All These Blessin’s

by Stefani on 7-June-2008

Well, we made it home.

And as nice as it is to have all the comforts of our nest, we miss the beach a lot too.

Why does vacation have to slip through your fingers so quickly?

My men are little still, so I don’t really know how much of this trip they will remember. If they are anything like their mama, they will remember bits and pieces… smells, feelings, odd little details.

I’m hoping that they remember the salty taste of the ocean, and the feel of sand between their toes, the great gliding pelicans flying in formation overhead, the sound, the lullaby sound of the waves coming in.

I hope they remember the booming horn of the cruise ship leaving, spotting dolphins in the bay, holding hands while we walked along the seawall, picking out shells and souvenirs at Murdochs, the cries of the laughing gulls.

I hope they remember jumping and riding on waves,

Boys of Summer

building sand castles and scavenging the beach for treasures and unexpected delights, like washed up jellies and clamy-things stuck to bottles and boards.

Stuck Like Glue

I hope they remember how their aunt June taught them to dribble wet sand off their fingertips to build sand mountains, how their mama and Nana bustled around the kitchen making the first tomato pie of the season, and the charcoal smell from Daddy’s grill.

First of the Season

I hope they remember that when the table was set, and all were gathered ’round, it was Ryder who wanted to say the prayer. His sweet prayers always made us laugh and even brought a few tears… “Thank you God for this beautiful beach and all our many blessin’s”

I hope my boys remember their Grumpy, teaching them to play 31 – a game I learned to play during family gatherings too, and like them, I tried so hard to add up my cards as quickly as the adults.

I hope they remember their awe at the aquarium, when the sharks swam overhead.

Aquarium

I hope they remember the Duck Tour, the way their Daddy remembers doing the duck tour when he was a boy, vacationing in the Wisconsin Dells.

Duck Tour

Windblown

I want them to remember eating calamari and fried shrimp, taking showers outside, making sand candles

Sand Candles

and plaster casts of their footprints.

Large, Medium and Small

I want Ryder to remember the little plastic mermaid waterglobe he bought me at the Seven Seas Grocery.

I want my guys to remember flying kites on the beach, the smell of Nana and Grumpy’s coffee in the mornings, popsicles and bowls of cherries on the deck at sunset

Bowl of Cherries

and all of us, the boys, Mama and Daddy, Nana and Grumpy and Aunt June together, laughing, wishing it would never end.

I want to put it all, every last delicious bit, in a bottle and save it for always.

The closest I could come though, was some sand from “our beach” and eight shells – one for each loved one that shared time together at Galveston.

I’m going to put it in my kitchen window sill so that every now and again, we can look at it, and remember…

The Time To Remember

gonzomama June 7, 2008 at 8:48 am

Your pictures along with your words, tell such a great story. I got a little teary because later this summer we are doing a beach trip with many in my family. It’s a trip to a coastal island that our entire family took together 22 years ago. My little one is going to be to young to remember pretty much any of it, but we’ll do our best to give him something to hold onto. Welcome home!

Sarah Jackson June 7, 2008 at 8:52 am

I think you just bottled it all up right here. You made me soooo look forward to my beach vacation that is coming up soon. Thanks for revving up my anticipation!

melissa June 7, 2008 at 9:20 am

this is beautiful! I’m all teary-eyed!

Natalie June 7, 2008 at 9:24 am

One more reader who agrees: You bottled this vacation up beautifully. It sounds as though you have had a magical time… such blessings!

Holly C. June 7, 2008 at 9:31 am

Wow! Sounds like heaven.

molly June 7, 2008 at 10:06 am

oh geesh! this is so good. we need to go on vacation together……
xo.

Valerie June 7, 2008 at 10:38 am

Your post made me so sad!! We just moved from San Diego to Utah – it made me miss the beach, and wonder what the heck I was thinking to move so far away from it!!

What a lovely vacation, and what great memories for your family!!

leahkatieann June 7, 2008 at 1:15 pm

What a beautiful post for your family to look back on.

Molly June 7, 2008 at 1:15 pm

A truly lovely post. Our vacation’s coming up. I can’t wait!

erin June 7, 2008 at 2:34 pm

We just came home from the beach too….you summed up my feelings pretty well. I always wonder what they will remember.

d-ann June 7, 2008 at 6:39 pm

Beautiful! I’m sure they will remember. Plus you can always keep it alive by retelling the tales.

kelly June 7, 2008 at 7:10 pm

this was just beautiful to read ~ captures the fleetingness of childhood and precious moments perfectly…

Thimbleina June 7, 2008 at 11:47 pm

You have gathered some wonderful memories.

Lisa June 8, 2008 at 5:19 am

What a beautiful post – i live a short walk from the ocean but probably take it for granted. Thank you for reminding me of the wonder of it again. Love the footprint casts!

sarah June 8, 2008 at 7:27 am

looks like it was incredible!
when there’s family love, there are bound to be memories!

Stephanie June 8, 2008 at 7:45 am

They won’t have to remember–they’ll just have to read Mom’s blog. What they will remember is the feeling–love.

Jessica June 8, 2008 at 1:27 pm

What a wonderful vacation it looks like you all had. Your words and pictures truly captured your time at the beach. I love the plaster footprints you made! What is your tomato pie recipe-it looks delicious!

Dallas June 8, 2008 at 2:34 pm

Those are all wonderful memories. It sounds like you had a great trip.

Sarah June 8, 2008 at 3:35 pm

That was lovely Stefani. I always enjoy visiting you here.

How did you do that foot thing? Jack would love that, he is obsessed with his foot prints.

dianeinjapan June 8, 2008 at 11:07 pm

Those foot casts are great! And your tomato pie is looking soooo good to me right now!

Twinkle June 9, 2008 at 6:49 am

This is beautiful. It’s making me think we need to go visit my mother in the Carribean-now!!! I miss the beach!

Molly June 9, 2008 at 12:36 pm

I can hardly stand how beautiful and fun this looks! xo

Molly June 9, 2008 at 12:36 pm

I can hardly stand how beautiful and fun this looks! xo

Mary Smith June 9, 2008 at 7:25 pm

I love those sand candles. That gave me a great idea. I love your photos and memories.

Jennifer June 10, 2008 at 5:41 am

Sounds like a great vacation. I bet they will remember more than you think. What can you remember about summer when you were their age? Next time you are in Galveston check out Shrimp ‘n Stuff. Good eats!

Sara June 12, 2008 at 1:55 pm

What a great post! We took our daughter to Galveston for her “beach trip” a few years ago and she’s still talking about it! Isn’t that aquarium amazing? I love how the fish swim over your head. I’m now feeling the urge to make that long, long trip back to Galveston.

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