family beach day at Kohler Andrae State Park in Wisconsin on Lake Michigan

Family Beach Day

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family beach day at Kohler Andrae State Park in Wisconsin on Lake Michigan

This is post 4 of my Beach Week! Check out 1, 2, & 3 if you haven’t yet.

People say that one of the most exciting things about having a kid is getting to watch them experience things for the first time. I don’t want to be cliche and jump on that bandwagon, but it’s true! To us, things like sand and water are so yesterday, but it’s so fun to watch someone discovering it for the first time. It almost brings back a little bit of the kid in you!

Before this family beach day, our one-year-old, Will, has never been to a beach or lake before or seen sand that’s not at a park. Imagine his excitement when he gets to Lake Michigan and sees 10x more sand than the sandbox at the park haha! He got so excited and faceplanted in it…on purpose! I felt a little bad because he got sand all over his face haha, but he was just having so much fun!

Family Beach Day

family beach day at Kohler Andrae State Park in Wisconsin on Lake Michigan

just wanted to make a note because there’s always that one person out there haha (I’m looking at you, mom 😉 )..but we took proper sun precautions and don’t be concerned if he’s without a shirt or something…some things you just do for a photo 🙂

Some people wonder how blogging + kid life goes together and how all these photos can be taken and well, it’s important to me that Will doesn’t grow up thinking our time spent together is “one big photoshoot”. I try not to force anything or curate it too much (though I do love props 😉 ) and I just genuinely interact with Will and ask Titus to snap what he can! And not only that, but we are now super fast when it comes to taking photos and all the photos in this post were taken in probably 10 minutes or less. That’s 10 minutes of taking photos compared to the 50 other minutes just spent playing 🙂

Sometimes it’s hard to understand how blogging works, especially when you factor kids into it, so I just wanted to share a little bit behind the scenes. Titus and I have even talked about photo privacy and what it would look like when Will is old enough and if he were to say he doesn’t want to be in photos. Of course, I hope we would respect that, but I can imagine it would be hard for the mommy bloggers out there whose brand is based on their kids and all of a sudden they don’t want to be in pictures anymore? Do you stop? Do you tell them that’s life? I have no idea! I’ve had my fair share of photographing other people’s family photos and let me tell ya, kids do not want to be there haha. But still, they “have” to be. So where’s the line and what do you do? Like I said, no idea! Just some thoughts I’ve been having. And I don’t think mom bloggers are wrong by any means, in fact, I’ve contributed for this one and follow this one and this one!

Just all of this to say that none of this is easy! But having a job where I get so many special moments documented is pretty amazing 🙂

family beach day at Kohler Andrae State Park in Wisconsin on Lake Michigan
family beach day at Kohler Andrae State Park in Wisconsin on Lake Michigan
family beach day at Kohler Andrae State Park in Wisconsin on Lake Michigan
family beach day at Kohler Andrae State Park in Wisconsin on Lake Michigan
family beach day at Kohler Andrae State Park in Wisconsin on Lake Michigan

Did you make it to the beach at all this summer? If not, do you have any last-minute plans to?

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Carolyn is the founder and creator behind My Chic Obsession. When she's not dreaming up new content, you can find her watching a funny tv show with her husband, raising her two boys, or planning her next trip to Paris.