Throwback Thursday – Enjoying The Waves

DSC00210Hi and Happy Thursday!  Here I am with a very young Ian at the beach.  We were enjoying the sand and waves.  He was hanging on tight to my hands.  He was such a little guy but very brave to stand up against the power of the ocean waves.

Since then, he has loved being at the beach and seeing the ocean.  Like me, he enjoys putting his toes in the water and feeling the cold water on his toes and legs. This summer we did some of that again and it was such fun.

I have loved all of these years taking him to the beach in his young life.  All but two summers we have enjoyed time at the beach, which has been great.  He has loved the whole beach experience just like I always have.

There is nothing like standing at the edge of the ocean and feeling the sand in our toes and the water washing over us as the waves move back and forth.  Ian held my hand this summer as we waded up to our knees in the water.  It was as fun this year as when this photo was taken.

I also have enjoyed watching Ian play in the sand, building structures with wet and dry sand, being buried by his cousins and then popping out again, running around on the sand, throwing a frisbee, and having a wonderful time.

We love the beach, the ocean, and all of the fun with our family and friends.  There is nothing like a trip to our favorite beach.  I am blessed to have Ian be the fourth generation in my family to enjoy these trips.

These words sum up my love for the ocean, the sand, and the waves:

  • I love the ocean.
  • I love the smell of the salt and water.
  • I love the sound of the surf and people playing.
  • I love the feel of the sand in my toes.
  • I love the cold water washing over my feet and legs.
  • I love watching the waves come into the shore and back out again.
  • I love how the sun dances on the water during the day.
  • I love the vastness of the ocean and the power of the waves.
  • I have loved the ocean since I was about 6 months old and crawled right to it.  It has always drawn me to it.
  • I love this beach in Mission Beach, California.  I have had the privilege to go many, many times throughout my life.
  • I love going to the beach with my husband, our son, my parents, siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and friends.
  • I love that our family continues to gather at the ocean’s edge and at the beach house.
  • I love that all things about the beach experience have been a part of my life for so long. I feel truly blessed.
  • I love the memories of decades of visiting this beach.
  • I love this Pacific Ocean.

I wonder when we can next enjoy our fun at the beach?  I hope it will be soon!  I don’t like to be away very long.

One Week Until School Starts

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What The? Just one week left of summer? How is that possible? Where did the time go?   How did it get here so fast?  So I have to buy school supplies to buy this week?  No more late nights during the week and sleeping in?

It seems we just started our summer and now it is nearly over.  My time flies when you are having fun!  And we had a lot of fun and a great summer.  Hope your summer has been great as well.

It is hard to believe that one week from today, Ian will start 2nd grade.  He is starting his fourth year of school and that is amazing to me.  He loved preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade.  And, now for 2nd grade.

I wonder who his teacher will be?  We should find that out in a day or two.  I wonder what friends will be in his class?  I hope several that he has known and he can always make more.

We love school so the transition will be good.  I just always want more summer and more time to enjoy one another without our normal commitments and schedules.

We have had a great summer and have done so many fun things.  We have made memories, spent time with many loved ones, and have so enjoyed a relaxing schedule.

This photo was taken in the mountains in California.  Here are Ian and I in the meadow on our amazing visit. That was a great day and one of our many fond memories.

This week we will purchase his school supplies, get back on our school schedule, and get our minds back on school. Still we will enjoy the last few days of summer with games, swimming, and plenty of other activities.

Some of our summer highlights were:

  • Monopoly games that took days to finish
  • Treats from the ice cream truck
  • Flying on a jet plane
  • Singing around the piano with my family and friends as my aunt played for us
  • Swimming with my brother, sister, and our families
  • Holding hands with more than 20 family members before a shared meal
  • Having Ian play with his cousins and friends
  • Completing some great books
  • Pizza at a favorite place in town
  • Going to a minor league baseball game
  • Seeing our skating-in-slow-motion friend and skateboarding dog at the beach
  • Laughs and memories with many loved ones
  • Celebrating the life of a friend who passed away last summer
  • Having Ian finish reading “Charlotte’s Web” and then build a Lego set of the characters in the story
  • Celebrating my parent’s 50th anniversary in two different cities
  • Celebrating my hubby’s birthday and several other loved ones as well
  • Taking time each day to enjoy each other’s company and truly listen to one another
  • Having Ian complete nine books in our library’s summer reading program

I wonder if I can savor this last week of the summer of 2015?  I plan to do just that and enjoy all of the memories that we made.

Traveling and Home Again

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Friday!  Hope you are having a great summer!  Mine has been good and very busy.  I just noticed that this is the third posting for July — sheesh!

