All Aboard!

First stop, a newly-opened railroad museum with hats and photo-ops galore! Bug and Bitty Girl shared some rare brother-sister-bonding time on the train station platform. I could almost picture them in 1920’s garb waiting for a train to stop with a swoosh and a puff of steam to sweep them away on a grand summer adventure!

My smiling oldest daughter is already on a grand adventure aboard the vintage train car. The just-her-size piano was a big hit.


The dining car still boasted original stained glass, hardwood furnishings, and opulent wallpaper. The museum official in charge of refurbishing this jewel let us peek into all the nooks and crannies of the compact rooms beyond the dining car. They were all mid-renovation but still with plenty of historical charm. The entire train car was on a concrete foundation, which surprisingly resulted in a smoother ride than modern trains according to the renovation conductor. There was even a control panel for the AIR-CONDITIONING UNIT from early 1920’s! I had no idea they HAD AC that long ago! The tiny bedroom had a baseboard heater that was somehow connected to the steam engine, and there was even a fold-out sink and toilet in one corner. No privacy, obviously, but I’m sure it was a luxurious amenity when compared to previous train toilets ; ) I wish now that I’d taken more pictures of the rest of the car!


The best conductor of all ; ) But make sure you pay for your ticket because he doesn’t look like he’d be very sympathetic to stowaways!


Every boy needs a chance to play with an original Morse Code machine, right? There was even a code sheet next to the “clicker” so he got to practice some real messages.


Second stop, the fogbound bay to dine in our traditional harbor-side restaurant with the rest of our extended family.


While we waited for dinner, we got to watch this big guy beg the “leftovers” from a local fisherman who was gutting small sharks and other fish. His dinner was less than appetizing to look at, but it was pretty awesome to watch the giant sea creature toss and fling and smack his food against the water to break it apart into “bite” sized pieces, then dive for each pieces individually. A picture really doesn’t do the performance justice, but being new to blogging, I haven’t taught myself how to upload a video yet. That’ll be one of my future projects, I promise!


After dinner my Bitty Girl took on some angelic qualities… *snort* Anyone who knows her knows she’s not the most angelic kiddo at times! I guess she’ll take all the help she can get ; ) These are REAL shells, by the way. Can you IMAGINE a clam that size?!

My favorite green bug hamming it up for the camera while we tried to walk off some dinner calories!

We ended our dinner-and-a-walk with a truffle run on the local chocolate shop. NOTHING beats a homemade truffle on a foggy evening while strolling the boardwalk… Yep, definitely ranks up there at the top of my list of perfect days : )

Rocky Terrain Ahead

And when I say rocky, I’m not exaggerating! The entire beach is covered in rocks. Not a speck of sand to be seen! I suppose this is how our usual sandy beaches must feel to The Borrowers and Fairies ; )

These rocks are torture to walk across for any length of time, but it is one of my favorite haunts for a lazy day. I’ll bet you can’t even imagine the treasures to be discovered in one handful of rocks…


Fairy-size shells, bits of jade, occasional shards of glass, among a myriad of other things I can’t identify, all polished smooth as silk by the tides. I can literally spend hours lying on this beach sifting through the smooth rocks. It soothes my senses and inspires my imagination. If all of these things are hidden in what appears to be gravel to the naked eye, what treasures must fine sand hold?! Do tinier shells exist?


While I daydream of tiny details, the rest of my family focuses on much larger projects such as sabotaging the creek!


They even successfully dug out a nice little wading hole. Calling it a swimming hole is a bit of a stretch although Bug was able to paddle around in it for a little while!

We called it a day when the group of moms downstream started hollering at us. Apparently we were supposed to be sharing the creek water ; )

Random Fun

The crickets are chirping at me to go to bed, but before I do, how ’bout I throw some random fun pictures out there?!

She has dubbed herself Eagle Girl, or something… All I think is, “Whoa! Look at her muscles!!!” Apparently she’s short only because all her nutrition goes straight to her muscles, not to her skeletal height ; )


I’m not sure if we’re playing Spiderman or pirates… Or has Spiderman adopted a pirate’s life?


