Flashback Friday – February 27

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHappy Friday!  Can you believe it’s almost the end of February?  I can’t.  This month has gone so fast.  The last two weeks are a blur since we were home so much.

I decided on a photo of Ian with bare feet in the sand since I have been cold all day.  Between the ice and snow that are still melting, the water, and shoveling the driveway, I have been outside a few times today.  So brr since it was below freezing all day long.

This photo goes way back and makes me smile.  I think Ian was two years old.  We were at a beach in Florida and he was enjoying the feel of the sand and exploring all around.  This beach has lots of shells so that is fun.

I cannot wait for warmer weather!  I am over the freezing temps and will be glad when it is warm again.

Take care and have a great weekend!

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 – Toes In the Sand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Thursday!  For today’s Throwback Thursday, I decided to post a photo of Ian taken in 2009.  We were at a great shelling beach in Fort Pierce, Florida. He was 2-years-old at the time and always with his paci (pacifier).

I love the sand on his hands and feet and that he is so carefully and intently studying the stick. I also love the look of wind blowing through his sun-kissed hair. It is hard believe that this picture was taken 5 years ago.  My how time flies.  My short and sassy two-year-old now is almost 7-years-old.  Now he is just under 4 feet 1 inch tall.

The notion of time flying is especially true knowing that my best friend from college has a son who is leaving for college this week. She wrote a lovely blog about him, which absolutely made me cry – both sad and happy tears.  I have a feeling that it will touch you as well.  The link is http://gibsongirl247.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/good-byes-are-hard-they-just-are.

I remember meeting Dawn in college during our freshman year.  All four years, we were in the same dorm, just changed floors a few times. We even roomed together during our senior year.  That first year, we clicked right away and have remained friends ever since.

We have been through good and bad together and we’ve had some very funny times and some very sad.  She is someone who I have a very long memory of and love dearly.  To have a friendship like we do is very rare and I am so very thankful for it and for her.

And, now her son is going off to college.  I remember the year he was born and seeing the two of them at the hospital, along with her hubby.  I remember when her son was the age Ian is in the above picture, and at 7-years-old. And, so quickly he grew up into an amazing young man.  Now he is leaving for his own college adventures.

I hope that he has as much fun in college as we had.  And, I hope that he learns as much as we did and that he makes some life-long friends.

There is a song that states how I am feeling this week, “Time keeps on slipping into the future.”  It goes go by so fast.

I wonder if I will remember to savor each and every moment? I plan to since before long, Ian will be off to college. For now, I will enjoy our adventure as he enjoys 1st grade.

February 19 – Feet

POD_2-19_FeetHi and Happy Wednesday!  Today’s photo challenge is Feet. I decided to choose one very old photo and then two more recent.

Here is a picture of me as a very young child with my mother to the left and her mother (my grandmother) to the right.  This is special because we are at the beach where I still go with my family today.  And, having the three generations together for such a walk is pretty great.

I have many years of fond memories spending time at this beach with my mom and grandma.  Not from this long ago of course, but my memory is long.  This grandma passed away in 2000.  She is still missed and loved beyond measure.

Feet.2Speaking of Ian, here is a picture of his feet while at another beach — this one in Florida.  He loved the feel of sand in his toes as I always have.

His cute little feet have grown quite a bit since this photo was taken.  It is amazing how quickly kids change, isn’t it?

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThis other photo is of Ian a few years later.  He is with his cousin who was taking a surfing lesson.  They both were having fun trying out the board.

My family and I do love having our feet on the sand — whether a California beach or a Florida beach.  There is nothing like the feel of sand in your toes and the surf washing over your feet.

I just thought of the “Foot Book” by Dr. Seuss that Ian just loves.  “How many feet do you meet?”

I wonder what feet I will see today?  I hope to see quite a few as that means seeing quite a few people. Hope you will as well.