Beachy Dreams

by Jessica Shyba on April 27, 2012

in California,Parenting

Often, when I think about how different our lives are now than they were in the Bay Area, I immediately think about taxis, subways and grocery shopping. It’s just what images pop into my head whenever I’m reminded about our transition from life in California. These are the biggest changes that I experienced as an adult and mother of now three little children and the most significant ways in which my reality was altered.

If you asked Jack and Zoe what they miss the most about California, they will both tell you that they miss the beach. Actually, my husband will say the same thing. We lived about 30 minutes from the Pacific Ocean in Santa Cruz, and spent many of our summer-and even some winter-weekends with our toes in the sand.

So of course, when I took the kids back home for vacation a couple of weeks ago, one of the stops that topped our list was the beach and we were fortunate enough to make it at least once with Justin’s parents.


There is no feeling quite like the freedom that enters your soul on a beach. Children understand this, too.

It was too cold to put suits on and go into the water, and they didn’t even really have any actual sand toys to build castles with. They dug their knees into the sand, danced in the wind and laughed together, because that’s just what happens on the beach. It’s nature’s finest playground.




In fact, the beach is the second most enticing part about moving back to California next year, and even more exciting that our future may even include living mere feet from the ocean. I’ve really become such a New York City person, but seeing my kids on the beach and the joy that it brought them made me want to move home pronto.

As the temperature is dipping down into the thirties tonight, the beach is taking up some prime real estate in my brain. We may have to head to Connecticut or the Jersey Shore (no really) this summer before our next scheduled trip to California in August.


This post was sponsored by GoGo Squeez in honor of their newest flavor, Apple Mango and new fancy packaging. I’m teaming up with them to encourage you to also bring the play.

Win It:

Together with GoGo SqueeZ, I’m hosting a giveaway for an assortment set of GoGo Squeeze four packs, including one of the newest flavor!

To Enter:

Leave a comment answering this prompt: “I always play______!”

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“Like” Momma’s Gone City and GoGo SqueeZ on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did or already do.

Contest will run from today, April 26th until May 5th at midnight PST. One entry per person. Open to US residents only. Winner will be chosen randomly.

I have partnered with GoGo squeeZ as a member of the SqueeZ Squad. Over the next few months I will be helping them pass the play.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Jean April 28, 2012 at 5:36 am

I always play on the beach!


Guan Yang April 28, 2012 at 9:42 am

There are beaches right here in New York City.


kim @the fordeville diaries April 28, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I love that feeling of breathing in the ocean air — glad you guys got to enjoy it on your trip.
And I promise you, the Jersey Shore has plenty of beautiful beaches without a Snooki in sight. Yes, really ;)


Marta April 29, 2012 at 5:32 am

And this is why I want to move to California from Minnesota. I belong on a beach. Now to convince my husband so.

I always play shark in the water!


Marta April 29, 2012 at 5:34 am

Follow you on Facebook!


Zmama April 30, 2012 at 1:29 am

I always play beach ball on the beach!


A.Smith April 30, 2012 at 2:22 am

I always play with no reservations.


A.Smith April 30, 2012 at 2:23 am

I like you both on facebook – Amber Smith


Jenny April 30, 2012 at 3:42 am

You can always take the subway to Coney Island or our favorite, the Rockaways. The Jersey Shore has many lovely spots. My husband is a native New Yorker and he has spent the last three summers educating me on the joys of summer here. We still prize our NC beach vacations, but we love taking the train out to a city beach too!


Pam at Triple Threat Mommy April 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I always play with the girls: at the playground, scooting, in restaurants…endless!
…And I follow you and GoGo Squeez on Facebook already :)
Thanks for the fun giveaway, Jessica!


Tara F. April 30, 2012 at 11:16 pm

I always play fair, with my son, at the park, at home, etc.
sweetpeonies07 at gmail


Tara F. April 30, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I already follow both Momma’s Gone City and Go Go Squeez on FB.
sweetpeonies7 at gmail


Shari May 1, 2012 at 3:33 am

I always play… reindeer games, with my toddler and 11-month-old. ;)

Also: I follow you on Facebook.


Carol L May 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I always play by the rules. :)
Thanks for the opportunity.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com


Jeanne May 2, 2012 at 9:12 am

I always play fair!


Jeanne May 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

I like you on fb!


Jeanne May 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

I like Go Go Squeeze on fb!


Shawna May 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I love to play in the waves at the beach with my daughter and teaching her about the fun of the beach. We moved from the coast o Georgia to about an hour away from the coast of North Carolina. So we now have a new beach to explore.


jim May 4, 2012 at 10:57 am

I always play golf!


Bob May 4, 2012 at 10:58 am

I always play with my granchildren at the park. Now I play with my great granchildren too!


Marcela May 4, 2012 at 11:42 pm

I always play ….nice! ( :


Jeanne May 5, 2012 at 10:09 am

I always play at the spa!


shannon May 5, 2012 at 10:10 am

I always play at concerts!!!!


Corey Feldman May 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm

I love DC but I really wish the beach was closer. I would love to live on the beach someday, or at least have a second home on one…


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