Monday, September 19, 2011

san clemente with my sweetie

If there is a reason I can think of for dropping the kids off with the grandparents for a day, Kevin's birthday qualifies under the "we deserve the day off" list.

We don't get babysitters often and when we have our parents watch the boys, we split them up so that no one ends of with all 3 boys. It is for both their sanity and our peace of mind.

Do you have 3 boys close in age?

Enough said. You know where I'm coming from.

So we went back to our old stomping grounds in San Clemente. We left the sleepy beach town 2 years ago for more affordable housing in the town where we grew up. We were also looking to have more open space and less of an OC lifestyle.

We miss it and yet we know we are where we are supposed to be for now.

Kevin and I had a real heart to heart talk as we strolled on the beach walk. We've done the walk a million times before, but it was always with our kids.


To have the crashing waves and salty air as our companions while we laid out some big stuff on our hearts was good for our souls.


We often feel like passing ships in our marriage. We know it is just the stage of life with littles, but we miss each other. We are saddened that a majority of our conversations take place via email or text.

There are days when we feel like we are squeezing the lemon juice of life into a glass. No matter how much we squeeze our hands around that lemon, it seems like the glass is not quite at the half way mark; leaving it more empty than full. Sometimes the lemons run dry, but when we go back for the very last squeeze, a few drops fall into the glass bringing it fullness.

And on simple days of beach walking, Del Mar Street shopping, Mexican food eating, and dessert splurging, life is so full it hurts.





So today, I encourage you to seek the fullness and a squeeze it until the juice runs dry.

Much love,
*Linking up with Heather and Jami.


Kelly said...

katie i know how you feel girl. time with my sweetie so fun but it's not just us very often. it's our 13th anniversary today and i'm gonna keep squeezing the lemon. ;-)

{nikki} said...

I am blessed by your sweet thoughts and thankful that you got some precious "alone" time with your husband. I love your lemon analogy, and I hope we never stop squeezing, no matter how hard it may be at times, because even a couple of drops can push the cup to fullness. XO

Michelle Elkins AKA Mickey said...

LOOOOOVEEE red velvet! And I love Cali. Jealous you get to live there! Glad you got to get away for a bit!

Rachael said...

I love this post. So sweet. Sometimes that's the reality in our marriage too - with my husband in school and working. Just a season. You are amazing.

Unknown said...

Bless your heart!! I love it! although I don't have kids I understand the trails of life!

Heather @ we.are.the.holdens said...

Katie, I had a minute to catch up on my blog fav's and girl I LOVE your new profile picture. It is beautimus. I relate with this post so much... And thank you for making me see all the "goodness." You are inspiring. :)

Heather said...

love the pics! you are so inspiring! glad you guys got away-- san clemente is a fabulous choice! xo

Erin said...

I know exactly what you mean by "passing ships". Earlier in our marriage (mostly before kids)it was easy to make time for each other, now its a challenge to say the least. I have to remember that I need to put EFFORT into our relationship and not just operate on cruise control. It is work but it is so worth it. Your day with Kevin sounded so relaxing and fun and you've inspired me to plan a date soon. Time to call the grandparents right?!?

Mary and Dyer said...

Great that you and the hubs got some alone time - there is nothing more important!! Loving all of the pics - thanks for sharing!

Hope that you have had the chance to check out our Tiffany & Co. necklace giveaway.

Karen said...

Glad you guys were able to get away and enjoy special time together! I love your new pic!!!

Flor said...

Isn't it sad how we get so busy that we don't make that time with our husbands? other things get in the way (school work, housework, baseball practice etc etc).. it is SO hard to really find the time with each other especially after having kids. It's like the kids just suck it all out of you (me) :) But its all good, it just makes the time that you are able to reconnect with hubby so much sweeter..
p.s. I love& miss san clemente! And now I miss it even more after your post :I

Janna said...

Wow! Great new profile picture, and I love the caption :) That's awesome! Glad I saw your picture or I may not have recognized you at blog sugar!

Stephanie said...

You're awesome Katie, love your thoughts and your writing. Sounds like you two had such a fabulous day, totally inspiring! Thanks for sharing, as always.

mel @ the larson lingo said...

So glad that you had a nice getaway with your husband...SO necessary! Thanks for sharing! My husband (also named Kevin) and I need a getaway so badly, even if for just a day! I see you are going to blog sugar...I am going also! Can't wait!

Jennifer said...

Loved this post. I can totally identify 150%.

Maureen Polderman said...

Such a sweet post!! My husband & I have our 3rd anniversary coming up next month, and I'm SO excited to spend time with just him! Isn't it nice when you can talk?! Love, love your hair too btw!!

hannah singer said...

woohoo for a getaway!
red velvet. yes please.

see you SOON xoxoxo

hannah singer said...

also, WOWIE new profile photo.

Charla Liedahl said...

SC is a great town. I'm actually meeting a dear friend for lunch there later this week. Glad you had a fun day with your hubby!

missmehoneybee said...

Man, I hear ya. Its hard to have a date night and we only have one! Good for you guys. that succulent project. Im gonna have to go visit that.
Love love love the new do. Bangs are so hip and cute, Im too chicken.

Ashley @ LaLuce said...

awww yaaay, fun time with the love :)

Jami said...

So glad you were able to spend some time together! It IS hard with little ones, I'm right with ya girl. And YES on the red velvet!!!
PS: Your picture up top looks AMAZING

Susan said...

I'm so glad I saved my reading for this evening.
This post made me smile. And long for the beach. Annnnnd a red velvet cupcake.
Your new pic is lovely!

xo katrina said...

omg katie. you just made me cry. we just celebrated my hubby's birthday as well and had an evening together. i know what you mean about having to split kids up, missing him, convos only over email or text....i know what you mean with this entire post. but yes, remembering to take a moment and realize how full our lives really are is SO important. and that was exactly what we did. our lives are so full it really does hurt. thank you!