Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Mid-Week Vacation

Bryan and I love mid week trips. My mom got camping reservations right on the sand at Doheny Beach and my sister in law got a house in Laguna in an amazing gated community. We stayed Tuesday night at the house in Laguna and spent all night talking with my sister in law and my brothers. We spent the next day at the private beach that is a part of the gated community and for one of the first times all summer I felt so relaxed and so at peace. I was surrounded by all the people I love at this beautiful paradise and there wasn't anything I would have changed about it. There is such a comfort in being known and understood and I can always count on my family for that. I watched my daughter and husband swim for hours in the waves with huge smiles on their faces and even though there were a few other people on the beach, I felt like we had the entire stretch of beautiful sand all to ourselves. These moments are bittersweet. I enjoy the amazing sensation of sitting still long enough to actually hear the world change and sway around me but I feel cheated by the millions of these moments that I have allowed to fly past me lately. Learning to live these wild and precious days have been a challenge this summer. Life feels so fast, like I'm in a race car going too fast to control. I know that some seasons in life are just that way and I'm ok with that for a short time but I don't want to become numb to the beauty and stillness that is all around me, always there whenever I take the time to notice and appreciate it. We finished off the day strong with a little sailing down the coast which Bryan and I have been wanting to do all summer. It was so good to see my sexy husband sail a sailboat again while I stuck my feet in the water and felt the salt water on my skin. Marley had a blast and the motion of the ocean rocked her right to sleep in her Grammy's arms. We camped that night in my parents motorhome and then left the next day excited to go home and relax. Mini vacations like these ones are the best!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


    Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in silence.
    As far as possible without surrender
    be on good terms with all persons.

    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
    even the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story.
    Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
    they are vexations to the spirit.

    If you compare yourself with others,
    you may become vain and bitter;
    for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
    Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. 

    Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
    it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
    Exercise caution in your business affairs;
    for the world is full of trickery.

    But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
    many persons strive for high ideals;
    and everywhere life is full of heroism. 

    Be yourself.
    Especially, do not feign affection.
    Neither be cynical about love;
    for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
    it is as perennial as the grass. 

    Take kindly the counsel of the years,
    gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

    But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
    Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
    Beyond a wholesome discipline,
    be gentle with yourself. 

    You are a child of the universe,
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. 

    Therefore be at peace with God,
    whatever you conceive Him to be,
    and whatever your labors and aspirations,
    in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. 

    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
    it is still a beautiful world.
    Be cheerful.
    Strive to be happy. 

    Max Ehrmann, 1927.

Best Friends Bachelorette Party

 This last weekend we celebrated my best friends bachelorette party in San Diego. We started off Saturday afternoon at an amazing beach in La Jolla just floating in the waves and soaking up the sun. We went to our hotel and got all ready for dinner at a cute little rustic restaurant called Divante in Little Italy. After dinner we headed downtown for a little bit until we were ready to head back to the hotel for games, presents and bedtime. The next day we headed out to Coronado Island for lunch at Candelas and then headed to Carlsbad to meet with my hubby, Marley and Kayla's fiancĂ© Erick for an evening at the beach. 

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