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!!