First, I hope all my mommy readers had a wonderful Mother's Day! I'm kind of thinking it should be "Mother's Week" instead of just one day :) Can you imagine?? A week of pampering and well behaved kids?? Ahhh, one can dream! But my Mother's Day was great - relaxing and low key. When Brian asked me what I wanted to do I instantly thought of sitting in the backyard in the sun sipping wine while watching a hot handyman with the body of Channing Tatum chop wood with no shirt on..the beach. So that's what we did. We packed snacks and the kids beach toys and headed to the beach. It's still "off season" here in CT, so although the beaches are open, there were just a few scattered families there. It was so quiet and peaceful. I think I'm more of an "off season" girl. Like taking a trip to a really touristy place when it's off season and only some of the restaurants are open and there's no traffic and hardly any people. Something about that is just magical. I think I need to live in a New England beach town year round so I can enjoy having it all to myself before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Anyway, yesterday's weather was perfect at right around 70 degrees...great for dipping our little piggies in the ice cold ocean and then laying on our blanket soaking up a little sun.
On the drive to the beach, I told Brian that I would be thrilled with 15 minutes of quiet time at the ocean. 15 minutes of laying in the sun while everyone played nicely. Before the...."Mommy, I need a drink", "Mama I need to go potty"..."MAMA, Lauren poured sand down my pants..." started. So I was pleasantly surprised when we had 2 hours of relaxing family time. The kids made sandcastles and then Brian took them for a walk around the rocks leaving me with some PRECIOUS alone time where I laid on the beach and listened to the ocean and actually had....wait for it.....UNINTERRUPTED THOUGHTS. That never happens! 99.9% of my thoughts are interrupted by someone asking for a cookie or asking me to cut out shapes for an art project. (Most of the time the kids, but sometimes it's Brian ;) But I think the ocean is therapeutic...I feel so good being there - especially when there's not a beachful of teenagers playing frisbee over my head as often is the case in the summer months. Anyway, I came to some real epiphanies, if you will. I need to spend more time at the beach....I need to start meditating - this is something I've been interested in for a while, but just haven't made the time to start doing it. I also really want to start making some healthy recipes and eating more whole foods. And finally, I need a goal based check list. Don't ask me what those goals are now...my first goal is to set goals for the check list. ;) A bucket list of sorts. But I need one and there's no reason on earth why one of those goals can't involve a cooking lesson with a Ryan Reynolds look alike....just sayin'.