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Ellie’s First Beach Trip–Part One

Every few years we get together with my mom’s fam for a weekend at Manhattan Beach, California. It’s probably our favorite vacation of the summer. We all have the ocean running through our blood, it’s in our genes. 😉 We drove down to St. George and hopped in my parents car to California. I braced myself for a long six hour road trip, but it wasn’t that bad. Minus a few fussy moments, Ellie was a dream baby. It probably helped that she got to eat an ice cream cone and had endless entertainment from her aunts, uncle, and gramma in the backseat! We drove straight to the beach. (Changing into your swimsuit in the backseat requires quite talent, I tell ya!) Ellie LOOOOOVED the beach. More specifically, she loved the sand and she loved the birds. She could have spent the whole day chasing after birds (and she did!) It was magical watching Ellie discover so many new things. And man alive, it felt good to breathe in some fresh, salty air!



Alexa Zurcher




  • Allison

    Dream baby.

  • Natalie Scott

    Oh so fun! We're headed to Manhattan Beach next weekend, such a great beach! Love that picture of you holding Ellie, sitting in the waves.

  • Jessica

    cute cute cute!

  • Anonymous

    obsessed with these pictures. so dang cute.

  • Unknown

    The sweetest, most beautiful family. xo

  • Amanda M.

    LOVE the sand in between her toes! We visited Manhattan beach last summer for the first time. We enjoyed it!

  • Jana

    These pictures are beautiful! You have such a gorgeous family. 🙂 Glad you guys had a blast!

  • Anonymous

    Oh my! the pics of Elle standing are so darn cute! 🙂 looks so much fun to be in summer!

  • Ashley Wright

    Seriously, this looks so relaxing! I am in desperate need of a beach getaway! Glad you had a great time! Your family is as beautiful as ever!

  • My name is Lydia

    that picture with the birds reminds me of the bird clip on monster's inc. awesome!

    also, your daughter is a little DOLL!

  • Kelsi Strong

    So so cute! I love that suit of hers!

  • Rachel Sayumi Porter

    i want a baby!!!!!

  • P

    Yay for Ellie's first (OF MANY MORE) beach trip! She'll be boogie boarding in no time 😉

  • Unknown

    Omg, Ellie is seriously the most adorable thing EVER!!!


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  • Brooke @ Silver Lining

    You look SO good Lex! I love the ocean, so much. I swear there's something in the air there that's good for the soul 🙂

  • LWLH

    She is such a cutie.
    I love seeing their faces and they discover things for the first time. So precious.

  • Southern Elle

    Ahh how great! I grew up in the South Bay and Manhattan Beach, its my home town. Looks like you guys really enjoyed it. You look amazing, and little Ellie looks like a little Coppertone Baby. She is a dolly!

  • Unknown

    How great! Where did Grace get her bathing suit? I love it!

  • Unknown

    So adorable! I LOVE your suit and board shorts! And Ellie's suite is too adorable. Looks like it was a blast, you can never go wrong in California!

  • Rachel

    Oh my goodness! These photos are the cutest!

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