our Happy Place,
and we are so lucky to have family that open their homes to us,
this picture says a lot....
after hellos and hugs,
the kids waste no time exploring on the docks,
minnow traps, bait buckets, water shoes, and nets,
the kids are content.
they fight less,
and want less.
then it is off to the "secret spot"
a quick 5 minute boat ride to our own private beach.
where the kids swim and explore,
a time when we enjoy every minute with each other,
catching up with aunts, uncles, and cousins.
for 3 full days...
we sit more,
we talk more,
we smile more...
I say "yes" to the kids more,
I worry less,
I fall asleep the minute my head hits the pillow,
I am calm, and the kids are calm.
we take long walks,
and count our blessings,
breathe a little deeper,
and take the time to find the perfect shell.
we go home with wonderful memories,
and a few beach treasures.