Today we celebrated Charlie’s birthday at Hurricane Harbor in Valencia with his cousins. We were worried about the air quality as the Santa Clarita fires are burning out of control and were only 10% contained this morning.
We were lucky that the park and freeways were open and we were able to arrive before the park opened for the day.
As soon as we entered the park, we went to find lounge chairs in the shaded area first. Once we were settled, everyone began exploring and cooling off, as it was already so hot first thing in the morning.
We all had a good time, floating down the lazy river, splashing in the kid areas, bobbing up and down in the wave pool and riding a handful of rides.
Happy birthday, Charlie! Today it was fun to play in the water and in the sun with our family.
Life is good.
What was your favorite part of the day?
My favorite part of the day was when all 10 of us were in the pool at the same time. All the cousins and aunties and uncle were together in the water and this made me happy.
I didn’t take a single picture today and that is rare for me, especially with so many fun moments.
By not taking pictures and not being on my phone, I felt more fully present.
At dinner tonight, we all agreed to leave our phones down and it made a big difference to the experience. I know this should be obvious, but it’s not in my family, and I enjoyed us all being in the moment together with limited interruptions.
Life is good. Keep on loving each other and lifting each other up. I hope you had a good day.
I am happy that we got to celebrate Charlie’s birthday today with family, doing what he loves and feeling his joy of being an almost teenager.
We enjoyed donuts for breakfast, bowled in the afternoon, made pizzas for dinner and ate red velvet cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes for dessert.
Life is sweet! Today was good. Sending blessings of peace to you and your family, and especially to those in Munich today.
Happy Birthday, Charlie. You are loved! xo
I didn’t take any pictures today, although there were some beautiful sites along our journey.
Today I am thankful for my sisters who welcomed us home and made us a wonderful dinner with literally an hour’s notice of our arrival. Jeff just returned from Europe and is jet lagged and I’ve been a a working, solo parent for the past week plus. We were both too exhausted to think and they did the thinking, planning, shopping, prepping and cooking dinner for us and this gift was priceless and much enjoyed.
It’s great to be loved! Thanks, sisters!!
How was your day? Did anyone spoil you? Did you spoil anyone?
Life is good.
Summer days are really long, especially when you get up before the crack of dawn and go to bed at midnight!! I have 14 minutes left in the day and hope to be in bed in 7, so I’ll make this quick.
This was the highlight of my day: getting out of the house for a run and dragging Charlie along on his bike.
The run part was very hard and my legs felt like lead and it was hot!!
Today was a day of resistance and digging down deep to find gratitude when I wanted to cry and scream. I did come untethered and almost cried but was too tired to care to cry.
In the middle of feeling like shit, I tried to remember all the important things you need to know when you feel down. The problem with practicing what you’re supposed to do when you don’t want to is that it takes a lot of will power and energy when you don’t have a lot of will power and energy. I did it anyway and could feel the shift. I know it works when we practice, but man, fighting that resistance is a challenge.
Today was a challenge. And tomorrow is another day for peace, with hopefully a little more sleep, a little more food, more water and more down time.
Some days are full and busy and go non-stop.
And I am out of energy.
Can you relate?
How was your summer day? What made you smile? Tell me a story. 🙂
I’m taking the night off…all 16 minutes left of day 39!! I really need to get to bed earlier.
I choose to wake up bright and early every day. I have figured out a work schedule that allows me to get most of my work done while my teens and tween sleep in. Once they wake up and get moving and finish their chores, there is plenty of time for us to enjoy each other and our staycation.
Last night before going to bed, Charlie told me that when he woke up that he was going to make me eggs for breakfast. I loved the excitement of the anticipation that he was going to cook for me. I love the little things in life the most.
He woke up maybe two hours after I had been working already. The first thing he asked was if I was ready for breakfast. He hadn’t forgotten his promise. I love his thoughtfulness and his breakfast hit the spot.
I really appreciated his gesture and I think he was proud of himself. He asked to sit with me for two minutes, and how could I resist?
I think he was also excited for our beach day that we had planned and I love that he wanted to give back. While I worked, the kids got stuff ready to go to the beach and when I clocked out, we were almost ready to go.
We loaded the car and drove over the hill and were set up on the beach for our picnic by 1pm. We enjoyed the warmth of the sun and the cool ocean breeze and didn’t leave until after dinner time. The kids and their friends and the moms all had a good time and didn’t want to leave.
When we finally left, we kept with our new tradition and stopped for ice cream at Marianne’s before heading back over the hill to arrive home again. Who says you can’t have ice cream for dinner and dinner for dessert?
I absolutely loved our fun-filled, long summer day. And now I am ready to rest.
Life is good. How was your Monday?