August 03, 2012

Life by the Sea

Carefree days, warm sand under my feet, perfectly salted ocean air, delicious food from local restaurants, reading with the waves and horizon in front of me - this is how I picture life by the sea. Alas, by the sea is not where I live. At least, not usually. Recently, though, our family went to the beach for a relaxing week with my in-laws. They live in a different state, so it's always a treat when we get to spend time with them. It was so much fun to all be together and to see the girls having fun with Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Kelly, and Uncle Matt. We often wish we all lived closer and our week at the beach definitely reminded us of how much we miss our long-distance family when we're not together.

One of my favorite times from this trip was leaving our beach house early one morning to look for shells with Mom and Lew. Along the way, we came across several starfish. They were so pretty laying there on the sand, but back into the water they went for a new lease on life.
The girls had tons of fun, of course. Katie quickly learned that she did not approve of the waves splashing her, so she made herself comfortable in the sand, with a plethora of new toys (thanks, Grandma!). Chloe loved the shallow pools of water that formed when the tide went out. I always love (LOVE) the water, but being a mom, I really enjoy watching my kids have fun. They're so blissfully happy with simple things. Methinks there's a lesson to be learned there.

We had a great vacation - a week together that was wonderful, but of course ended too quickly. Here's looking forward to being together again soon!

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