A quick trip to our favorite little grocery store. She was psyched to see that they’ve upsized the small carts to something more practical and size-appropriate! We actually fit everything we needed into only her cart. I felt really weird walking around not pushing anything…
IMG_5330Here is where I should be right now. …Minus the Little Einsteins on an iPod ; )


I never tire of watching my babies sleep…

Goodnight, everybody!


On days like this…

…I truly do not see how life can get any better. Seriously, warm sunshine, perfect temperatures, stunning views, and adventurous kids all add up to one gorgeously-memorable day and a few sunkissed cheeks!

But first, before I get to the really good stuff, humor me and admire my Jamberried toes! I’m so excited to have found a way to have fun, funky toes AND enjoy the sand and waves. Is it totally silly that it makes me smile to see pretty toes on myself?


Now for some real craziness, how many of YOU can do THIS?! I remember when *I* could do that once-upon-a-time… And here I was proud of myself for running sprints on the beach and actually beating my oldest son in a race across loose sand! If I could do this again, I’d be one proud mommy!


My two oldest kids are far too adventurous for my tastes. They clambered up the rocks to the top of a nearby jetty to take a gander at the seething ocean beyond. Every time those waves crash against the big rocks, Bitty Girl’s eyes would widen, and she’d announce, “Mommy, it’s FUMBER! (thunder)” But these two thought it was a grand adventure to stand at the top and wave down at me. I love how kids are so unafraid, fully trusting their nimble bodies to get them where they want to go and keep them safe while doing it. I guess I’m just the paranoid mom who sees nothing but big gaps and holes and crashing waves.Every time they take off to explore something new, I hear Dory’s voice in the back of my head, “Well, you can’t never let anything happen to them; then nothing would ever happen to them.” So I wave back with a smile, snap a few pictures, and trust the abilities God blessed them with and His protective hand over them. …I am far from perfect at it… And in actuality, the sloping edge of that jetty is still at least another ten feet beyond my kiddos’ feet with a watchful Grandma in between : )

This Bitty Girl, despite any other faults she may have, isn’t even tempted by dangerous escapades. She stays on solid ground, far from the water and rocks, content to dig in the mostly-dry sand.


Not to be outdone by her baby sister, this crazy girl is THE QUEEN of getting dirty on the beach! It’s not officially a beach day until she has sand up to her forehead! Today she decided to experiment with burying her lower-half, which she managed quite nicely all by herself : )


One of my favorite aspects of a beach day is enjoying the beauty all around us. It never ceases to amaze me how totally unreal it is to be able to capture views like this on camera! It doesn’t need any Photoshopping to make it breathtaking; it just IS, no matter what kind of camera you happen to have in your hand. I am amazed every time I look out over the ocean, completely awed that a normal person like me can have access to such powerful beauty.



Just for the record, yes, I climbed to the top of that jetty too, so I could take these last two pictures! I decided if I ever had a beach day all for myself, this would be one of the places I’d want to come; I’d climb to the top, spread a beach towel on a warm, flat rock and lie there listening to the waves crash and feeling the salt spray on my skin…


Summer Vacation is ON!

Although, I am beginning to have some doubts about the company my children will be keeping for the next few weeks…

IMAG0362There are no words… I’ll be back when I’ve recovered the initial shock of my children being transformed into Mexican Super Wrestlers ; )

Do I have to have a title?

I can’t think of an appropriate title for a first post. I would rather have a single compelling word to catch your attention and entice you to join me on my latest ramble. But right now, my mental thesaurus is already on summer vacation.

I used to blog. I still do most days. Unfortunately, all of my “blogging” happens within the confines of my brain as I rush through life seemingly unable to find a spare minute to commit my rambling thoughts and narratives to paper – or screen in this case. This blog is my attempt to slow down and reconnect with the simple joys of life.