Toddlers on the beach

For someone who is fundamentally opposed to change, it’s amazing how delightfully refreshing a break in routine can be. Yesterday, I feel like I played hooky and had the most amazing escape from my daily reality. I took a quick road trip down to visit Angela and her adorable son Alex on a little island on the St Lawrence. Bliss!

The day started out a little shaky — I was late dropping Simon off with my mom for the morning and then I realized I forgot my wallet at home and had to double back. Lucas was first chatty and then fussy as we flew down the 416 trying to make up a bit of time, and then I realized why he’d been fussing when he gacked all over himself just as we made the turn onto the 401.

But look at how the day turned out!

Beach Buddies

As if spending a morning with a fun, smart lady whom I admire deeply and her absolutely charming son who is a perfect match for Lucas in all ways weren’t enough, they just happen to live in one of the most gorgeous areas of the province.


Angela is an *amazing* photographer, and looking at her pictures daily inspires me to do better with my own pictures. Check out her Flickr account!

That`s COLD!

I’m sure the water must have been just a few degrees above freezing — Alex’s face says it all! (And yet, the boys were not at all reluctant to splash around — kids are crazy!)

A and A

It’s always such a treat to find another mom who has exactly the same sort of thresholds that you do — especially a mom who has a toddler who matches yours in both fiestiness and charm! Yes, you may splash at the water’s edge. No, you may not eat that rock. Yes, your pants are soaked. No, you may not wade out past your ankles.

431:1000 Toddlers on the beach

In the end, I think this is my favourite shot of the day — a perfect moment in a perfect morning. I wish I could bottle it up and keep it under my pillow and sip from it when the days are a little less than perfect.

Thanks, Angela and Alex, for a wonderful morning. By the time I was pulling back into the city, I felt as lighthearted as if I’d been on vacation for a week. Lesson learned: absconding from the housework and the computer and the daily grind for a little escape from routine is good for the soul!

Edited to add: I forgot when I wrote this post this morning that I still had all my through-the-viewfinder shots to post — here they are!

Buddies on the beach TtV

Boots on the beach

Hello rock!

Splash TtV

Todders on the Beach TTV Collage

Turns out TtV is well-suited to capturing the essence of toddlers on the beach!!

Author: DaniGirl

Canadian, blogger, portrait photographer, government social media strategist, mom to 3 boys, inveterate storyteller, professional dilettante.

11 thoughts on “Toddlers on the beach”

  1. such beautiful photos! I loved them, and the kids look facinated. Can’t wait to take my kid there anytime.
    I just loved: no you may not wade out past your ankles and the rock thing, that’s soo true!

  2. i love this blog so much:)
    the pics you captured with the TtV just confirm the complete timelessness of their lake fun and is how i will picture this time years from now:).
    i am glad the day provided such a change and break for you – you are welcome any time;).
    And I am happy for the company:))

  3. Great photos! I drive from Kemptville to Brockville once a week and love taking Hwy 2 along the water. We’ve camped along there as well. We love seeing the HUGE cargo boats!

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