Tuesday, April 22, 2014

On a Wednesday





As a family, we don't do theme parks, or plane rides.

But when you decide to haul a bunch of kids, a couple friends and your ever faithful dog into the old RV to spend the remainder of your mid week afternoon on the sand till sunset, settling under a dark Spring sky lit by a white glowing moon and a fire with your sun drenched boys piled beside you in that little teepee roasting marshmallows while you sleep, and one of them wakes you to inform you that this day, was in fact "the best day ever" - you hold your heart and take note. On how simply they are pleased by the way these kinds of hours paint their day. On just how magical a sporadic night on an empty beach with your family and friends mid way through an otherwise uneventful week must feel.
When you are eight.
Or Five
or four.
Or, 34.



For Mike and I, it was the best beach day on the sand we've had in quite awhile.
For Arlo,  though "the best" yet.






And here, Kevin's photo probably tells the warmest story of us all.



21 comments:

  1. I love beachdays (and evenings) myself! Getting my nose sunburned. Feel the sand between my toes. And having my hair going all sea-tangeling beautiful. Falling to sleep, and waking up to the sounds of waves.
    And soon summer will be here.
    Can hardly wait.

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    1. I am so looking forward to the summer season too.

      It's our favorite.

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    1. the day - and night especially - felt a little dreamlike I must say.

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  3. It's always the days like this that fill my heart the fullest. And the ones that I know my little ones will carry happily with them in memory.

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  4. Love it! Beach days make for some of our best family memories too.

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  5. Oh, Jess, you guys are certainly doing it right. What a life!

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  6. What a perfect reminder to all of us of what kids really love and crave most! Something as simple as a spontaneous beach day. So so good!

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    1. it's true. The beach - and days like this, always help remind me of how easily and cheaply children are really entertained, and fulfilled.

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  7. I heart no theme parks and no plane rides. filling them up in other way, in better ways. #counter-cultural

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  8. I loved watching all the photos on instagram last week. We live on the road and watching the kids find happiness in the littlest things make my heart so happy. We actually ran into Kevin a couple months ago and he was seriously the nicest guy. Hope our RVs run into each other some day soon.

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    1. marlene, wow, that is so intriguing! I'm interested in learning more about your family's travels - do you have a blog as well?

      As for Kevin, he truly is one of the nicest guys I've ever met. I remember finding him early on, just after signing on to Instagram, and being incredibly inspired by his work and passion for the American landscape that he's come to own on that site now a'days. And what's even better, is finding that in real life he is just as cool and genuine as I had imagined. I can't say enough good things about him.

      Maybe this summer we could arrange something with dueling RVs.
      After all, the more the merrier!

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    2. Yes we have been documenting our travels since '08, back when we only had one toddler. Now we full time with 3 little ones... and a cat. (www.malimish.com). We are more active these days on instagram (@malimish_airstream).

      I 100% agree about Kevin. He is one of the nicest guys we have ever met. We were so excited to meet him that we totally forgot to take any pictures. Grrrr. Hopefully we run into him again as we head out of California soon.

      We might head down to OC/SD next month. I'l now for sure once it gets closer. Smores next to the ocean sounds like the perfect day :)

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  9. OMG, I'm insanely jealous! This is a dream of mine. Images are just beautiful as always!

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    1. thank you Jordan!

      If you come down this way this summer maybe we could meet up with Kate and the girls on the beach at some point.

      xo

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    2. I would absolutely love to, you live such a dreamy life (and so does Kate!). I'm actually headed down that way in mid-June, but I think you might be in baby land by then! But if you want a break, then we should definitely have a little meet-up.

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  10. Every time I'm at San O I make a point to look out for this green rv. Maybe one day Lola and I can roast a marshmallow with you all!

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    1. I'd say eventually you will run into us! We should be there quite often this summer, once baby is here and school is out. And obviously, we're pretty hard to miss :)

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