Memories Captured: A Summer of Splashes

I gave birth to fish.

They like to swim at the pool, jump into the ocean, run through sprinklers, and of course shoot each other with waterguns.

We’re only a few weeks into summer vacation, but it’s apparent that this year will be a summer of water.

Beach towels, sunblock, a cooler full of drinks, flip-flops, and water toys go with us almost everywhere.

Enthusiastic play, giggles, the occasional splash fight, and even rare quiet moments near the water.

Even though going to the beach with kids is so much harder than it was pre-kids, it’s still so much fun! Exhausting, but fun.

Do your kids love the water?

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Linking to Memories Captured with These Little Waves and Mama Wants This for Memories Captured: link up thru Friday night for a chance to win a video camera from ThisLife. Also linking with Jeannett from Life Rearranged for Insta-Fridays since all photos were taken with instagram and also because I got a chance to hang out with her at TWIN and she’s awesome, y’all.

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  1. Oh, cute cute cute pictures! My two boys are total fish too, and that’s one of the reasons I love summer so much! We all love to swim… and spend as much time as possible in the pool!
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  2. Boys, summer and water. That pretty much sums up my summer. I love the pictures, they are so gorgeous.
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  3. Mine do and I have been terrible about getting us to the pool this year!
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  4. Great pictures!!  We’ve been around water a lot so far this summer too.  With the temps in the high 90′s the past few days, water has been almost mandatory!
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  5. Looks like it’s never a dull moment for you guys. It looks like a blast though. 
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  6. Water babies are the best. My toddler is one!! 

    it’s gonna be a wet fun summer! Thank you for linking up, Shell.
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  7. Love the water. All my kids are beach babies. They love the pool as well. They are fishes too! We should do a beach date one day, if you are up to it, with all the kids. That would be FUN! My boys would love to have some other boys to play with. Their sister can become annoying. LOL.

  8. Sounds like a wonderful summer…sunshine, water, laughter…couldn’t ask for much more than that! I wish you and your family only good good things this summer!:)
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  9. Yep all three of mine are mermen. They have loved the water since birth it seems. The pics are adorable and looks like everyone is having fun.
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  10. Hahaha I birthed fish too! Just this morning I went into my work bag and found 1 flip flop and sunscreen. WE LOVE THE SUMMER & THE WATER! lol
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  11. oh yes, my boys love the water…and water guns and splashing etc. Those pictures of your boys are just awesome. They are all such cuties!!
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    • I have to curb the water gun thing some- our rule is they can shoot each other all they want and anyone else with a watergun, but no one else. “No shooting an unarmed kid.” LOL

  12. I am a water baby………….and proud of it!!

    Cute pics!
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  13. I hope my boys love water…yours do seem to be like little fish! :)
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    • Have you tried the puddle jumper with your little one? I bet he’d love the water in it!

  14. Our kids would get along very well together!! I think I gave birth to fish too :)
    That is an awesome collage.
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  15. My kids love the water.  We’ve been at the pool daily this summer.  So different from last year’s rainy June!
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  16. Absolutely so much more work with kids but SO worth it when they enjoy it like they do!
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  17. When they were younger they like to live in water. Now that they are grown, some of them don’t. But Summer time is pool, beach and any kind of water time for the kids. So much fun. Love the pictures.
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  18. Very cool photos.
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  19. Yay for water… in pools, in the ocean, out of sprinklers. My kids are the same way. But then so is their mama!!! :) Have a wonderful, splashy summer.
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  20. You definitely have some water boys for sure. Will definitely loves the water and Eli seems to really enjoy it as well. Sounds like you are going to have one exciting and busy summer Shell!
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  21. Abbey adores the water. Dylan likes playing in it but not swimming, at least not yet. And you make me wish we lived closer to decent beaches!
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  22. I have a family of fish here too. They love the water, and since I’ve always loved it too, that makes me happy. We are always in the pool or at the beach in the summer. And you’re right, doing this with kids is exhausting, but so much fun!
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  23. Wish our pools weren’t private clubs or that lived closer to the beach.  I know my kids would live in the water if they were given a choices.  

    I remember I was 12 when I moved Hawaii.  I spent every minute I could at the community pool and/0r beach.

    • Thankfully, there is a reasonable public pool near us. The private ones are insane. 

      Can’t begin to image living in Hawaii! Would love that! 

  24. My kids are little water babies too. So much fun!
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  25. Your boys are so cute! My kids love the water too, but in Utah we don’t have much of a beach.
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  26. Awesome pictures! My kids love the water – but we don’t belong to a pool so they don’t get to enjoy it as often as they’d like.
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    • My kids want to be there every single day. Thankful for a reasonably priced one nearby!

  27. My kids are not so much into water. They like the idea of it, but the actual playing in it is a different story.
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  28. I have fish at my place, too!

    And secretly? I love it! Such a fab excuse to relax and enjoy summer, yes?

    (Beautifully done, girl! Love the collage!)
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    • It really is! And right near the water, I have to be offline. It’s a good excuse.

  29. It just isn’t summer without water…I’m raising pool rats here in Chicagoland.  Gorgeous pics.  :)
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  30. Oh man! They look like they are having so much fun!! Just think of all the memories they are making. Speaking as a water baby myself…they are ones they will NEVER forget!! ;)
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    • I think it will be that way- they’ll think of the water when they think back on childhood.

  31. Love the photos! I am desperately trying to make my little one a water-loving girl. :)
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    • Keep trying! And I’ll once again be a puddle jumper pusher- those things are awesome for toddler/preschool age.

  32. Love this. My boys are the same way. Little fish and our summer will be filled with pool and beach time!
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  33. Alex does– Lucas has just learned to love it the last year or so.  Ryder loves pools- the ocean not so much
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    • My oldest just recently decided he likes the ocean. Before this summer, he loved to play in the sand, but didn’t like the water at the beach.