Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sharing A Special Afternoon

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I don't know about you but sometimes routine starts to get on my nerves.
Having both kids in school has set in motion a routine that I'm not used to.
Picking them both up, fixing a snack, helping with homework, cooking dinner, starting showers, reading stories, lights out ... it's the same. Day after day after day.
Sometimes I just need something different !!!!!!

Yesterday was that day.

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After school, we came home, got changed, packed a bag and headed out on an 'outing'. We found a lovely little spot, halfway down a flight of stairs to one of our favorite beaches. We spread out a picnic blanket, shared a packet of salt and vinegar rice crackers and spent an hour or so sketching and taking photos before making out way down to the rocks to explore.

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Jono said to me, while we were sitting, eating our snack.
"This is great. I love the water. The sound ...." and he let his thoughts drift off as we listened.
I was so proud of him.
He's such a perceptive and appreciate seven year old.
At one point in the afternoon, he called the ocean magnificent !

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Alia decided that she couldn't draw and refused to even try for a while. Never one to let them say they can't do something, I kept encouraging her to give it a go and (to my surprise) she ended up changing her mind and doing some great little sketches !

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It was such a nice change from our normal routine. I was thinking as we were leaving that I need to be more diligent in doing this sort of stuff with the kids on a regular basis.

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Exploring.

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Wondering. Marveling. Admiring.

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Getting lost in the beauty. The serenity.

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Feeling the cool breezes. Splashing in the water. Finding treasures.

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Just being us. Together.

Peacefully.

I enjoyed it.

They enjoyed it.

We can't wait to do it again ...

13 comments:

Khrista February 17, 2009 at 5:21 PM  

Sounds like a wonderful time! Love the pictures!

Katrina February 17, 2009 at 9:39 PM  

Hi Bonnie, I can't believe your listening to Good Wives..I love all of this series from Louisa Alcott (since I was 10yrs old). I have just finished reading Charlotte Bronte's VILLETTE. Give it a try and tell me what you think. It is really hard going until the second half and then becomes very rewarding!! Love your blog Bonnie..I so want to do a photoshop (or whatever you use) workshop with you!! Much Love

Cheri February 17, 2009 at 11:34 PM  

I love this! I bet your kids won't forget this time you all spent together for a very long time.
I love the picture of them exploring with the ocean in the background.

Mari February 18, 2009 at 3:05 AM  

What a great idea. I'm not very good at changing the routine, and I could learn from you. I love the pictures!

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows February 18, 2009 at 8:24 AM  

What a great outing! Those are the moments they will remember!

So good to hear from you. I switched feed readers. I need to get you in my new one!

Amy February 18, 2009 at 11:04 AM  

Oh Bonnie.... such an afternoon of drinking in all that beauty.... gorgeous... thankyou for that... I felt like I was with ya, girl! mmmm.... I could get lost in a place like that.... Hugs.. Amy

Leeann February 18, 2009 at 12:29 PM  

Three cheers for such a great post!

Love the photography, the imagery, the sweetness of the day. Very well done.

Leeann

Christina February 19, 2009 at 1:28 AM  

This looks like such a wonderful time! Very peaceful and soul-restoring. The colors are incredible. And love their sketches!

The Curnews March 4, 2009 at 7:38 PM  

I too can't wait till you do it again! Loved the scenic tour of your wonderful sporadic day!

Sabba and Nanny March 5, 2009 at 4:38 AM  

Magnificent!

Your creativity. Jono's vocabulary. Alia's courage to accept a challenge. God's ocean!

A fine word, magnificent.

Going back to its ultimate Latin roots: magnus: great; facere: to do

It has to do with doing great things or great things done well.

Well done, mi hija. Magnificent!

Miss Muffin March 5, 2009 at 5:55 AM  

Funny! When I read this I felt so ... understood. You must be a bit like me! I also can't stand routine for long. I mean ... it's nice cause it makes things easier in a way ... but it VERY soon get's on my nerves and in the worst case totally frustrates me ... :-(
Unfortunately we don't have such a lovely sea nearby to break up the routine.
Love the photos by the way!

Laura March 10, 2009 at 6:17 PM  

Have you thought about homeschooling? You could do that all day everyday together. :o) Thanks for sharing your awesome day!

kim May 13, 2009 at 11:02 PM  

i love to hear a mom's reflections on her kids...very cool

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