Sunday, January 8, 2012


There is not much you can do when you have sick kids. My 3 guys have their 3rd cold since December, but we moms know that constant boogers and sleepless nights are part of the game. I think I must have been put on the all-star team because we are sick way too often.

To battle feeling defeated, we headed to the beach.


That's the beauty of living where we do.


Although we were bundled in our version of winter clothes, we still enjoyed it as much as we do during the warmer months.


Kevin and I sat in our beach chairs and commented to one one another how nice this new chapter of life is now that the boys are getting more independent.


This transitional time is bittersweet. I miss my boys as babes, but there is a new sense of freedom that comes with your youngest turning 4.


Such as Kevin and I being able to relax in our chairs, chat, and read instead of hovering by the littles in fear that they will go in the water.



As I watched Luke, Charlie, and Jack dig, organize construction plans, and execute sand tasks together, my heart was full.




It was spilling over with gratitude and joy.


I hope your heart is finding fullness today, too.

Much love,

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Karen said...

Beach days in January are my favorite! Anthony swears that the ocean is the only way he can cure a cold. I told him just to use ocean spray saline mist but he prefers the waves :)

theolivetree said...

Missouri needs a beach asap!! Hope they get to feeling better ;)

Beth said...

I have three boys too, although mine are about a decade older than yours. You are right, that transitional time as they grow and become more independent is nice. I'm so glad you're capturing those days, weeks and years as they grow and change. You'll reminisce over them more than you would ever think in the days to come. Love your pictures. You have a beautiful family and life! Thanks for sharing! :)

Mamasita said...

awww... the sickies are just no fun at all! we have been battling them here too!
thanks for sharing the beach pic's and sending positivity out this morning! :)
praying for a healthy household ASAP for you friend :)
much love,

Laurie J said...

get better! wish i could join you on your beach adventures in january but for now i'll live vicariously through your warmer adventures...and your youngest kiddo being 4! woot woot for independence :) happy monday, katie
<3 <3 <3

Susan said...

Yet another time I wish I lived near the beach! You are so fortunate.

I was there friend. Just at the cusp on almost independent kids and then...God had other plans. :0

Happy Monday! xo

Michele said...

So lucky to live near the beach! Hope your kiddos feel better soon!

Sara @ Seeing Purple Stars said...

my boys have colds too. yuck yuck. :(
love your beach pictures! wish i had a beach close to me!! :)

hannah singer said...

Sending well wishes!
love that photo of the chairs. sweet!


Rebecca @ heartland farmhouse said...

Ha! Winter clothes & bare it!

Lisa @ MMT said...

These are beautiful photos! The beach looks so nice right now. Looks like your sons enjoyed themselves :) Hope they feel better soon!

Heather @ Life Made Lovely said...

such a sweet reminder!
love this.
thanks katie!!