My inspiration for this record of my days:

“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Last week we spent 3 days at the beach.   And I mean at the beach!  We would hit the sand at 9 in the morning and have to drag the kids in around 5.  I was amazed at how busy they all stayed!  Everyone was working hard at something.

Josh and Caleb rarely stopped digging, but they managed to squeeze in a bit of boogie boarding and playing with Uncle Brandon.



Jonah spent some of his time throwing sand into the ocean.  He also took on the job of warning people of big waves.  He would stand on the shore yelling to the boogie boarders.  “Watch out!  Big wave comin’ up behind ya!”


Cousins, of course, make everything more fun.


The girls were riding waves the whole time.  Seriously.  They would come out every now and then for a snack, or to warm up on a rock, then head back out.

This picture is Rebecca, Grandpa, Savannah and Lorraine.



How many Grandpas do you know that are the first ones in the water boogie boarding?  My dad is the best!


Here is Grandma hanging out in the giant hole with Jonah.


One of our highlights this year was dragging ashore a huge piece of kelp that was a home to a bunch of starfish and baby octopi!  I wish I had gotten pictures of that.

Thanks Mom and Dad!  This was the best beach trip yet!


  1. oh what fun! Did Simon get naps everyday...looks like a perfect vacation!