By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Making a splash: Reese Witherspoon made the most of the heatwave this Independence Day Weekend when she put on a black swimsuit and cooled down in the sea on Malibu beach
It was a weekend packed with sun, sand and swimsuits for Reese Witherspoon as she hit the beach with her family.
The Academy Award winning actress relaxed on Malibu beach in a stylish black all-in-one swimsuit.
With her blonde locks loosely tied back off her face and wearing a pair of black Ray Bans, the 35-year-old beamed with joy as she made her way down to the shore to cool off.
Sun, sand and smiles: Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth took a stroll along Malibu beach in Los Angeles with Reese's son Deacon yesterday
The mother-of-two looked to be in fine shape as she showed off her enviable curves in the black one-piece.
She was joined her husband of three months, Jim Toth, and her children, Ava, 11, and Deacon, 7.
Later, the happy foursome took a leisurely stroll together along the white, sandy beach with their family pet, a cute French Bulldog.
While the rest of Los Angeles was awash with glitzy, Independence Day parties, Reese happily opted for some quality downtime with her family instead.
Perfect day: Reese's Independence Day weekend was spent relaxing with her family on Malibu beach
Swapping her swimsuit for a comfy, loose-fitting jeans and an oversized grey hooded sweatshirt, the Legally Blonde star could not have looked more content and at ease as she took in the ocean views with her brood.
It was the perfect Sunday afternoon for the star and a welcome break after her gruelling promotional work for her recent movie, Water For Elephants.
Her adorable family also looked to be enjoying themselves as they ran along with their pet dog.
Reese's son, Deacon, braved the chilly waters as he ran in and out of the surf in a pair of red board shorts.
Family time: Jim, Reese, Ava and Deacon enjoy the California sunshine together as they celebrate 4th July
Smiles apart: Reese and her husband Jim share a joke together during their beach stroll yesterday
One family member who looked notably more like her superstar mother than ever, was Reese's daughter, Ava.
Dressed in a vibrant yellow T-shirt, black shorts and a large collection of accessories, Ava paid a close resemblance to a young Reese in the 1999 movie, Election.
Ava has recently cut her hair short, just a few weeks after Reese chopped her own long locks off, proving she already considers her glamorous mother a style inspiration.
The 11-year-old's choice of quirky, secretary-style spectacles, string of pearls and large collection of colourful bracelets, proved she's already expressing her own style.
Mummy's girl: Reese's 11-year-old daughter, Ava, bared a striking resemblance to her superstar mother, pictured right in her 1999 movie, Election