|Headed down to the beach|
We drove over to Crescent City early Saturday morning. For some folks, the beach is a sunny, warm place where people frolic in the ocean & lounge around in very little clothing. In our neck of the woods, however, the opposite is true. At home, it was over 100 degrees & we were stripping down to our undies at every opportunity. On the coast, we were wearing sweat pants & hoodies. Though that may seem like a bad thing to most people, to me, it's perfect. I love the overcast skies, the biting chill in the wind, and the cooler temperatures. If it were hot & sunny, I'd probably not enjoy the beach as much b/c I'd be too busy struggling w/ my poor body image to have any fun. When it's nippy & I'm huddled in a huge sweatshirt, I feel right at home. I'm protected and comfortable.
|A perfect Saturday night|
Sunday morning, we were up and at 'em early, ate breakfast, loaded up the car, then spent a couple more hours walking on the beach, collecting shells and checking out the starfish that had washed up in pools on the sand. At one point, Trin, who is obsessed with zombies right now, went into flesh-eating mode & started chasing us adults around the beach. It was a significant change of pace from our leisurely stroll. Afterward, we decided to do the typical touristy thing & hit up Ocean World. The last time we were at Ocean World was when Trin was 4 or 5 years old. The whole time we were walking through, I kept seeing spots where I had taken pictures of Trin when she was little. The nostalgia was overwhelming at times. Before heading for home, we stopped at the park we had visited the day before and had a nice picnic lunch. (By the way, I fully intend to find the pictures from a few years ago & put them side-by-side w/ some of the ones from this trip to illustrate just how much my baby has grown. When I do that, I'll probably update this post to include them.)
|Zombie-Trin chasing me!|
The new week has started & I definitely feel more balanced & ready for whatever challenges I'll face. I can't explain why the ocean has that effect on me, but it does. And thankfully, it usually lasts quite awhile. This is the last week before school starts. After a busy summer, we're going to take advantage of the 3 day weekend to get our house back in order. This would normally be the point where I feel overwhelmed & want to hide under the covers & wish the clutter will magically disappear. Instead, I'm calm, focused, and ready to plow through the cleaning/organizing/project-finishing extravaganza that is ahead of us. Thank you, Pacific Ocean.
|Our little trio on the beach|
Here are the then/now pictures I mentioned. I literally cried when I put them together. My baby is growing up too fast!!!!