Good For The Soul

I quickly brewed my second cup of coffee and grabbed breakfast to go. The kids were in the car watching a movie while I threw some clothes on, applied deodorant, and tossed the sand toys in the van. We needed to run free. 

"To the beach," I shouted, and turned up the music. 

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One of my favorite things is having my kids all to myself. It takes more work but it feels so good to give them all my attention. 

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The day was full of suprises. They walked the pier for the first time, and the fishermen were a highlight...and we were their biggest fans. I would yell, "He caught one!" And we would run over cheering and asking if we could touch the slimey scales. One fisherman was embarrased as he realized there was a starfish on his line, but we cheered him on just the same.

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Oh, and we also cheered the birds. They were so big and let us get so close that they needed some encouragement too.

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The best part was that Elias thought the pelican was a duck. "Hi duck, Hi! Hi duck!" There was a crowd around the bird, but I knew they were stopping to watch Elias and his love for life...I just stood back and watched, I was so proud.

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After our stroll on the pier, we indulged in the sand and ocean. And as I watched them play and turn into little sand crabs, I fell more in love with being a mom. 

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The beach has always been a place for me to regroup. And I need that. Sometimes I forget how much we all need to run free and experience something new.

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Life is so good, and there is so much to appreciate. Getting out is good for my soul...and theirs too.

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