When I asked you all recently what you’d like more or less of here on the blog, a number of you mentioned wanting more peeks into our lives, so here’s one of those posts, just for you!
The other morning when I walked outside to kiss Mr. FG goodbye (don’t be too impressed…I only do this when it’s not freezing/raining!), I was greeted by some unusually cool, dry air. It’s been super-duper hot here, so this was a pleasant surprise and I decided to take advantage of it.
I thawed some black bananas that were living in my freezer and mixed up a batch of Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins, and when the kids woke up, we loaded up the wagon with our food and our water-filled Klean Kanteens (ok, I brought some chai for myself!).
Because on a morning like that, the pier is the place to eat breakfast.
We ate muffins, of course.
(Zoe especially is a fan of these because she’s loved all things chocolate from the time she was very small!)
and we had some grapes too.
There was a dry cool breeze, which was a vast improvement over the still, humid air that’s been hanging around.
You can’t really capture a breeze on camera, though I tried to catch my skirt blowing in the wind (this is my $.50 Goodwill skirt, by the way!)
My kids looked around for creepy crawlies, because that is what kids do.
Joshua’s the only one who likes to hold this kind of thing…the girls prefer to observe. 😉
As usual, they also used sticks to poke around in the water for treasures (like, uh, dead crabs!).
Zoe isn’t usually too successful at finding any, but she has fun trying. And she does love to see the teeny fish that swim in the shallow water.
It really is beautiful down by the water. There are grasses,
hibiscus, (I think that’s what those are!)
and bushes blowing in the breeze.
As I sit on the pier in my bare feet, watching my kids happily play, I often think about how blessed I am to be able to be here with them instead of away at a job. I work hard here at home (it’s work even to pack up and head down to the pier!), but it’s a good kind of work, and I wouldn’t trade it for any other job.
And my kids seem to be as happy with this arrangement as I am.
(I have been very lazy about my toenail polish lately!)
Did I mention how lovely it was to sort of need a light jacket?
After the kids had their fill of playing by the water, we headed back home.
Sonia found a few more treasures along the way.
As we walked home, Zoe held my hand and I remembered to enjoy that because I know one day, there will be no more dirty little hands that want to hold mine, and I will miss that.
So, there’s a peek into one of our more pleasant mornings (we do have mornings that are not nearly as peaceful or happy, but I don’t usually take pictures of those!).
Do you ever have picnic breakfasts? I think they’re the best kind of summer picnic. 😉
Wednesday 20th of June 2012
I have see the wagon that Joshua pulled on your website a couple of times. What model is this? It looks so useful.
Tuesday 10th of August 2010
I think lazy mornings are one of the best things about homeschooling---I know you're not homeschooling this time of year, but even during your school year, I'm guessing you don't roust the kids out of bed at the crack of dawn and make them start their school work. When my son attended school for kindergarten and 1st grade, getting him up in the morning was the worst thing and we started each day with a huge fight about it. My son is a night owl---he just can't shut off his brain at night, and doesn't fall asleep till 10:30 - 11:00 p.m. (It's hard for me, since I'm an early bird, but I just doze off next to him. He has some health issues/challenges so I stay with him till he's asleep, that lessens the chance I'll be called back in a million more times.) So in the morning, he has the luxury of waking up when he's ready and easing into the day. Breakfast on the pier would be a big hit with him. The closest thing we have is a river but I'd worry about him falling in and floating over the 270 foot waterfall at the end! ;-) thanks for a great post.
Thursday 5th of August 2010
What a great blog post and a photo reminder of the morning. I bet Mr FG wishes he could do that more too.
I think the time has passed for us this year, but breakfast on the beach the otherside of the road from us would be great. We often have breakfast in the garden on weekends, but why have I never thought of the beach when it has been staring at us all summer?!
Wednesday 4th of August 2010
Those are awesome pictures. I would love to have something that beautiful close to my house. I love the water. I enjoy nature too. Thank you for taking the time to remind us to appreciate the little things. We need those reminders some times...like holding our little ones hands and enjoying it while we can. :-D Thanks again.
Wednesday 4th of August 2010
Such a great mommy. We eat out on our back patio a ton here, but walking to the water seems heavenly. I love all these pictures, such a great way to start a day.