want to make sure your kid sleeps well, take them to the beach! We were shocked that Dexter slept the whole way home, despite having already napped on the way there! That never happens!

Exhausted Baby

I hope you enjoyed your Easter Sunday, whatever you chose to do. Did you spend it with family? Friends? Any interesting stories to share?

I’ll leave you with one last photo (or two really). This was from when we stopped at McDonalds for lunch. A bird perched itself on the hood of our car, and I managed to snatch a photo just as it flew away. For some reason, it just seemed quite beautiful to me. I hope you agree.

Easter Birdie

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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

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  1. Love all the pics! I miss going to a warm beach. We live 5 minutes from the ocean but it’s always in the 50’s or 60’s here so we rarely go.

    I love the pic with Daniel and Mark. He looks so little! And I love LOVE your sunglasses and hat!

    1. Yah, one of the reasons we chose Florid when we moved was so that we could go to the beach any time we wanted! 🙂 It’s so nice. Though I wish I lived closer to one. We have to drive about 90 minutes to get there. 🙂

  2. Love all the pics! I miss going to a warm beach. We live 5 minutes from the ocean but it’s always in the 50’s or 60’s here so we rarely go.

    I love the pic with Daniel and Mark. He looks so little! And I love LOVE your sunglasses and hat!

    1. Yah, one of the reasons we chose Florid when we moved was so that we could go to the beach any time we wanted! 🙂 It’s so nice. Though I wish I lived closer to one. We have to drive about 90 minutes to get there. 🙂

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