This has been an atypical summer for our family. About this time I am usually counting the days before school starts. We are usually so "FUNgover" from the summer's different vacations that a return to normalcy and routine is just what we're craving by now. But not this year. Not even close. Besides a 3 day jaunt to a friend's cabin, YW camp, and some boating days that I can count on one hand, we had nothing going on. Not even a single swim lesson, baseball camp, or dance camp was scheduled. But one thing we did plan in advance and looked forward to in earnest was our trip down south to visit the 'SoCal Crew' of Brandon's annual Cabo surf trip.
This beautiful family, the Wallwork's, have been some of our cherished friends for a long time. They were kind, patient, (and possibly crazy) to let us crash their home.
Watching all of the kids grab boards at random, wax them up, and paddle out all on their own makes a surfer's heart swell with pride. (Not that I'm calling myself a surfer. But I was very proud nonetheless.)
And believe me, I know how he feels. So I put my husband in charge of Cruz, grabbed a board and paddled out myself! Of course, there are no pictures to document it but let it be known to my posterity that I actually caught a few waves this day! Brandon eventually put Mercedes in charge of Cruz, paddled out and we had ourselves a little surfing reunion.
By the way, Mercedes is a very good babysitter!
The next day was church so we figured it'd be a good time to get some great photos while we were all dressed up.
Admire, Crazy about, Smitten, Adore, Cherish, Fancy, Idolize, Treasure.................. just to name a few!
And then they nap. What better to do on a Sunday afternoon?
There was no rest for Marie on this Sabbath day as she prepared to host 5 other families for Sunday Dinner. The kids played together very well and the adults entertained eachother with stories from their missions and from previous surf trips to Cabo.
And what better to finish off a nice Sabbath day than a walk to the park?
We had fun playing around with some glow sticks and slow shutter speeds of the camera. Emry read how to do things like this in a book.
We hated to have to cut this trip short but have returned with bigger hearts as we have gathered in more people to love and have grown to love others more than we did before.
It looks like the Summer of 2012 wasn't so much of a bust after all!