Sunset Picnic at our Little Urban Beach

Friday night. High 70s. What to do, what to do?

Friday nights are one of the rare times that my little family has leisure time all together. Brian is full time dad during the week while I work, then he works on the weekends. We really have to maximize the time we have together. So last night we decided to capitalize on the GLORIOUS weather and have a picnic at Broughton Beach (also known as Ditler’s if you grew up here in the 80s!).

It was pretty windy at first, and not as pleasant as I would have liked. I considered throwing in the towel, but I’m so glad we didn’t. The wind died down to a pleasant breeze, and the lighting on the water grew more and more spectacular. It was a lovely evening!

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My new favorite wine glass – a jar. It’s easy to put the lid on it when the wind picks up, and you can pack your wine in it without bringing the whole bottle!

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This is vegan “White Truffle Gorgeon” from NuCulture Foods. It is the best thing EVER, and you wouldn’t even know or care that it’s vegan. Dayl and her friend make it, and I can’t wait for it to make it to stores so I don’t have to beg it off of Dayl every time I see her. I packed a whole picnic for us and this is all I wanted to eat. Pairs well with Chardonnay in a jar.

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Usually Anna is the kid who won’t get out of the water, but she is plowing her way through the Harry Potter series. She just started book 5, “Order of the Phoenix,” this morning, and all she wanted to do was lay on the blanket with me and read.

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Last time I was at this beach in early May, there were a ton of dogs playing here, so we specifically came here so we could bring Jack. I thought maybe the Metro “no dogs” policy didn’t apply to this beach, but after more sleuthing on their website, I see that it’s still in effect. We certainly don’t allow him to run free, or even go in the grassy areas that are habitat to wildlife. I’m glad we brought him, but I guess we won’t again since it’s against the rules.

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I love this picture – Eric is such a ham, he’s great for a selfie.

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When Anna had enough of reading, she spent a good amount of time communing with nature. She was either watching the sunset with her arms out, feeling the wind on her body, or doing cartwheels, backbends and other contortions on the sand.

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Such a lovely way to spend the evening with my family! I’m glad we stuck it out through the wind at first!

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