Throwback Thursday – The Drells

The drells at Mission Beach

For today’s Throwback Thursday, I am going way back to one that was taken in September 1972 in Mission Beach, California. I am not sure if it was taken at the beach or the Bay side, at least I think this is the location.

It is of me and my sister, who I called The Drells.  When I was little, I couldn’t say the girls, so this name was created. This was taken a few months before our brother was born.

I came across this photo while scanning some pictures a few years ago.  I just saw it again yesterday and loved it.

We often wore matching outfits and apparently these bikinis are one of those outfits.  I am the brunette and my sister is the blond.  I don’t have a clue what we were doing but we seem to be having fun.

We both have loved the beach for a long, long time. You can see that we clearly like having our toes in the sand.

Today, I am thankful for:

  • A sister who is a dear friend, amazing woman, and a great teacher
  • My brother, who we met soon after this picture was taken, who is also awesome
  • Our parents who showed us the love of the ocean, the beach, and the importance of family
  • Their spouses and children and my hubby and son who have enriched our family so much
  • Mission Beach where I have enjoyed my time with four generations of my family as well as dear friends
  • Sand in my toes — both as an almost 5-year-old and now
  • The beauty, smell, and feel of the ocean
  • Watching the sun set into the ocean
  • My grandparents who bought a very special home at the beach
  • Amazing family vacations
  • Cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends who made the beach time so special
  • Adding friends to the love of the neighborhood
  • Memories and old photos such as this one

I wonder when the next time will be that I am at the beach with my sister and the rest of our family.  I hope it will be soon.  After all, we do always have a fun and memorable time!

Throwback Thursday – 2 Girls at Mission Beach, CA

Hi and Happy Thursday.   We are just a few days away from the end of the month.  Can you believe it?  This year has flown by.  Now we are in the midst of another wonderful summer!!

Cindy.Patti.seawallToday for my new Throwback Thursday, I wanted to post two of my favorite pictures of me with my sister Cindy.

The time was in the early 1970s, the place is Mission Beach, CA, and as you can see we are wearing matching outfits.

The photo on the left is cute as we are in motion and ready to hit the beach – even though we are both dressed up.  I love the wind in our hair and our bodies in motion.

girls at beachThe photo on the right showed our personalities at the time.  I was very shy as a child and liked to be quiet and Cindy was very outgoing with a zeal and zest for life — even as a very young girl.

This picture captures both of us and who we were at the time.

Since these photos were taken, we have taken many, many other pictures at this favorite location.  We have them throughout our growing up years and with our own children.

Last summer, we took pictures of the two of us sitting on the seawall with our mother.  Special times and special pictures!

I wonder what our next wonderful pictures will be?  Will they be at this much-loved beach or somewhere else?  It will be fun to find out!

Summer Time

Hope you are having a wonderful summer!

I have always liked the summer. There is more time to slow down and enjoy life and get outside and be active.  This summer, we are enjoying walks in the evening around the neighborhood while Ian rides his tricycle.  It’s still early enough, that the humidity isn’t too high yet.

Later in the summer we have to either be inside in the air conditioning or enjoying some body of water.  We enjoy the chance to go swimming at the pool, be on the lake and a friend’s new boat, or go to the beach.

Not everyone likes the beach, but I always have.  There is something magical and calming to me about the ebb and flow of the waves.  When I am stressed and can stand and look at that water and feel the breeze and breath deeply, it just calms me down.  How about you?

In fact, the background picture on my computer is a photo of me at the shoreline.  Each time I look at that picture, I smile and remember a fun time and marvel at the beauty of the sun, waves, and sand.

Over the past five years, I have been fortunate to go with my family to two very different but equally fabulous beaches.

The first was on Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce, Florida.  This was the first beach that Ian went to as a baby.  He was fascinated at the feel of the sand in his fingers and on his toes.  Here he is exploring this beach.

This is a great shelling beach and I have found a vase full of gorgeous treasures.  Each time I went to the sand, I came back with my pockets full of shells.

Only residents and visitors would go to this beach since it was right in front of a community.  So, there were times when we were the only ones there and that was quite special.

Also, the water was a lovely turquoise color and the waves were calm enough to have Ian get his feet wet as he got a little bit older.

The second beach is Mission Beach in San Diego, California (pictured at the top of this blog).  I have told you about this beach many times.  This is the one my family went to as I was growing up.  I have photos of when I was about 6 months old at this beach.  And, there is a picture of me crawling very quickly towards the water.

At this beach, there is a lot of seaweed, very strong waves which are great for surfing or body surfing, and chilly water.  It is perfect for a hot summer day to take a dip in this water.  You come out feeling reinvigorated.

I have always liked a sunset into the ocean and have seen hundreds of them over the years.  And, I grew up wearing a sweater at sunset since it always cooled down just a little.

The first time that Ian went with me to this beach was incredibly special and I realized how blessed I was that we now have four generations of our family who have enjoyed that same sand and surf.

Whatever your favorites are in the summer, I hope you can enjoy them to the fullest!

Happy summer.