I love the beach. I always have… for as long as I can remember. The sound of the water. The feel of sand under my feet. The sun shining on my face. A breeze blowing my hair.
A few weeks back, the Girlies and I went to South Haven, Michigan for a girls only beach getaway.
The simple thing I’m rejoicing about today is remembering our getaway and sharing my love of the beach with our Girlies.
P.S. Even though Mr. Rosey wasn’t with us, he was in spirit… err… maybe in feet. When I look to the left and to the right, I see his feet. Both Girlies have their Daddy’s feet. Ahhhh…
Hi. I’ve been away for a while and now I’m back, so I thought a simple thing Sunday would be a great way to say hello again.
The Girlies and I took a short vacation to South Haven, Michigan last week. It’s the first time we’ve vacationed without Daddy, although he did drive up to spend one night with us. It was fabulous! We played Marco Polo in the pool. We built sand castles on the beach and screamed when a wave crashed on the castle. We climbed monkey bars at the park. We licked Blue Cow ice cream cones. We oooed and ahhhed at all the amazing hydrangeas (ok that was really me). We marveled at the beauty of sunsets over Lake Michigan. We laughed and smiled and giggled together.
The simple thing I’m rejoicing in this week is the encouragement I received from Mr. Rosey… for just us girls to have vacation fun on the beaches of Lake Michigan.
Little Miss C went from tears to smiles all within an hour. Little girls can do this easily.
During gymnastics, she did a flip and whacked her knee into her nose. I don’t recommend doing this. There was lots of blood and lots of tears. Once I stopped the bloody nose and comforted Little Miss C, she went back on the floor for the last 10 minutes… flipping and cartwheeling across the mat.
Crisis averted. Whew!
As we drove home, Little Miss C shouts “Momma, I’m bleeding again.” As I look in the rearview mirror, I expect to see a bloody nose and upset face. But no. She’s…smiling. What? I’m confused. What’s going on?
I quickly pass the kleenex box to Big Sis M so she can ferry it back to Little Miss C. First things first. We need to stop the bleeding or at least stop the blood from getting all over the place. Yes, I know. My child is bleeding and I’m worrying about blood stains in the car at the same time. I can’t help it. My brain just works that way.
The bleeding stops easily.
Crisis averted. Whew! And she’s still smiling? Me – confused. Her – happy.
Me: “Little Miss C, why are you smiling?”
Little Miss C: “This Momma.” And she holds her hand in the air, with her fingers pinched together, kinda like the Statue of Liberty holds her torch.
Of course, I see nothing.
Me: “What is it?”
Little Miss C: “It’s my tooth!!!” she says with a “DUH” tone of voice.
Me: “You lost your tooth???” Dumbfounded. I wonder if the tooth fairy knows?
The simple thing I’m rejoicing in this week is Little Miss C plucking out her front tooth, as we drive home from gymnastics. And of course, her toothless smile!
Last weekend, we had the first glimpse of sunshine in f-o-r-e-v-e-r. Really forever.
It’s been nonstop raining in the Chicagoland area. Rain. Rain. Rain. We (like I had anything to do with it) broke records for rainfall. Supposedly it is the wettest April on record. I believe it.
Earlier in the week, my sister asked me what I was doing for the day. I said “Doing laundry, running some errands, building an ark.” She called me “Supermom!” Thanks Sis. Anyway… I thought I needed to build an ark, because it kept raining and we were going to float downstream. You get the idea. Lots of rain.
But finally, the sun broke through and the rain clouds went away. So when the Girlies wanted to do their school work outside and soak up the sunshine, this Rosey Momma was all in.
Do you remember your first days of spring and that great teacher would take everyone outside to do some schoolwork? And you thought you had the coolest teacher ever? Well, that’s the same feeling. The Girlies couldn’t be happier. Sunshine will do that.
The simple thing I’m rejoicing in this week is sunshine (and getting school work done without complaint).
It’s hard to choose one picture from our vacation to Anna Maria Island. So many great memories and experiences were captured through the camera lens. A lot of “stuff” happened while on vacation – some good, some not so good and then some more good.
When I was scanning through the 200+ pictures, I stopped on this one. And I looked. My first thought as I looked “It’s an imperfect picture, because of my shadow”. But then as I continued to look… maybe it is perfect in its imperfection, much like life. When I look I see…
I see a Dad who took his kids to the beach, even though it was windy and chilly, because his kids really wanted to go. I see a cousin who loves to laugh and jump and cheer on his alma mater to victory. I see an uncle full of playfulness and sensitivity. I see a son who has compassion and understanding. I see a brother who is hurting. I see a husband who loves and supports completely. I see a man soaking up the sun in a peaceful moment.
This week I am rejoicing in a peaceful moment at the beach and Mr. Rosey… a father, a cousin, an uncle, a son, a brother, a husband and my best friend.
We just got home from our spring break vacation yesterday. I’ll share more about our family trip to Anna Maria Island soon. And that’s why I didn’t post my simple, favorite picture from the last week on Sunday. We were traveling the highways and bi-ways of the midwest toward home.
It is sooooo good to be home. I love going on vacation with our family. I love exploring a new place. I love that Mr. Rosey, the Girlies and I get to spend a whole week together without the demands of school and work. I love the smiles and giggles and laughs. I love the memories we make. I love our togetherness and that we love being together. And after all the fun, I love coming home.
My sister, Missy, and her family loved on Lucy while we were away, so I know Lucy was in good hands. (Thanks Missy.) We missed her so much and were so happy to see her joyfulness when we walked in the house. Lots of tail wagging, licks and running from the Girlies to Mr. Rosey to me and back again.
The simple thing I’m rejoicing in this week is our dog Lucy. We love her and I’m glad we’re all home.
It’s amazing how a beautiful sunrise makes me smile and kicks off my morning in a good way. I hope it does for you too!
The simple thing I’m rejoicing in today is the beauty of a winter sunrise.