Monday, September 28, 2009

Dreaming in Green and Pink

Had to scan this in tonight before bed. I decided at the last minute to participate in Helga's Weekly Art Challenge. This week's theme was green and pink. It was a fun color combo to work with. Made me dream of the return of spring! But fall is on my mind as the summer weather wilts away and cool breezes tiptoe their way through the sun bleached skies. We had one last heat wave and now it looks like summer is finally conceding to fall...just in time for Halloween! But that's another project/blog entry all together. I'm sad to see summer go, but I am gladly welcoming cooler temperatures and the smell of smoke and decaying leaves and crisp night air.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Spontaneous Beach Trip

I must have lamented out loud a million times how summer was almost at an end and I had only been to the beach twice. So when I looked out the window last Saturday around 2pm and the sky was just such a bright, deep blue, I knew it was a sign for me to just GO to the beach already. No more excuses. No more lamenting the end of summer.

Half the day was gone, but I didn't care! I packed up the essentials: beach blanket, towels, sand toys, journal, a little bag of art supplies and the baby's bag. In less than an hour, I was packed up with my two lovely daughters and on our way to Santa Cruz. It was a wonder-filled drive through the Santa Cruz mountains on highway 17. So green and the road is so twisty and cozy.

We walked around the Boardwalk. We split a cherry ICEE and had some Dippin' Dots and corn dogs and garlic fries! All that yummy Boardwalk/Carnival food that you can only enjoy on those rare occasions. After we realized (much to Maya's dissapointment) that we really couldn't go on any rides (Maya was too short to ride alone and I couldn't bring the baby on any of them), we headed to the beach and just reveled in the warm sun, cool breeze, and meditative ocean waves. Maya built sand castles and Sureya looked around at the folks splashing in the water and burying themselves in the sand (should've gotten a picture of that!). EVERYONE was at the beach that day. It was great.

There is still a little bit of summer left before Halloween rolls into town. Don't let the stores fool you into believing that summer is over! (I swear Michael's is already starting to put Christmas stuff out there! Didn't I once say we'd soon be having Christmas in July?) Anyway, go enjoy the fresh air and sunshine before the sun starts setting at 5pm!

And, no, it's not too late to get up from this computer and run through the grass barefoot or run through the sprinklers! Just go already. ;)


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