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maine {sand beach}

There was one natural sand beach in Acadia National Park. We decided to check it out on one of our first “outings”. It was really overcast and a little chilly that day, so the beach wasn’t very full.
One half of the beach was completely empty so there was plenty of room for the kids to run around and play. As you can see we didn’t really know what to expect and weren’t dressed for a day at the beach.
Levi and Ivy became fast friends. She was always looking out for him and he was always giving her hugs. So cute.
I wasn’t sure if Levi would like the beach. He hasn’t been a big fan of swimming this summer. But he loved it. He loved running into the waves and then back onto the sand. Back and forth. Back and forth.
I always had to keep a good grip on him because he was getting too brave. He watched with me and just let the water touch our feet for a little bit…
…and then he figured out his dad was much more fun. 
There was lots of splashing and laughing.
And by the end he was soaking wet and covered in sand.
We had to get a few family pictures before we left. Our friends and their three sweet kiddos.
This was the best smile we could get out of our beach-lovin’ guy.
We were planning on doing some more exploring in the park for the rest of the day, so we did our best to wash the kids off. The boys were the dirtiest of course.
And then we decided Levi was just too dirty. Thankfully we had been smart enough to at least bring a change of clothes.
A couple days later we went back to the sand beach on a sunny day. It was the warmest day while we were there and the beach was packed. In fact our friend Nathan was getting a little hot and claustrophobic. Apparently he doesn’t do well with heat mild, beautiful weather or crowds.
This time we were more prepared and brought swimming suits. (Did you notice that even on the warmest day I still was wearing a long sleeve shirt? So nice.)
The kids loved playing in the sand…they wouldn’t even look up for a picture.
And one more try for a picture of the three of us. When we were washing Levi off on this day a blog reader from New Jersey stopped me to say hi. It was so nice to meet her. She was in Maine vacationing with her family too. (Hi Melinda!) 
Wow. I took way too many pictures on this trip. I have a few more to post…you can just skip over these posts and check back in a few days if you have had enough! 🙂
Hope you are having a good weekend!

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  • Stacy - Looks like a great trip with Beautiful weather!!!! So nice to get cooler weather during the summer months.ReplyCancel

  • Stef - Jess, your tummy looks so cute! I can’t wait to see pics of that boy 🙂
    Loved all these Maine pictures! I wanna go!ReplyCancel

  • Toni :O) - Such a beautiful family and it looks like you just had the best time! Awesome baby bump too, can’t wait to see the little guy-you are absolutely glowing Jess, just wonderful! :0)ReplyCancel

  • Davene Grace - No such thing as too many pictures! I’m lovin’ all of them! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Karie - I have loved reading about your Maine vacation. We would like to visit someday.

    Off topic, I’ve been lurking here for awhile…I have a son born just a few days after Levi, so I’ve enjoyed seeing another little boy and momma go through the same stages we are going through 🙂 Anyway, so I’ve been reading a while. Last night I was out on a date with my husband (in Wichita) and saw your sister. I almost went up to her and said “Hi, I read your sister’s blog”, but decided that might be weird and a little creepy for her 🙂 It’s funny how the blog world can make perfect strangers feel like friends.ReplyCancel

  • Melinda - Looks like you guys had a beautiful trip! Maine has always been on my list of places I want to visit, and seeing your posts about it has made me want to go even more 🙂 Looking forward to seeing the rest!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - Love all of your pictures. Levi is SOOOO cute in all of these, as always!!
    I have never been to Maine & these pic’s let us all see how beautiful it is! What a great trip.ReplyCancel

  • Meggie - I’ve enjoyed seeing all the pictures of your sweet family, plus a beautiful place I’ve never been to. =)ReplyCancel

  • This Farm Family's Life - I am loving all the vacation pix. Keep em coming!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Ford - I’m so JEALOUS of your long sleeve shirt… i’m so looking forward to fall here in GA!

    And you can NEVER have to many pics… or share too many for that matter!

    Do you use your iphone for all these pics or do you have another camera that you use? And if so, what is it? And have you ever taken any photography classes? I love all your pics!ReplyCancel

  • Happiness Is... - I am dying to go to Maine – looks gorgeous! Your pictures are stunning. I love the one of the 3 of you on the gloomier day. And the one of the kiddos on the sunny day.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - Jess, I have enjoyed seeing your Maine pictures. Looks like a fun time and gorgeous weather. The scenery is so pretty there. Love the last picture of the three of you!ReplyCancel

  • Mum2twopreciousgifts - I’m loving the holiday pics and stories. Please keep them coming. Praying for good health for you all. Michelle from Australia.ReplyCancel

  • Hope - It was great seeing these photos because my husband proposed to me in Bar Harbor. It’s one of our favorite places!ReplyCancel

  • TimandCeri - what great trip. We took our 3 year old to the ocean this summer. Oh my he had SO much fun running back and forth in the water. What a precious memory.ReplyCancel

  • Country Roads - I love reading about your time and Maine and the frosting on the cake is the wonderful pictures you have included. Thanks for sharing. Glad you had a wonderful get-away!!ReplyCancel

  • Sher - I just LOVE that you ran into a blog reader while on va-ca. Maybe I’ll see you in Minnesota some day . . . we do have an IKEA after all! 😉ReplyCancel