So we forgot our beach toys.
Doh! But of all the things we could have forgotten... that wasn't too bad. The girl and I hit a nearby supermarket, just sure they'd have some (I'm always surprised how much of our supermarket is NOT food!)... and they didn't. The best we found were some cheapo halloween buckets.
So yeah, we were the ones with the Halloween buckets in mid-September. Tourists!
Paired with some little plastic toddler bowls (and lids!) to dig with, they worked just fine.
Genius, my friends. The redhead LOVED playing with these in the sand!
I think I saw the army guy idea in Family Fun (at one of the many waiting rooms I've been sitting in lately - ugh), and turns out we had a dollar store pack of knights hiding in the basement for some reason.