Beach Trip: Huntington Pier


We spent a week at the beach last week, and the cold weather that descended this week has me wanting to turn around and go right back.  We spent an afternoon in Huntington Beach, CA and it turned out that the photos I took there are among my favorite from the trip so I’m sharing them first.


I’m totally in love with the lifeguard stations there.  I would have walked the entire beach to photograph each one (all different shades of aqua!?!  Hello!) had my husband not thought I’d completely lost my mind.  I had to content myself with just two.


The kids loved the walk on the pier most, although it was incredibly windy.



We paid our first visit to Ruby’s and it did not disappoint.


In fact, this dinner marked the first time that ALL of my children ate ALL of their food in a restaurant.  I loved the red, aqua and white 50’s feel and the kids loved knowing they were eating over the ocean.


We’ll definitely go back.


I wrote a while ago
about how I try to memorize something about my life every day.  It’s one thing I do to remind myself that this moment is what counts.  I find that when we go places together, I like to hang back for a minute or two and just watch them all walking together ahead of me.  (It also helps the stragglers keep up.)  I watch them all walk and think to myself “They all belong to me!  I am so blessed.”  It’s also a time to notice how tall they’re getting, smile at who’s holding hands with who, and generally enjoy the feeling of having a group this big.



The silhouette of the pier was so gorgeous as we prepared to leave.





Funny that I grew up at the foot of the Rocky Mountains but my heart is most at home at the beach.  I’m so grateful for our extra gift of time there.


Beautiful Color

You may remember the project my daughter started earlier in the year.  It’s coming along much more slowly than we planned, but she is still working on it.  Her strips of fabric are currently strewn all over my sewing room.

Some of them have the white strip attached.  I love all the color!

Unfortunately, they’re also covering the project I’m supposed to be working on this week (not that there’s been time for it, but having it buried doesn’t help.)  So now that room looks like the rest of my life:  too much going on!

At least they’re all good things!  I’m so pleased with her progress.



I’m loving the colors on these hydrangea blooms right now.  The pale grayish blue at the edges, dark blue in the center and a hint of green.  These blooms have lasted since Easter!  What a feast of color they’ve been all these months.


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