Yesterday Zack and I drove to meet Cindy and her four sons for a day at the beach. Zack loooooves the water and mommy haaaates the beach. Score a gold star for mom. I don't like sand and I don't like to sweat and of course, there's that bathing suit. But I absolutely love Cindy and my son is the love of my life, and you know what? This day was all sorts of awesome.
First, Cindy brought an umbrella. And the angels did sing.
Second, we went to a beach on the bay side rather than the ocean side, so the boys didn't have to brave waves and could go quite far out and still be barely waist deep. Add boogie boards as paddle boards, and you have sheer joy.
Zack had a BLAST with the boogie board. It was his first experience with one and it took a little trying but soon he was a pro.
But occasionally he'd lose his balance.
Zack and Cindy's two-year old Nathaniel had a couple of little races to the shore which I thought was about as adorable as it could get.
And then Cindy and I celebrated the day with strawberry smoothies.
Cindy has been working hand-in-hand with me on the Bead Soup Blog Party book, so we spent a little time going over photos (Cindy is a MASTER with the camera and I can't wait for you to see what she's done -- she's taking all the photos of of the beads prior to their turning into jewelry). Then it was off for a pizza dinner (with five boys!) and then time for Zack and I to make the trek home.
I didn't even touch my computer all day yesterday. And I've discovered that I've somehow, someway, created a monster with this thing. I have so many internet-related things going on that missing a day creates three days of backlog of computer work, beading work, planning work, and oh dear, let's not forget house work. But the important thing was to get out the door and spend an entire day with my son, getting him out with friends, and interacting with my own friend.
So take a little time to make a call and set up a coffee date with someone today -- plan a trip to a museum -- organize an outing to buy an over-the-top floppy hat. ANYTHING! Have some outside fun.
Love you all.