Throwback Thursday Beach Style


EPSON MFP imageTo celebrate our trip to the beach (and so I have a clean transition to yesterday’s pictures) I thought I’d throwback Thursday a picture of Bella’s first trip to the beach.

This picture is one of my favorite pictures of all time.  So much in fact, I carry it in my purse.

The back story isn’t necessary but is very interesting, so I’ll tell it. Read on if you are interested if not just continue to look at that face!!

In 2002 we moved from Arkansas to California for my ex’s job.  We left on my birthday (July 28th) and took off in a U-Haul, and my mini van.  My mom and sister flew to Arkansas to help us with the trip as it was a long one, we had two vehicles to drive, and an almost 2 year old and almost 7 year old in tow.

My dad had won a trip for two to go anywhere in the continental states from his work and he used it to fly himself and my step-dad to California to meet us there and help us get settled.

Yep, my dad was so awesome that he not only gave up his trip to help me, he gave his other ticket to my mom’s husband.  If I remember correctly they all used the same hotel room as well…I told you it was interesting.

We got there a day or two before Bella’s birthday (August 3) and so for her birthday we took her to the beach for the first time.

My dad made her a sand castle and I took this picture as he took off the bucket leaving the perfectly shaped pile of sand.  Her face says it all.  My heart is breaking into a million pieces right now.

I keep it as a reminder of the unconditional love of my dad’s and the unconditional joy of a child’s discovery.


Our trip yesterday was absolutely just what I needed.  I love spending time with this girl…


… and it was a gorgeous day.


Bella found a perfect sand dollar that actually made it home safely.


I just had to take this picture.  I love watching and listening to kids play without the usual toys and video games.  This little boy and his brother used sticks to make this fort for his little green army guys (I didn’t point out to him that we were on a Navy base).  The other cool thing about it was another little boy came over and asked one of the brothers if he could play too and he said “Sure!! Go on over there and grab some more sticks we want to find one to put the American flag in”. (If you look closely at the picture you can see the flag and all the army guys)

I knew they were having too much fun when the mom said “I wish you would stop it with the drunk soldier talk”

Those army guys…geez.


We didn’t build any sand castles but she had so much fun running around in the ocean.

She sure did grow up.

We made it home in time for me to wash my car feeling guilty about half way into it remembering the commercials I have been hearing about the drought.  I’ll have to do some research.

sarah cake

I finished Sarah’s cake, and we went to eat dinner.  Shortly after I came home I started seeing these crystal-ly light kaleidoscope things in my left eye.  Rich told me that they are called clusters and he had it once.  He said that they will go away and you’ll have one hell of a headache.  Sure enough Wham!!  I went to bed with a migraine.

sarah cake2

But not before we sang a rousing version of Happy Birthday and I ate a slice of my red velvet birthday cake.

I am not quite sure what happened, but I am going to blame it on Souplantation.

Yep, it rests squarely on their MSG-carb ridden shoulders.

More Later



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