An Afternoon Beach Jaunt

(Thank you for all the uplifting words from my weekending post. It’s hard to let go of some things when you have a vision of how you want things to be. Your words helped me take a step back and instead, breathe in all the good that’s surrounding me). 

When you are feeling overwhelmed and out of sorts and like nothing is going quite like you want it to, it’s so nice to have the beach at sunset to retreat too. Ellie and I did just that this afternoon, before dinner. We snuck away and walked together down the beach. It truly filled my heart with joy, watching this little girl explore the sand between her toes, find mangled seaweed washed onto shore and run (as best as this 16 month old can) down the beach and up and down the dunes. We left all the holiday projects behind. We left the sad, yellowing Christmas tree and the half-finished cards still waiting to be sent out and we walked down the beach. I chased my sweet, active baby girl and drew her name in the sand and showed her shells and pointed out the waves and the gulls and the beautiful sun lowering into the sea. It was a glorious afternoon. A glorious Christmas-time memory I will hold dear.



pure joy




look what i found


the sun




pink hues


eloise sand




back shadow




walking away


a feather


pink hues




playing in the sand


a bunch of sea something




top of the hill




all quiet


birds at sunset












downtown 2


walking around




push stroller


12 days


moms night out




Another weekend closer to Christmas. Eek. There never seems to be enough time to get everything done. Our tree is drying out quickly and for the first time, I’m not sure it’s going to make it for Christmas. I still haven’t finished my advent calendar and our Christmas cards have not gotten here for me to send out to all of you. We are behind folks. But, I did manage to squeeze in a bit of baking, reading (singing) 12 Days of Christmas about 200 times, a pre nap time walk downtown and a lovely Mom’s Night (late afternoon) Out. How was your weekend?

-joining Amanda over at The Habit! 

Portrait Project



eloise: the magic of this season seems to already have had an effect on you. You are loving the Christmas tunes playing all day long. You’re eager to help Daddy cook soups and other wintery goodness and the tree has been an exciting addition to the house. You regularly pull the ornaments off and put them back on. My little Christmas elf!

– joining Jodi for the 52 project! Eek! I can’t believe we only have one more week.