A few weeks ago, on a hot, sunny Saturday, our family of three packed up and headed to the beach (for us, Lake Michigan sand dunes) in the morning. We parked, walked a ways to where it was less crowded, and laid out our quilt.
So early in the season, the water was around fifty degrees, the kind of chilly where even just dipping your toes in cools off your entire body.
We spent the morning playing in the sand, picking up rocks (Cooper), skipping rocks (Nicholas), and wading into the water until we got brave enough to face the chilliness and go deeper. We snacked and ate lunch, drank water, reapplied sunscreen, and inadvertently ate some sand.
Nicholas brought Cooper up to the top of a dune and then they ran down, he took a video with our new GoPro camera (Cooper's face is priceless, such joy).
And as we neared naptime, Cooper rested his head on my shoulder, and Nicholas carried him as we headed back to the car, home from our first full beach day of the season.
We're looking forward to making good use of our annual parks pass. More beach days, sunshine, picnic lunches, and swimming ahead.
P.S. — my family visited from Minnesota this past weekend and we had an early birthday celebration for Cooper! I'll write a post about that soon :)
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.