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.

Throwback Thursday – Beach Fun

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Hi and Happy Thursday!  In honor of my sister’s birthday in a few days, I wanted to post a photo of us from 2009.  I decided to post one of us with a few other people.  We love the beach, so I thought she would enjoy this photo.

From left is my brother, sister-in-law, me, my hubby, and my sister on the end.  Her hubby was not in the picture.  We were sitting on the seawall at sunset at Mission Beach, CA.  This is our favorite place to watch and many, many family photos have been taken here.

This summer we look forward to another beach trip and I am so looking forward to it, as I know my siblings are!  We will be there for a family reunion and will see cousins, and aunt and uncles and dear friends!

There is so much I love about the beach and especially this beach.  I have been honored to share many memories with friends and family.  And, now I love seeing Ian’s generation enjoy it as much I always did growing up.

A few highlights of the beach for me are:

  • Delicious fish tacos
  • Breakfast on our front porch
  • Our tiny beach cottage filled with love
  • Laughs with family and friends
  • Bike rides with family
  • Playing in the bay
  • Long walks
  • Cooking and savoring meals together
  • Our family sing-alongs
  • My aunt’s amazing piano playing ability
  • Sunsets into the ocean
  • Feeling my toes in the sand
  • The feel and smell of the ocean
  • My hair blowing in the breeze
  • The majesty of the ocean and waves
  • The memories of decades of beach fun
  • The waves rushing over my toes and legs

I wonder what fun and mischief we will get into while at the beach this summer?!  I sure cannot wait to find out!