Still alive.

Yes, we are still fluttering around over here. It seems as though the summer has gotten away however. Between beach days and zoo trips, to visiting friends, along with a couple of vacations scattered in here and there, summertime was rich with experiences. And not much room to spare!

Filling up those little spaces in the memory banks of the youngins’ is always a treat for me.

Sunsets at the beach..

I admit, the beach was calling our name almost every week it seemed like! But we love it there and the kids could literally spend hours digging and playing in the sand. The best part is that they are all the perfect age now for me to pack us up on a whim for the beach without having to plan too much for it. I’ve been waiting for this day to come forever now!

Little diggers

Silliness

And football was a must during the fire pit night we had one evening…

Football fanatic

Might I add that beach nights are absolutely AMAZING to me!!! 🙂

On the flip side, there was more to these summer beach days of fun. There was the reality of life that still ran through my entire sence of self, as I escaped to sunny days in the rays. The changes and choices that still go on, no matter where I am at any given point. I haven’t felt so inclined to write about these changes yet, let alone have time to keep up with my posts this summer. So much to do, so little time right?! It’s been really great though letting go of my grip with technology, remaining present in every moment and forced to feel life without distraction or escape in that way.

The sand is to my kids what the waves are to me. But not so much for play, for thought really. Whether it’s the mesmerizing water colliding so relentless against the sand. Or the lulling crash and fading away of waves, with a force and song all its own. The vital sound could overcome anything around. Waves unceasingly abound the shore, although each in its own unique manner. Every wave comes with its own speed, size and depth.

When I watch them, I can almost fell the earth speaking. I can relate to its perpetual longing to make it to shore with each break that it makes. It’s the same consistency I find myself clinging to throughout life recently. Everyday brings something new. Whether it’s a fresh idea, inspiring thoughts from friends, soaking in moments with my kids, a new experience or just a renewed energy overall. It’s a pattern much like the uniqueness of every wave. God continually provides opportunities for growth, many times in a different way. To see each one as significant and special is what I try to acknowledge. The subconscious desire to carry on with life is always there regardless of any setbacks. I know that it’s essential to stay constant to get to the place I need to be. Constant and steady like the waves…

Loves.

I have always felt so connected and inspired when I’m at the beach. I’m sure I’m not the only person who would feel that way. How could one not feel affected by the beauty of something so magnificent? It’s energy is undeniable to me.

The beach days of summer are starting to fade to memories, as the new school year is underway. All the experiences will be safely tucked away into the minds and hearts, as we make room for new ones. And as the proverb so gently reminds me… just when parts of life start to seem undone or coming to some sort of end, it is the chance to transcend into the next beautiful chapter!

Monday Morning Movement!!

“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love….” ~ Marcus Aurelius

Ever since completing my marathon I’ve been so lacking my usual drive for exercise…. Crazy!! Maybe its a post-marathon-pardom. Who knows. Anyway my cure is always to get out with the kids, so we have done a lot of that lately! Thanks to an awesome blog I’ve followed cultfit, I felt a little saved this morning and recently! If you have a chance, check them out! Especially those of you with kids! They’ve got lots of great workouts to offer, many which encourage being outside with the kids while doing it. And plenty of great humor and reading to go along with it!

I had an awesomely challenging (can I say that in the same sentence haha?) workout this morning. Simple enough to do without going to the gym, but meeting the exercise demands my body has craved! I love watching the kids try little push-ups. It’s the cutest!! I had a great sweat before setting out for a light 2 mile run with the kids on bikes/strollers….

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Yeah it’s a total win-win… Ella easily meets P.E. requirements, while mom gets in a workout!! Love that!

imagesmelling the roses!

Plus we stopped to enjoy the blooming flowers on the way and even spotted a California Blue bird on the trail! The kids liked that. We often have a fair share of nature greetings while we are out!

Nothing beats racing down hill literally at a sprint pace during the last half of a mile. I’m trying to catch Ella and Gav as they speed on down, carried by the momentum of their bikes. It’s so much FUN!! Which really makes incorporating fitness not optional for us… It’s just a way of life!! Thank goodness for inspiration these days.

Happy Monday! :))