Monday, September 22, 2008

more fun at the beach...a family walk

Yep, you guessed it...more beach pictures!! I promise, I'll be wrapping these up soon.

On Tuesday afternoon after nap time (or, I should say after Austin's nap...Mikayla decided naps weren't for her during our 2 day stay). We went for a walk with just the four of us. Mikayla had been talking about the beach so much and despite the lousy weather on Tuesday, we attempted another trip to see the sand and the waves. Our "quick trip" to the beach earlier that day had been full of cold faces and rising water, so we had to cut it short.

There is just something special about spending some time together as a family. The short time we had at the beach gave us the chance to slow down and enjoy being together without adding all of the busy-ness of our day to day lives into it. I loved taking a walk together in the surroundings of the ocean scenery. Mikayla is at the age of curiosity and everything seems to intrigue her, so her walk was at a leisurely pace and in no hurry at all, which of course, reminded us to slow down and take it all in, as well. Just the sound of the waves lit up her face with excitement. I sometimes don't cherish this joy enough in these days of her sweet innocence. Austin enjoyed being carried around by daddy and taking in the sights as well. Ryan and I even held hands at a few points in our walk. Sadly enough, I don't remember the last time we did that. We even took along a kite with us and attempted its flight. What fun it was to be a kid again!

I was very thankful for these 2 days of rest and relaxation...not only for myself and the good times we had with the Moore family, but just with the little times we spent with the four of us. Even the car ride to and from the beach was a memory that was made. These are the moments that make up a family. It reminded me that we need to have more of these...and we don't have to go to the beach to do it.

Austin is always up for a ride on daddy's back

posing for a quick beach shot

this girl loves the sand!

Austin...not so much

kite flying and carefree days
our camera was propped on a rock, so Austin had no idea where to look!

This post is part of Family Moment Monday over at Motherhood for Dummies. To see how other families spend their time together, check it out here.


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