Monday, May 30, 2011

memorial day 2011

Getting an invitation to spend the day with friends at Old Man's in San Clemente is totally my gig.

Getting up at 5:30 a.m. to guarentee a spot is so totally not my gig.

However, 8 years into this thing called parenthood, wez-a-gettin' smart.

Letting the kids sleep until the very last minute? Smart.

Eating breakfast on the road? Smart.

Packing our minivan (don't be jealous) the night before? Smart.

Bundling up in hoodies, boots, over pjs? Smart.

Don't be fooled non-Southern California peeps. It gets cold here. Especially during May grey.

However, this morning was unlike the rainy gloom we woke up to yesterday. Clear blue skies and crisp ocean air welcomed us with open arms.

We felt our hearts skip a beat in anticiapation of salty air, sandy toes, and wet babes taunting frothy ocean waves when we saw these and knew we were getting close.

Once the manly men showed us their potective strength by shelterering their ladies and kiddos, we happily kicked off our shoes, and waited for the warming sun to notify us of the time to change into our proper beach wear.

And friends, just so you know, here is proof that I practice what I preach about sun safety. Don't I have a glow about me???

If I was more vain, I'd at least get a spray tan. I'd also suck in my stomach and not glare at Kevin for taking my pic.

As a parent there is nothing that makes my heart swell with sweetness than to watch my children explore, create, and share in experiences with other littles that brings them pure joy.

If this is a taste of what's to come this summer, I say, "bring it."

Speaking of taste... look at this one who convinced his dad that he could have a soda even though his mama is a "we don't give our kiddos soda kinda gal".

(admiring his new love)

I am grateful for blissful days like today. I am also grateful for the brave and selfless men and women who gave their lives so we can live in this great country where our freedom allows us the ability to create days such as this.

Much love,


april@gingerbread girl said...

the boys must have had so much fun!!! Are those crabs? My boys would die....and then cry to take them home..lols

gratefulmama said...

What a wonderful day!! Looked like so much fun!!

missmehoneybee said...

Beautiful day, beautiful family.
Can't to have some of those great beach days!

missmehoneybee said...

cant wait..

sorry. :)

Russell said...

Omg that sequence of Jack and the root beer!!!

CaseyWiegand said...

this is BEAUTIFUL, I want a beach day so bad!

Genn said...

Looks like a perfect day!
I took notes on all you've learned for future road trips with my littles. Nicely done.

theolivetree said...

If only MO had an ocean...looks like a lovely day!

Four Flights said...

Thank you! It does get cold here doesn't it!?! And, I'm a no soda kinda mom too. I let the kids order iced tea the other day at dinner and the dad we were with said, what's the difference between iced tea and soda? They both have caffeine. I glared nicely and said "really, you want to go there?" haha!

hannah singer said...

hooray for the beach! y'all look like you enjoyed yourselves!
you are so funny, katie:)

ps-when we visited SoCal in february, we were "hot" in the BEAUTIFUL 50 degree weather:) of course, it was -30 at home in north dakota!!

kelly said...

Love this post! Makes me miss my minivan! I used to have one then got freaked out by the fact I had what I called" a mom mobile". I traded it for a 4runner. Now looking back I say bring on the minivan ! I'm all for the practical, roomy features..oh, and sliding doors so my boy can't cream the car door next to us would be nice. ;-).
I'm glad you all had a nice holiday!! Lovely photos!

grace said...

Thanks for the nice comment!

Your boys look so cute & sleepy in the first few pictures :) Yay for beach trips!