We picked up some sand toys for Eleanor at the beginning of the week so she would have something to play with and they were definitely a hit.
We also realized very early on that "go home" meant she was hungry or tired, so we came up with a snack system that seemed to work very well for her. As long as we had goldfish and an "ice cream" packet (blended up fruits and vegetables), she was pretty content down at the beach for 3-4 hours at a time.
She also wanted to try boogie boarding when she saw Chris doing it, but kept crying whenever we would sit her up on the board and we couldn't figure out why. We finally just asked her what was wrong and she said, "Eh-know big girl. Swim!" and laid down on the board on her stomach and was fine. She apparently just didn't want to sit on the board like a baby and wanted to lay down like daddy.
Another afternoon, also after announcing she was a "big girl," she climbed out of her chair and went to sunbathe on the blankets with her aunties, the other big girls. It was very cute.
Eleanor dug holes with Chris in the sand to climb in.
We also took a few family pictures together while we were there.
We had a fantastic week with family and are already looking forward to doing it again whenever that may be! It was hard to say goodbye, so until next time, Emerald Isle!