Beach days have become a huge hit in our house.  We pack up the “outside” set of excavators, dump trucks, loaders, etc, grab the umbrella, pack food, and head to the sand for a few hours.  Oscar is in heaven and happy to play with his trucks for what seems like days (because as anyone with a two year old knows, life is in 10 minute increments) and we can just sit there and take in the calm.  I’ve tried on many an occasion to snap the perfect pic, and while I’ve managed to get a couple of good ones, my friend seems to have mastered the art of the Hipstamatic and has now made her shots available to others. I’m a sucker for anything with an umbrella (as seen here) so I’ll be getting a copy of this one to bring the beach home with me, so to speak.