Hi and Happy Throwback Thursday. I thought it would be fun to write about the beach on this day when it so cold in much of the country. Last summer I wrote about not having a beach body for our family vacation to San Diego. You can find the link here: https://patticates247.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/beach-body-not-this-year/
Turns out I am so glad that I enjoyed myself and that we took lots of pictures — both with makeup on and without. Little did I know then that this would be the last time the three of us would have a beach vacation together.
I cherished it as I always do when going to this favorite beach location. I have been going my entire life so there are memories of many loved ones. Sadly, we have lost quite of a few of these precious loved ones. I keep them alive in my thoughts, memories, photos, and discussions with friends and family.
We had several meals out with other family and a few for just us. We laughed, we talked, and we so enjoyed each other’s company. We went to Legoland with my dad and had a blast. Ian then worked on a special Lego build and loved it. Kirk watched Ian play chess with Cody at the beach. We had fun getting our feet wet in the surf and had lots of walks along the sand.
We also had the pleasure of watching Ian learn to ride a bike and Kirk and my dad rode along with him. I have photos and video of that. We enjoyed meals at the front porch table with my mom, siblings, and other family, sunsets, singing and time with family, special friends, lots of hugs and laughs, and precious time together. All of this time is now bittersweet and something that I am so glad that we did.
I didn’t like how I looked in every picture but you know what, I cannot imagine not having pictures of me with my two best guys. So when I am sad and missing my love like crazy, I can pull out these photos and be comforted by this special time we had together.
During the summer, we also celebrated Kirk’s birthday, his dad’s birthday, other relative’s birthdays, and it was the summer of Harry Potter when Ian discovered these wonderful books. I too enjoyed them very much.
We also enjoyed catching up with old friends who we hadn’t seen for years, seeing the birth of a new family member, shopping trips, new books, long walks, times to swim, cookouts, and fireworks. We worked and had adventures with new families and students. We also enjoyed a few special movies together, such as I Can Only Imagine.
We had a busy summer. I will cherish it always. The three of us loved each other so very much. We two who are left truly miss our loved one. Things are not the same without him but we try each day to carry on. We encourage you to spend special time with your loved ones, take that vacation, and enjoy and savor every minute you share. After all, we never know when life will totally change.