Several days ago, a friend texted a few of us, asking if we'd be up for a (Lake Michigan) beach day. The weather forecast showed warm—actually hot—temperatures and sun, and it was Nicholas' first day back in his office, so we said yes!
The drive is one I always enjoy. Trees and more and more sand dunes as you head north toward the Lake. We arrived early, before 9AM, since this particular beach has minimal parking, seeing as it's the shortest walk to the sand. The kids were immediately busy playing in the sand, finding rocks, wading in the (very cold) water, and pausing for snacks.
I nursed Finn off and on, snacked, and took a very brief dip underwater, seeing as it was only 41 degrees. And I actually had moments to chat with my other mama friends while the kids entertained themselves. And the kids also paused to all greet and get a closer look at a sleeping Finn.
We got sand everywhere, because of course that happens at the beach. And we came home, sweaty and sandy and tired and happy, our excitement for more beach days ahead growing.
Couldn't have asked for a sweeter first beach day for Finn. Made me reminiscent for Cooper's first beach day when he was eight weeks old. So sweet to share the Lake with my babies. It was a lovely morning!
A few weeks ago, our little family of four made plans with my father- and sister-in-law for an early Saturday morning at the Lake. When we arrived in the eight o'clock hour, it was breezy, in the low seventies. At this particular beach and time of day, we had our pick of spots; only a few families were there before us. I chose a spot pretty close to the water and Coop dumped out his new beach toys out of his mesh bag and got busy building and digging. Soon enough, Nicholas, who had been parking the truck, and my SIL and FIL joined us.
Here we are, on the very cusp of July, and I've neglected to share about our garden. Nicholas and I had a plot at a community garden when we were engaged back in 2013, but we haven't had a vegetable garden since—until this year, that is. I wanted to share a bit about our garden this year: what we're growing, how we're growing it, and how it's going so far.
If you missed my last post, I shared about the passing of my beautiful mother-in-law. I don't want to continue on in a "business as usual" style, nor do I want to neglect to share about joyful things in our life. Again and again, I'm learning that grief and joy coexist in this life. And what a grace that is! Grief can highlight the joy, make it more precious in my eyes. And so, I wanted to share about a little day trip I took with my SIL, Katelyn, Cooper, and Finn back in mid-May, since it was a good thing, a sweet day spent with some of my very favorite people.