Sunday, June 17, 2018

Family Road Trip

"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you."
-Anne Lamott

For years we have dreamed of a beach vacation, where we would do nothing but live our best beach lives. We saved and saved and planned and planned, and finally our dreams were realized. We loaded up the rental van and headed out for the 24 hour long drive, spanning two days and two hotels, lots of busy activities and homemade blind bags at every stop and junk food and movies and audio books and lots of stickers. We arrived in Flagler Beach, Florida on a Friday, ran through the rented house, oooohing and ahhhhing at how fancy it was, and then planted ourselves on the beach, where we stayed 90% of the time.

The boys' love affair with the ocean was instantaneous. They jumped into the waves and let the water wash them back on shore. On the nights when the waves were too viscous, threatening to take them under and not return them, the boys screamed their protests when we restricted their access to the ocean. Instead of diving headlong into the waves, they were confined to sitting on the shore and allowing the waves to crash into them.

Jillian was much slower to warm up to the ocean. She's used to the calm waters of the Mississippi River. The great crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean terrified her, and she could often be found racing as fast as her little legs could take her away from the water chasing her up the beach. She would only go in the water if we held her in our arms, lifting her high above the waves as they came crashing at us. Mostly she could be found high up on the beach, digging in the sand or collecting seashells.

Once we discovered the boogie boards the rented house supplied, there was no turning back. We allowed the waves to knock us off the boards over and over again as we attempted to figure out the sport. Finally, we gave up, simply using them as flotation devices as the waves pushed us to and fro, finally spitting us back on shore in a very undignified fashion.

Every day we scrubbed crushed seashells and sand from our hair and bodies, remnants of our hours spent on the beach; and every night we lay in bed, feeling the phantom waves crashing into us. It's a vacation we won't soon forget; we're already planning our next family getaway. But next time: we fly.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

May Family Film

"And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair."
-Kahlil Gibran

The month of May may have come and gone in record speed, but we sure managed to cram so much into those 31 days. Our skin slowly transformed from Winter White to Summer Gold (and maybe temporarily Painful Pink) as we spent every single possible moment soaking up that long awaited warm sun.

After experiencing spring for approximately three minutes, summer rolled in and showered us with all her glory. We broke out the hose and unearthed the broken sprinkler and filled up the water table; and we remembered what it feels like to feel the cold water cool our hot skin. After the taste of summer in May, we're definitely geared up for the months ahead.

School ended yesterday. Jillie and I waved the boys away on the school bus in the morning and enjoyed our last quiet moments together before the chaos ensues. In the afternoon we attended Ashton's kindergarten graduation, where I may have teared up a few times watching the small bodies dance around on stage. One day they're our babies; and the next they're not. So much happens in between, a blur of emotion and activity.

On our way into the school we spotted Spencer sitting in the grass with his class. Upon seeing us, he sprang up and ran to us, a smile lighting his face. He wrapped his arms around me, and my heart danced. My big soon-to-be third grader isn't too embarrassed to hug his mommy in public just yet. Those days are ahead. I know it; I feel it. But not today. Today we still live in this bubble where the world revolves around our family life. And, man, I plan to soak this up as long as I possibly can.

Bring on the summer!!!

Here is our month of May (push play):