As you may have read in my post from a week ago, we had the pleasure of attending a family reunion.  It was so much fun but went by way too fast. I did my best to savor each and every moment.  Therefore, I wasn’t on the computer much at all.  Taking a break was nice.

One of the places we visited while in California was Mt. Laguna.  This photo was taken from the last time we visited.  Ian is walking down the path where my grandpa used to say Willie our elf friend lived in his cabin.  It was fun that year to find an actual building.

Being there again was great.  Ian and I enjoyed a day with my mom and her two sisters.  We stopped at a diner for lunch on the way to the mountains, enjoyed the beauty and smell of pine trees, had time to shop and find Ian a new stuffed wolf friend, and on the way back, stopped to get him some Lego toys.  This was one of many great days.

We also had several weeks with family and friends in North Carolina.  That too was lots of fun.  We enjoyed seeing Ian’s best friend from preschool, enjoyed yummy king crab legs and corn on the cob for dinner, went shopping at some favorite stores, and had time to play.

Now after being gone for a month, we are back home.  It is nice to be in our own space again.  Today is full of laundry, catching up on our mail, unpacking all of our stuff, settling into our normal routines, and sleeping in our own beds.  We are busy yet glad to be back home again.

Don’t get me wrong, we had a great time while we were gone.  It was fun to visit friends, chat with family members, sleep in a variety of places, and enjoy food that we don’t often have.  Still, there is no place like home and I am glad to be back.

A few things I am thankful for:

  • Memories of great visits with family and friends
  • Photos of these visits
  • Laughs with loved ones
  • Holding hands at prayer time before a shared meal
  • Cherishing sunsets into the ocean
  • A wonderful flight home and airplane adventures
  • Starting a new book
  • My kitchen and making a yummy dinner
  • Sleeping in my own bedroom
  • Messy morning hair
  • A safe drive home

There is much to be thankful for.  We have had a great summer and made so many memories.  Our traveling was truly wonderful and being home again is also wonderful!

Family Reunion Fun

Nothing says summer like the ocean and the beach!

Hi and Happy July! Hope you are having a great summer!  I just returned from a wonderful week in San Diego, CA.  I was there with my family for a family reunion and 50th anniversary celebration.

It was fun spending time with so many loved ones.  I am blessed to have a family who despite our many differences, we have learned a way to have fun and enjoy being together.  We have lively discussions and don’t agree with everything, but still respect one another’s opinion.  And, love underlies all that we do.

I love these people so very much.  So, it was a true and amazing blessing to see them — parents, aunts and uncles, cousins, siblings, nieces and nephews, and friends.  So many people and so much love.  My grandparents would have loved seeing all of us!

Over the years of growing up, we spent a lot of summers together.  We have many fond memories of our time together.  Now, many of my cousins and I have our own children who are also enjoying time together.  Now, four generations have enjoyed this special family time.

Because of our week of visiting, laughing, eating, walking, swimming, and enjoying the ocean and beach, I have been off the computer.  Taking a break was nice but I am glad to be back.  I plan to write more regularly for the rest of the month and summer.

Our reunion party included a 50th Anniversary celebration for my parents.  This was in the same room of the family church where my great-grandparents had celebrated their 50th.  In another room at the same church, my grandparents celebrated their 50th as well.  It is wonderful to have such long line of great marriages in our family.

A few highlights were:

  • Eating dinner on the beach house porch with 22 other family members
  • Catching up with cousins
  • Family sing-along time around a piano
  • The lovely harmonies of a favorite family song
  • My aunt’s amazing piano playing by ear
  • Old family photos
  • Breakfast out with family at a favorite location
  • Posing for new photos with more family members and friends
  • Walks on the beach
  • Swimming in the bay
  • Spending a few nights at the beach house
  • Holding hands and praying before meals
  • Swimming at the motel one morning with my brother, sister, and our families
  • Getting fish tacos with my cousin and another time with my siblings and our families
  • A trip to the bead store
  • Traveling to the mountains with my mom and her two sisters
  • Watching Ian have fun with his cousins
  • Standing at the sea wall at sunset
  • Ice cream treats from the ice cream truck
  • Time with my parents and celebrating their long and amazing marriage

I wonder when I will next see my amazing and wonderful family?  I sure hope it’s soon.  I so love all of them and cannot wait to see them again.

Summertime!

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERADon’t you just love the summer?  I sure do.  We have been quite busy this month and so I haven’t been able to write as much.  A lot is going on each day, so time for the computer can be a challenge.

I miss the writing, but I am having a lot of fun with long conversations with Ian, having time for work and play, staying up later than we normally do, and having time to relax.

