What started out today as a challenge wound up as a good thing... Sophie woke up at the ungodly hour of 5:12am and stayed awake in her room for close to an hour before I finally decided that the two of us should just get up and start our day. On the rather-obvious down side: way too little sleep for both of us. On the up side: we were able to drive Chris to work to start his 7am shift and therefor had the car for the day. We decided to make the most of it by driving to Port Stanley and going to the beach, which is something Sophie's been asking to do for the past several weeks. Today is hot and sunny, and really one of the first days we've really had of "summer weather" this year - we've spent most of the season putting up with cool, rainy days. So how could I resist granting her request now that we finally had the perfect weather for it? We were in Port Stanley on the almost empty beach before 9am and had a blast playing in the waves, rolling in the sand (okay - that was just Sophie), and partaking in all sorts of fun beachy activities. We were lucky to have picked a spot close to where a lovely couple (also from London) and their daughter set up camp, and I spent part of the morning & early afternoon chatting with the adults while the girls built sand castles and dug moats. There's nothing like the beach to bring out the fun and camaraderie!