Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach is not a bad place to be in February. The water was too cold for me. But then again, I'm not much of a beach person. You'll usually find me slathered with SPF 650 underneath an umbrella. My skin is like litmus paper in the sun. I tan walking from the hotel to the beach. Not bragging. I'm not happy about it. Thus, the SPF Infinity.

It was February Break for our schools. We try to spend every break with Cecelia since we don't get to see her during the school year. She still had to attend her classes, but I'll take what I can get. And really... who doesn't want to be in Florida in February? Carson loves her, and she loves him.

The water temperature didn't deter the middle two. Neither did the sand. My dear hubby didn't even venture into the water, which says a lot about the temperature. For him to pass up the opportunity to play with the kids, then the water really must have been that cold. I'm almost envious of their disregard for everything sensible in the name of having fun. Almost. 

So we're happy to take pictures and observe. 

I don't want my children to have a mere recollection of a woman who used to follow them around and record their lives. So every once in a while, I'll hand over my fancy camera so that I can actually get in the shot. Photo credit goes to the dear hubby.

The skies stayed mostly clouded over, which lends itself quite nicely to natural light photography.  Even in February, the Florida sun can be brutal. (Did you notice how I was positioned under the tent?) So a clouded over sky - without actual rain, of course - makes for a lovely few days at the beach and for lovely portrait lighting.

While in Cocoa Beach, don't forget to visit Ron Jon Surf Shop. It's quite iconic. Not only will you find everything you need for beach fun, but you're sure to find quite a few things that you didn't know that you needed but suddenly realize that you just have to have. Crazy hats, anyone?

After a few full days of beaching it, you may be tempted to sleep in. But take at least one morning to enjoy the beautiful East Coast sunrise. You won't regret it. I know I didn't. We'll find our way back to Florida again in the near future.