Sun, Sand, and Dirty Diapers

We live in Ohio…not usually thought of when you think about beaches, but beaches do exist here believe it or not…

One of my favorite things to do in the summer when I was a kid was to go out on the boat at Indian Lake with my my Mom, Dad, and brother.  I remember pulling the boat up to the beach, hopping out, and swimming to shore to play in the sand…and the little waves that washed up onto the sand.

Keep in mind I had never seen the ocean, let alone swam in it or anything with decent sized waves.  Even though these waves were less than a foot tall, I would try my hardest to body surf on them…if only for a few feet.

Most of the activities that we do such as the zoo, COSI, vacationing in Iowa, and going to see a ball game, were all Momma’s ideas.  I’m a homebody.  I am perfectly happy playing with Ace in the back yard on the swingset or in the pool, but a few weekends ago I got the bright idea of taking Ace to the beach…so Momma packed a picnic basket and off we went.

We went to a small lake about 45 minutes from our house and found this small beach after driving around for a while.  We had lunch in the shelter house and then got ready for some swimming…

We could not find our pack of Little Swimmers diapers, so we just brought a pair of underwear and a pair of swimming trunks for Ace.

Ace was amazed as he and I walked out onto the sand towards the water…

Dad And Ace Looking From The Beach

Dad And Ace Looking From The Beach

Once the amazement had been washed away it was time to play in the sand…

Playing In The Sand

Playing In The Sand

And what can be more cuter than baby feet buried in the beach sand?

Baby Feet Buried In The Beach Sand

Baby Feet Buried In The Beach Sand

After he got the hang of the sand he was off to bigger and better things…splashing in the waves…

Ace Playing In The Waves

Ace Playing In The Waves

And when a boat would go by, the waves got bigger…and more fun!

Big Waves

Big Waves

And then he crapped his pants…and crapped them good.  The underwear and swimming trunks were put out of commission for the day and we had to revert to a plain old diaper…

I ran out to the car with bare feet to clean him up and put on a diaper.  Ever tried to change a diaper while dancing on the sun beaten pavement to keep your bare feet from spontaneously combusting?  Not as easy as it sounds… 😀

And then the sand…it was everywhere!!  There was sand in the poop, and poop in the sand.  If nothing else positive came out of this experience, his tush got a good exfoliation treatment as I went through a package of wipes trying to clean the mess.  😀

Once everyone had a clean butt I put on my trunks and we headed out to deeper water…

Heading Out To Deeper Water

Heading Out To Deeper Water

Of course, since Ace had on a regular diaper now,  he weighed about 50 lbs (25 lbs of Ace and 25 lbs of water that had absorbed into his diaper). 😀

It was a fun day that brought back memories for me, and hopefully made some memories for Ace.  Just look at his face…it has HAVING FUN written all over it…as he splashes in the sun.  😀

Having Fun Face

Having Fun Face

BTW: We have some big news to reveal in the very near future…stay tuned.  😀


  1. New cat? new lawnmower? a hair transplant?…

    I can but hope ;0)

    lovely shots of the wee man as always.

  2. Annie says:

    Wow! I am so Jealous 😉 Suchha nice time you having…….Keep that up!

    Not fair Dad! I will have to keep coming every now and then to your blog to check the news 🙂

  3. Dad of Divas says:

    Great photos! We used to live in Southern Ohio, and I can definitely say that there is water in Ohio (imagine that)! Just like Annie Stated, I am jealous as well…would rather be at a lake than behind the desk at work!

    • Jared says:

      @Dad of Divas
      Southern OH is one of my favorite places to visit…especially south east. Ever been to Logan? The Hot Tob capital? 😀 We go there and rent cabins every now and then. 😀

  4. Honeybell says:

    LOL! I adore Ace’s Having Fun Face!

  5. VegasDad says:

    That looks like a lot of fun. And thanks for the education. I was not aware of any beaches in middle America. I grew up on the Pacific Ocean. Speaking of ocean, I didn’t know there were still people that have never seen an ocean. You need to hop on a plane and see one. Of course, you could just wait for the global warming thing to kick into high gear and soon enough the waves of the oceans will be on your door step.

    • Jared says:

      I have seen the ocean now…in California and in Miami, but I have never swam in the Ocean. The closest was swimming in the gulf in Cancuun. I consider it ocean, but technically it is not. 😀

  6. What a cutie. Doesn’t poop always happen at the most innopportune moments (really, though – when is an opportune moment…)

    Looks like he had a good time.

  7. Looks like you are having fun at the “beach”. Seems like Ace will be a little water monster in no time.

    Cant wait to hear what the news is.

  8. Angela says:

    When are you coming to myrtle!?

    And whats the big news? You are buying a new car? House? What could it be!?!?!?!? I am grinning ear to ear, I hope its what I am thinking it is…I started screaming when I read that!!

    Love ya guys MISS YOU!

    • Jared says:

      Maybe we’ll come to myrtle next year for vacation. I can;t tell you what the big news is it…you’ll just have to wait like everyone else. 😀

  9. Pete Aldin says:

    How cool! Except of course for the diaper episode. Man if that’d been me I’d have choking back the swear words.

    Nice job Dad. And great photos!

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  11. tanya25m says:

    Nice pictures! Love the ‘baby feet’ one!!

    Sorry I’ve been MIA for so long… Hope to be around more frequently from now on 🙂

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