Friday, July 08, 2011

A Day at the Beach

One of the things I promised myself as I gained weight was I wouldn't let it stop me from being a good mother to my son.  I believe in getting on the floor to play cards, walking all over the place in museums, sliding down long curly sliding boards, and .... braving the indignities of the swimsuit so I can go swimming with my boy.

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.


Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.


  1. You had a great day at the beach! Yay! I remember those days well. The sand in the suit, the sun giving me a headache, the crowds, the bathing suit....and the joy of watching your child having the time of his life. If I go around again I'm doing it with a buddy and some smoothies!

  2. We did have a good time, didn't we?? I'm so glad you and Zack came down and endured the Wimmer Household. We put up with the sun, sand, and suits, but enjoyed a day with the boys, some good memories, and even good greasy pizza (got napkins?). I think Carol's comment was great - doing it all with a buddy and some smoothies is the way to go!
    I missed you out there today - much more fun at the beach with a friend!

  3. OMG! What a great post! This is what life is all about. Aren't you lucky to have such a dear friend who has kids the same age as Zack?!!! And you look adorable ... color-coordinated and everything. Pink hair, pink drink, pink towel ... even the sand looks kinda pink!

  4. What a wonderful post to remind us what is important...spending time with our children! Pearl

  5. "At the beach, time you enjoyed wasting, is time not wasted." ~TS Eliot.

    I'm glad you had a nice day at the beach. You need to enjoy the beach more. Even if you hate the swimsuit part....because trust me, there will ALWAYS be bathing beauties that make you look terrible...However, there are always beached whales that make you look good....Point is, look your best, cover up the parts that count and enjoy the BEACH! That's what I have learned from living AT THE BEACH! :)

  6. Lori ,
    I have to complement you on your
    ability to to create such a memorable Summer for Zack !
    In the blink of an eye he'll heading "down the ocean"with friends for "senior week "
    Savor every second .Life is way too short to care how we look in bathing suits!!!!
    Don't tell Zack, but from your posts, I see can he's learning quite a lot while he thinks he's just having fun !!! m.e. ;)

  7. Sounds like heaven, I have been thinking lately about friends and being blessed to have people that you and your children can have fun with together nothing is sweeter.

  8. You go girl!!!! I love the beach and I am glad you had a great time:-)

  9. Taking time for yourself and the simple pleasures in life is what's all about.
    The photo's remind me of my childhood.
    Take it easy Lori and be good to yourself.

  10. My last day I enjoyed the moment of this was summer time. No one can compare it - how we value each other's life.

  11. That is really cool seeing Zack play with Cindys children! Ahh wonderful days for is so good! That really looked like such fun for them all...I enjoyed that!

  12. Anonymous5:17 PM

    That looks like so much fun!!! Glad you 7 had a great time!

  13. Excellent reminder Lori -- to spend time away from the computer and our everyday routines and do something with a child or our own friend. It looks like it was a beautiful day and refreshing as well.

  14. I WILL! I think I need to call my sister in law & see if she wants to just get coffee & a cupcake this coming Saturday. Our hours are different & I do miss the girl.


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