Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday | Once Upon a Time at the Beach

So it's another one for the "Too Old For College Group But Not Qualified For the Young Marrieds Group" people! Yesterday after church we saddled up for a day at the beach, armed with blankets, sweaters, frisbees, and lots of candy. We carpooled in four cars (carpooling always makes it more fun!) and after several hours (which included stopping for lunch), made it to my family's favorite beach spot.

I was personally long overdue for a day at the beach. It's therapy, friends. The soft sand, the steady drone of the crashing waves, the whistling of the wind, the soft, warm heat penetrating through the clouds, and just the bigness of it all.

Frisbees were thrown. Candy was eaten. Sand was dug in. Walks on the beach were taken. Trails through the nearby swamp were explored (no pictures of this, as I decided to just live the moment instead of trying to immortalize it with my slightly cumbersome camera; sometimes you just have to leave it behind, although after all the gorgeous beauty, including an INCREDIBLE "octopus" tree, I did begin to regret not having it!). Oh and more candy was eaten, since nobodies counting at the beach, right?

I love my friends. It was a perfect day, where we laughed, played around, and just got closer as a unique group of young-ish adults.




36 comments:

  1. You need to come to Germany. Here it's the norm that people don't marry till mid to late 20's. We have many young adults in church 20-30 that are not married.... you'd not be "out of place". ☺

    Looks like a good time though. Can'T wait to go to the beach again next year when I come to FL for my graduation.

    Iria♥

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    1. I'd love to come to Germany, Iris! And not just for the bevy of fellow "old singles!"

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  2. the beach is so wonderful, and now I want to go oh so badly.

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    1. Hey, Stephanie! Thank you for commenting! I do so love the beach and I recommend that you go at your earliest convenience! :D

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  3. Looks like a beautifully relaxing time with friends! Spending time with your Jesus-lovin' friends is for sure a good time!

    Sometimes I wish we had a beach here. But that is not one of the things the Midwest provides. But I wouldn't trade my beautiful Black Hills for anything! :)

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    1. Hehe, well, I'd never trade my coastal access for any other terrain, no matter how beautiful. I have ocean in my blood forever. :D

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  4. Ah, how fun! Seeing those pictures makes me miss y'all.

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    1. I was thinking of you, Rachel!! You ARE missed!!

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  5. Looks like a fabulous time at the beach! :-)

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    1. Fabulous is a perfect word for it, Susannah!

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  6. Looks like you had great fun :) I hope my brothers behaved??? Just kidding, I'm sure they were good little[not] boys!!!

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    1. Mary!!! I'm so happy to see you on here! You just made my day. :)

      Haha, yes, you're brothers were quite well-behaved, were perfect gentleman and were actually quite hilarious! You have raised them well. ;)

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    2. Why thank you...lol!!!

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  7. Looks like a great time!!! Glad to see ya'll had a fun day on the beauteous beach!

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    1. It was, my dear friend, it was!!

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  8. Looks like you guys had a blast, thanks for sharing!
    Gosh, the sight of you all in sweatshirts is making me feel hot, I haven't needed a sweater since early May and if rumors are true, it doesn't appear I will be needing one anytime soon! =P

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    1. Haha, well, we're we actually live we are definitely NOT wearing sweaters either! But along the coast it a deal colder. :)

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  9. Looks like you all had a wonderful time! I haven't made it to the beach yet this year, and I'm really hoping to pay it a visit as soon as I'm out of school.(:

    ~Vicki
    Decked Out in Ruffles

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    1. We did have a wonderful time, Vicki! And you really must carve out time for the beach soon!

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    1. It actually was lovely weather! It was gray and I thought before getting out of the car that it was going to be cold, but despite the clouds, it was a pleasant level of comfortable and cool, but not cold. :)

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  11. Beautiful photos! There is something so calming about the beach!

    Elena

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Elena! I agree with you - the beach is one of my favorite places! I love the bigness of it!

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  12. A group of us went to the ocean a week ago! Your weather looks about the same as ours was. I love the ocean. So peaceful and gorgeous. As are your photos! Gorgeous I mean. ;) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Aaaah!! I totally forgot to let you know we were going!!! I feel so bad, Kara!! Well, at least I'm glad that you'd had a chance to go with some friends last week! :)

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    2. No worries! I figured you were busy with enough stuff on your mind at the moment. :)

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    3. You are oh so forgiving, Kara! :)

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  13. Ahh, I haven't been to the beach in forever!! Cloudy beach days are my favorite. (Not to mention candy is always a good idea. ^_^)

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    1. I love cloudy days at the beach too, Bree! And eating candy like I was a kid again wasn't too shabby. ;)

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  14. The grey clouds remind me so much of typical beach days in the PNW. And funny thing is, I went to the coast last weekend and we actually had sunny weather. It looks like a lovely time and you are so right, nobody counts how many pieces of candy are consumed at the beach. :)

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    1. And that's my favorite kind of beach! East coast beaches feel dirty and bathwater-ish after our crisp, icy cool Pacific. :)

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  15. Oh, what a fun day! Such beautiful, cloudy, stormy-gray images. Now I REALLY want to visit 'the other coast' waaay out yonder. :)

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    1. You know it's a standing open invitation to you, don't you? :D So just tell me when and I'll be at the airport terminal to pick you up, probably jumping up and down like a kid, waving frantically. :)

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  16. So much fun! I need a beach day!

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  17. I feel like a creep for saying this, but I think we'd be fast friends in real life! Btw, you are in my favorites on my blog :)

    http://beautifulprocess.blogspot.com/

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