This picture was taken a few years ago of Ian at the beach.  He was playing in Mission Bay and having a great time!

Here are a few thoughts and quotes about the summer.  Enjoy!  I will try to post more regularly very soon.

Summer to me is:

  • Lazy mornings
  • Bare feet in the sand and surf
  • An ice cream treat on a hot day
  • Playing games for hours
  • Reading one book after the other
  • Long walks
  • Lots of laughs and fun times
  • Long conversations with friends and family
  • Heat and humidity in the south
  • Cool weather in Southern California
  • The Beach Boys music and other beachy music
  • Playing with Ian
  • Listening to Ian talk about his favorite Lego build
  • The sun not setting until almost 10 p.m.
  • Swimming at the pool and ocean

A few quotes about summer:

  • “The tans will fade but the memories will last forever.” — Unknown
  • “It’s a cruel season that makes you get ready for bed while it’s light out.” — Bill Watterson
  • “The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” — Wallace Stevens
  • “In summer, the song sings itself.” — William Carlos Williams
  • “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” — Sam Keen
  • “Hey! It’s summer! Be free and happy and danceful and uninhibited and now-y!” — Terri Guillemets
  • “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” — Henry James
  • “Every summer has its own story.” — Unknown
  • “Summer — Hair gets lighter. Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder. Nights get longer. Life gets better.” — Unknown

I wonder what the rest of the summer will bring?  I imagine a lot of fun and a trip to the beach.  Can’t wait!  Have a great one!!!

Flashback Friday – Independence Day

DSC05822 (2)“Freedom is never free.” — Author Unknown

Hi and Happy Friday!  Hope you have a great 4th of July weekend.  I am looking forward to the time, although it will be raining for much of it.

Here I am pictured with Kirk in our 4th of July finest.  This was taken in Fort Pierce, FL, before Ian was born.  Seems like forever ago.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThe below picture was taken a few years ago of Ian holding the United States flag in front of his face.  It was posted originally for a photo of the day challenge.

I always enjoy our Independence Day celebration — with a cookout, flags waving, patriotic music, and fireworks.  It is a time to enjoy and have fun with family and friends.

I also like to stop and be appreciative of the freedoms our country has.  I feel blessed to have them.  I also like to thank those who have made this freedom possible.  Thanks to our veterans and current servicemen and women.  Because of you, we can live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Here are a few quotes about Independence Day and freedom:

  • My patriotic heart beats red, white, and blue. ~ Author Unknown
  • From every mountain side, Let Freedom ring. ~ Samuel F. Smith, “America”
  • You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. ~ Erma Bombeck
  • Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.~ Lee Greenwood

I wonder if we can truly appreciate our freedoms and live life to the fullest while being kind and loving to others?  I hope and pray that we can!  Hope you have a great weekend.

Happy July 1st!

Nothing says summer like the ocean and the beach!

It is amazing to me that it is already the first day of July!  Our summer is flying by.  We are having a blast and are quite busy, so that is why I haven’t been writing as much.

How is your summer going?  Is it hot and humid where you live?  Or is it cool?  Or wet?  There seem to be many kinds of weather this summer that we don’t normally see.

We have had quite a bit of rain, strong thunderstorms, and lightning. Thankfully no flooding as in some parts of the country.  And no fires.  I realize how blessed we really are for that.  My prayers go out to all of those who have suffered losses.

The air is often very humid in the summer where I live.  So it feels sticky anytime that you go outside.  After living in the same state throughout my entire life, you’d think I was used to that.  But, I am not.

We have had a recent break in that humidity and it has been so nice.  On a recent lunch out, we had a pleasant meal on the deck of the restaurant.  There was even a nice breeze.

That is how the weather is in the summer at Mission Beach, CA.  The above picture is of the ocean there.  I just love that beach and the Pacific Ocean!  It is a place I love to visit.  Thankfully we are going there this summer and I am so looking forward to it!

Nothing says summer to me like a trip to the beach!  How about you?

Some of my favorite things at the beach we visit are:

  • The blue of the ocean
  • The ocean breeze
  • The beach house
  • The front porch with table and benches
  • The feel of the sand in my toes
  • The majesty of the ocean
  • The movement of the waves
  • The boardwalk
  • The sea wall where we watch sunsets
  • The fish taco shop
  • The fun with friends and family
  • The bead store where lovely creations are made
  • The trips to Trader Joes
  • The long walks
  • The pier and nearby restaurants
  • The hope of seeing a green flash as the sun sets
  • The many memories

I wonder if the rest of our summer will be as much fun as the first half was?  I think that it will be.  I am certainly looking forward to it.