The Ordinary Moments ’16 #19 | An Evening Trip To The Beach

Where we live we really do have the best of both worlds. We are so lucky to be surrounded by beautiful Sussex countryside but we’re also just a short 15 minute drive from the coast too.

On Thursday evening when I was putting Bella to bed we were chatting about the things we were going to do together the next day and I promised her that if it was sunny we would go to the beach and get fish & chips for dinner as a little treat. Admittedly it was a bit of a bribe, you know the ‘if you go to sleep without a fuss then we will do WHATEVER you want tomorrow’ sort of ones 😉

It totally worked though so I’ll have to remember this one for future use. She went to bed like a good girl as promised and as soon as she got up Friday morning she started asking me if we could go to the beach with Daddy to get ‘chipppysss pleeeeease’ so there was no getting out of that one! The weather has been absolutely gorgeous all week here in Sussex and Friday was no exception so we managed to drag Josh away from his desk at work much earlier than usual and we headed to the coast to blow away the cobwebs.

There really is nothing I love more than a spontaneous evening trip to the beach with my little family at the end of a busy week. There is something about the beach that I find so calming and I always leave wondering why I don’t visit more often. I left my phone in the car so that I had no distractions as I wanted to just soak in every moment with my two favourite people.

It was the most beautiful evening at the beach and Bella was so excited to be there, she couldn’t wipe the smile off of her face. As soon as we got near to the water she was tugging her shoes off and demanding I did the same so we could splash around in the water. I’m pretty sure I spent most of the time with my heart in my throat as I watched my darling two year old fearlessly running through the water, with not a care in the world, looking like she was about to face plant into the sea at any moment  😉 It felt so good to feel the sand between my toes and the evening sun beating down onto my shoulders, there really was no where else I’d rather have been.

Spending Friday evening eating chips and walking along the beach splashing in the sea may not sound very exciting to some, but to my two year old, it made her whole frigging week! And seeing that look of pure happiness on her face as she chased the dog across the sand, well it made mine too. Children are so innocent and I love how they can find joy in the simplest of things. Something I need to practice more. Gosh, this kid teaches me life lessons















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Harriet xo



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  • Kerry Norris

    I’ve never thought to go to the beach early evening. Probably cause we live a good 45 minutes away from one. Looks like you had a lovely time. The photos are gorgeous. X

    May 9, 2016 at 6:45 pm Reply
  • Azaria Lynch

    This looks so lovely. We don’t live anywhere near a beach so I am looking forward to heading back home to Scotland next month and going to the beach near my in laws house or St Andrews where I went to Uni. My daughter has never been to the beach before so it will be a fab new experience for her.

    Azaria- Being Mrs Lynch

    May 9, 2016 at 7:46 pm Reply
  • mummydaddyme

    What absolutely beautiful photos. I definitely think early evening is the best time to go to the beach, when the sun is setting. I wish we lived nearer the beach, our nearest one is about an hour and a bit away. I would love to live nearer. It looks like a lovely spontaneous trip. x

    May 9, 2016 at 8:40 pm Reply
  • lisagraham1

    Lovely photos. I love the beach and every sunny day I tell the children how lucky we are to live by the seaside and be able to go to the beach x

    May 9, 2016 at 9:09 pm Reply
  • Little Ladies Big World

    Such lovely photos. We are about as far from the beach as you can get in England but would love to live closer, I agree there is something calm about it, especially at sunset. Xx

    May 9, 2016 at 9:49 pm Reply
  • Harriet from Toby & Roo

    Great captures. It’s funny isn’t it? I love a trip to the beach FOR the kids, but I actually detest the beach myself! I always think I need less than I do, or on the flip take too much. I always get sand everywhere (ugh sand!) and I am inevitably the one whose fish and chips get nicked by a seagull! H x

    May 10, 2016 at 9:07 am Reply
  • Kerry

    Lovely photos, I hardly ever go to the beach even though we have dozens near us. I should really make more of an effort and take the kids, so think I’ll go in the early evening soon if the weather stays nice! xx

    May 10, 2016 at 10:06 am Reply
  • Alice

    These photos are beautiful. I love the beach at this time of day!!! Just like us you’ve got the coast and the beach really are so so lucky!! Sounds like a lovely evening xxx

    May 10, 2016 at 6:07 pm Reply
  • This Mama Life

    What gorgeous photos! We live near the beach too and love an evening stroll down to have a little explore, especially in the summer. You’re right about 2 year olds, they really do make you realise how amazing the little things in life can be 🙂

    May 10, 2016 at 9:49 pm Reply
  • G

    Such gorgeous photos Harriet! We’re in Sussex too! Small world! 🙂 Bella looks like she had the best time. Cant beat fish & chips and a good evening paddle! xxx

    May 11, 2016 at 8:12 pm Reply
    • Harriet Lee

      Thanks lovely! No waaaaay – where in sussex are you? We should get our girlies together! xxxx

      May 11, 2016 at 8:25 pm Reply

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