…as any photographer-mom would tell you, the desire to capture the moment is almost always in conflict with the desire to be fully present in said moments…
…this is never more true than on vacation.
A week in San Diego, unplugged, with amazing company was the perfect ending to a fab summer (it didn’t hurt that the weather was gorgeous and that my cousin Sara is a true connoisseur of her city and the greatest adventure planner EVAH!! –if you’re planning a trip to San Diego and want to know everything check out her blog) .
So I kept my camera in the bag for 90% of our trip in order to be neck-deep in sand, saltwater, and fun, but just a few times I couldn’t resist pulling it out to archive the memories…
Can I just take a moment to brag on my ah-mazing husband who has taught me so much about engaging our kids, loving them well, and being full present in the now! He’s the first to get dirty, brave the freezing waters, and think of the next crazy game…never once asking for 5 minutes to himself. He’s an indescribable gift that I try my darndest not to take for granted.
I know, I know. I’m obsessed with his curls.
My sweet papa Jim (who went to be with Jesus this year) taught me to boogie board as soon as I could swim, and I cannot tell you how nostalgic it was to pass that along to my babies. I was undoubtedly the only person on the beach clapping and crying at the same time!
We spent a day at Legoland, and while I wasn’t super impressed, the kids had an absolute blast!
The best of times were had at the beach and I’m sure I wouldn’t appreciate it if we lived there, but I miiiiiiiight be willing to try 🙂 These pictures of Emery carrying her boogie board down to the water just melt me…she’s so grown up and I can. not. stand. it.
(…sometimes you just can’t decide if you like a picture better in color and black and white…)
…Mac looking as though he could conquer the world…
I saved my favorites for last…
I. could. die.
Vacation used to be about relaxing. Now it’s so much better.