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.

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Let The Summer Begin!

Nothing says summer like the ocean and the beach!

Nothing says summer like the ocean and the beach!

Although the calendar doesn’t say it is summer yet, we are starting our summer today.  Ian’s last day of school was yesterday, so let the summer begin!  Have you started your summer?

As I picked him up for one last walk home, one of the teachers said school starts back the first week of August.  Sheesh, we are just starting the summer break and we get reminded of when we start again.  I am ready to enjoy some down time and less structured days.

So we have approximately nine weeks of summer.  We plan to enjoy each and every one of those weeks!  We will then be ready for 2nd grade.  It seems that summers were longer when I was in school.  Then again, we didn’t have a week or two of fall break either.

This morning I had hoped to sleep in.  However, as anyone with young kids knows, that is a hard wish to have come true.  At 7:15 a.m., I heard, “Mom, are you ready to get up?”  “No Ian, not yet,” I responded and then tried to go back to sleep.

Then at 7:30 a.m., “Mom, are you getting up now?”  “No! I don’t want to get up this early. Why don’t you go play?,” I asked, trying not to be annoyed.  And off he went.

Next time I looked at the clock it was 8:15 a.m.  I woke up and was thankful that he was happy to play by himself during those 45 minutes.  I feel blessed and well rested.  I finally got out of bed at 8:30 a.m.

Funny that before being married and having kids I could sleep until almost noon, if I had been out late the night before.  Now, 8 a.m. is sleeping in.  Amazing how life changes, isn’t it?!  We had a lazy few hours after waking up.

Then we ate breakfast at 10 a.m. and have been busy ever since.  We have been doing laundry, some work for the family business, reading, and watching some TV.  Ian has been busy with Lego builds, reading his library books, and now is on the computer.

And, he has been telling me a lot about Mine craft and different Lego themes.  He knows a lot and has much to say.  It is fun hearing about things he is interested in.

Today we will more than likely stay in our pajamas, which I enjoy doing every once in a while. So, our first day of summer is exactly what I wanted — lazy and time to do various things at home.

This summer we will have more lazy days, take a few trips to North Carolina and one trip to California, swim, eat ice cream, take walks and bike rides, celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, work, read books, have lots of play time, and enjoy lots of other things.

I wonder what fun our summer will bring?  I can’t wait to find out.  Have a great one!

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 – Summer Fun

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Throwback Thursday.  Since summer is winding down, I thought it would be fun to post an old photo of my son with my dad at the beach.  This was taken in July 2010, so Ian was a few months away from turning 3 years old.

I love how dad is showing Ian the fun of the ocean waves on your toes. And the feel of wet sand, and the importance of holding hands so you don’t fall over.

Four generations of my family have enjoyed this beach and I just love that.  There is much history there and many amazing memories.  I am so blessed to have gone there as a child and now to be able to take my child. It has also been fun to be there with my husband.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Summers spent at our family’s beach house
  • Toes in the sand
  • Feeling the water on our toes and legs
  • Spending time with parents and grandparents during the summer
  • Small feet that have grown quite a bit
  • Many years of fun memories
  • A chance to have four generations at the beach a few summers ago — something I will never forget
  • Our smooth transition from summer to school
  • A family who I love dearly and who love me
  • Friends who make me laugh and help me smile
  • Prayer support

I wonder what other fun things we will do before summer officially ends on September 23?  I look forward to finding out.  And, I also am looking forward to the fall/autumn season.

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.

Throwback Thursday – June 26

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJust four more days of June left.  Wow!  Where has the month gone?  It seems like we just started it and our summer.  And now we are nearly halfway the summer through already.  Time certainly does fly as we get older, doesn’t it?!

Here is a really sweet picture of Ian at the beach in Fort Pierce, Florida. He was about 2 years old.  I love how it looks like he can reach out and touch the water.  “Look Mommy, almost got it” is what he is seeming to say.

As you can see on the sand, the beach is covered with shells.  This was a great shelling beach.  We had to wear our shoes to keep our feet safe.  Fun times!

Since this picture was taken, Ian has grown and changed so much.  His feet are now probably twice as big and he is much taller.  Amazing he was ever this little.

Today, I am thankful for:

  • My shell collection
  • The feel of sand in my toes
  • My son’s smile
  • A hug from Ian before bed as he says, “I love you Mommy”
  • A cold drink
  • An ocean breeze
  • Our summer schedule
  • A dinner date with my guys
  • Cheering on the USA during a soccer match
  • Watching a baseball game
  • Talking a walk

I wonder what our summer Thursday has in store for us?  I hope it’s something fun!

