We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are." ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

From the Helm...

The beach is an awesome place of relaxation for the soul. When I look at this picture and think "Booyeah- THIS is my LIFE!!??!!" I can't help but smile again! The beach is amazing for so many reasons.
It's a place to contemplate the greatness and power of the waves and a creative God that made the oceans and little 3 year olds who think they can stop them. (He's guarding his sandlumpcastle)
It's great to know that Lukas sees who is boss in this universe, but also knows of his own strength at the same time. This is the little boy who was terrified of the waves just a few weeks ago. Now we hold hands and run down into the water and yell WHOA!!!!! everytime a wave crashes into us. We take joy in the little burrowing crabs that we catch and play with and use the sea grasses to "go fishing" as the waves pull back. It a wonder each time how the powerful water can clean a beach within minutes and why "The wise man built his house upon a rock!"
I love the bright colors on the beach, and to people-watch-- especially my two people.

Believe it or not, the wave that Lukas is staring at contains a dot which is Jared on a boogie board. Lukas takes great joy in watching Papa out in/on/under the waves- especially when he rides one all the way in to greet us! :)
The fly-by ads contribute to the carefree atmosphere. I laugh when the Geico ad zooms by and Lukas yells "GECKO!! Ich mag den Gecko!!!"
Sand shovels = endless digging and crab catching that makes Lukas so happy! No more West Manor Park sandboxes, but the beach has made them quite useful!
I love the feel of sand between the toes!

The best advice we ever got before moving here was from Andrea who told us to just "Embrace the Sand" because it will be everywhere. Um... our car can attest to that. One Croc too full and one kick too much. Oops.

Ever since we got the estate sale shovels, I revel in the literal cheap thrill that they have become. One mini swimming pool, coming up!
Lukas has no fear at picking things up. Which is awesome- unless it's a jellyfish. There was a close call once. Luckily we just ended up looking at it.

We like to watch the surfers! Some are just kids and it's awesome to see anyone catch a wave. And, I love that Lukas knows that my favorite car is a Jeep, and that we often get to see one driving by when the lifeguards stop by to chew someone out for swimming in the surfing area, or vice-versa.

I love that it's 8 miles away! I love seeing the lifeguard stations- the mile markers of the beach. It's a numbers game. Where do you hang out? Oh, at 36 and 35... or today at 31. And this is super nerdy, but is it not exciting to get THE best parking spot RIGHT next to the entrance which is at sand-level?? So much nicer than lugging everything down stairs, although just fine too. I mean, the beach is the beach. It clears the head, it quiets the world's loudness, and it's so easy to just grab "the bag" and GO!!

1 comment:

Amy said...

Looks amazing. Maybe I'll move back too.