I am a smidge obsessed with my family. I'm just going to start by saying that.
We went on vacation this past week to the beach. Stevie and I haven't been to the beach with my entire family in years, and it really hit me when we were all together again. Wow, I have missed this. It's hard to put the beats of my heart into words, but these pictures really capture the essence of this much-needed trip. Babies. Cousins. Corona. Bocce Ball. Seafood. Sand in absolutely everything. Big hats. Small itinerary. Coffee clutch. And a million new miracles to celebrate. Oh, we found the time to celebrate.
I can't find enough words to encompass how much my hurried little heart needed this pause. The sea has a way of getting underneath my skin and smoothing out the folds of my unnecessarily-panting mind. Clarity always surfaces. God always speaks. And my family always, always makes me laugh big. Being at the beach with these astounding individuals is like taking a deep breath, holding it in and treasuring the moment, and then exhaling like a new woman. I am so thankful for them. The tan is a just an added bonus.
// Victory lap. For laying out all day. //
// Are your teeth rotting yet? That's how sweet these folks are. //
// Sisterhood looks like. We just need some traveling pants. //
// Mom and Cousin Amber (who might as well be a sis) // Sun setting like a champ //
// I know. Dorky. All-American. Linen. I don't even care. //
// Kites really don't get enough credit for being whimsically awesome. //
// These people again. I can't get enough. //
// Cousins. Their babes. Gobble gobble gobble. And again I want more. //
// Dad volleyballing like a champ. //
// The family models. // Rachel Lynn and her main squeeze Charlie. //
// Snorkeling (obviously) // Posing (what's new?) //
// Sunset and family love, with a side of Bocce //
// Morning running club (Los cuatro corredores!) // My mother looking like a French bike lady (we've seen too many Hepburn movies) // Views and Seafood //
This is a mere snapshot. My hurried heart finally took a breather and for that I am so glad. With the upcoming transition of this week, I feel like my head is on straight and my eyes are restfully focused forward. I hope you get the chance to vacation with your favorite people this summer. Take the moments you get with them and cherish it. Because somehow we are all growing up SO stinkin' fast.
Love love love.