July 25 – Ground / Throwback Thursday

Hello and Happy Thursday!  Today is my father-in-law’s birthday!  Happy Birthday to him.  We’ll have cake with him and are taking him out for dinner tonight.  Should be a day of fun!

Ian at beachToday’s Photo-A-Day Challenge is Ground and it’s Throwback Thursday.  So, I decided to go with an old picture of Ian at the beach.

This is at a beach in Fort Pierce, Florida.  There are shells all over the sand, which I love!  I walked a few miles on this beach collecting shells. Now I have a vase full of them.

In this picture, Ian was about 2 years old.  He still had his pacifier in his mouth.  At that time of his life, it was hard to find him without it.

I love the look on his face in this picture.  He is so happy and full of adventure.  See his dimple?  He has them on both cheeks. He loved being barefoot that day so he could enjoy the sand.  He was fascinated with the texture.  This was a day that he ran around and had a ball.

He has grown quite a bit since then and no longer has the paci, but he still loves the beach!!!  Just like his mommy.

This sand is very different from my favorite Mission Beach, CA.  I love that each beach has its own uniqueness.  Special times have been had at both of these beaches!!

Hope you have a great Thursday!  I wonder what adventures today will hold?  I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to find out!

Ready For Summer!

CATES_at_MBThis month has been a crazy busy one for me.  How about you?

There has been so much to do for a while now.  Hopefully all of that will soon wind down with summer coming!

Can you believe the first day of summer is on Monday with Memorial Day?  Actually it isn’t the first official day of summer but does start the time. Pools open and people get out their boats to take to the lake.  It’s a wonderful time of year!

With many schools starting in mid-August, the summer is now a lot shorter than when I was in school. I remember three months of summer back when I was in high school.  The summers seemed to last forever and did from early June until after Labor Day when we went back.

There has been talk in Tennessee of changing the starting date of school back to September.  I do hope that is done!

I do so love the summer and all of the fun to be had!  Days at the pool or lake, trips to the library and local museums, or doing whatever we feel like.  YEAH!  I just hope it isn’t too humid.  But, in East Tennessee, that is part of the summer.  Time to get used to that!

What I especially like about the summer is going to the beach.  I have been fortunate to go each summer of Ian’s life to our favorite beach — Mission Beach, California (which I have written a lot about).  It has been fun to spend time with our family and see our friends each summer.  The ones there have seen him grow from an 8-month-old to now 5 1/2-year-old.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAFive years in a row for mostly a month visit has been an amazing gift and real pleasure!  I feel totally spoiled and have loved each and every minute!  Above is one picture of us when Ian was 2 years old.  To the left is from last summer when he was playing on the sand.

Unfortunately this summer, we won’t be able to go.  That is a real bummer and something that saddens me greatly.  However, we will make the best of our other activities that we will be doing.

Each time I go to the beach, it is so relaxing and brings back so many memories of my childhood.  I hate I will miss it, but have so many pictures of fun in years past to enjoy.

We can’t do everything that we want and this summer is one of those things.  Perhaps, I will instead go to the community pool to swim, go to the lake for a cookout, go to a baseball game, or simply go out for an ice cream treat.

This summer will be different but it will also be a special one since my son starts kindergarten this fall, actually in August.  My baby is grown up and ready for the next part of his life.

I must admit it is a bit tough on his mommy, but he is so ready!  I am thrilled and excited for him and all of the new things that he will be learning.  He already is a sponge and that will just increase.

Ah, summer!!  How I love it so!  I hope it will be a great one for us and for you as well!  Have fun.

I wonder what our adventures will be with this different summer!  I can’t wait to find out.

The beach beckons

I love the beach.  Plain and simple!  I love it.  How about you?

I have been going to the beach since I was a child.  And, I love that my son loves the beach as much as I do!

Going with family is full of fun and special memories.  Seeing Ian play with his cousins is wonderful.

And spending time with good friends is also great!  Catching up with those I haven’t seen in a while is priceless to me.

The sand and the sun beckon and the ocean waves ebb and flow.  I so love to watch the ocean and sit in the sand and follow the waves as they crash against the shore.

I also love to watch all of the people and the birds and other animals.  I always feel at peace when at the beach.

Here are few fabulous quotes about the beach and the ocean:

“Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.” — Michelle Held

 “I have always loved the beach. The smell of the salty water, the wind in my face, the gentle roar of the waves all combine to create a sense of peace and calm.”  — Anonymous

“The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.” — Isak Dinesen

“Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.” — Anonymous

I hope that you enjoy your time at the beach this summer! 

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.