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Monday, June 23, 2008

Shell Seekers

When you have teenagers who love to sleep late, there is no joy like that of still having a seven year old around the house!

Early Sunday morning I stole into my little one’s room and tapped her on the shoulder, “Let’s go find some shells!”

Excited, we scurried around the house packing a quick breakfast and headed off to the beach. When we arrived everything was quiet and calm. Noone around, just two hungry shell seekers!





We set up camp. First, we’d eat. Then, a walk on the jetty over looking the canal…"I own all the sea!," she proclaimed.


"Watch your step, Mom," said the Great Adventurer! With bucket in hand, we stepped off the jetty to find precious shells for necklaces..."Mom, these are very ancient," I was told.
Rocks are great to collect, too... Now a walk through the dunes scouting for dune roses...And a glimpse at the boats beyond...we debated which one we'd live on!
Here we found baby crabs...
Then a stop at the playground and a few more shells to fill glass jars at home...

When we walked into the house the teenagers were just waking up. "Where were you two?", they mumbled when they spied our cache.

"Oh, just on an adventure," my little one winked.

27 comments:

pve design said...

lol- how did you know that is the story here. my sons have 1 final to go and my daughter is nearly done with school. She is up early and toots her flute! Why everyone should be awake, it is after all morning, she exclaims!

Rue said...

Hi Tara :)

You have not only made me miss the beach, but also my daughter being that little....

What a wonderful adventure you both had :)

rue

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh how precious is the innocence of that age. You should print this entry out and keep it so you can look back and remember the sweet magic of the day:>) Give that child a hug for me. I miss my "little" girls.

Shannon J (Faith & Chocolate) said...

Awwwww! That is sooo sweet... I cannot wait for our beach trip to walk along and hunt for shells with my little ones! Great pictures, Tara!
Hugs,
Shannon

bluemuf said...

Tara, What a lovely way to start your morning. Sweet company and a magical adventure. Please show us some of the treasure of the sea you collected.

Hugs Karen

Cori G. said...

What a sweet morning! It sounds like the two of you have been having some wonderful bonding time.
Oh I read a funny post the other day about smelly starfish...beware!
:)
Cori

M.Kate said...

My 2 daughters will sleep in late every weekend, only my 7 year old son will be up early and go anywhere I want to go in the morning. Looking at this post makes me miss the beach a LOT.

Janet said...

What a lucky Mom AND a lucky girl!

Janet

Tracy said...

What a sweet outing...Your daugther is lovely! Oh, to be 7 and "owning" and discovering the world! We can learn a lot of kids...Glad you had such a fun time and great finds! Happy Summer Days to you all ((HUGS))

Cottage Contessa said...

That was an awesome adventure Tara! What a fun mum you are sweetie to tht gorgeous little angel of yours! I remember that age..........so fun!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Mary said...

Oh what a sweet post! And how I miss that time when there were tons of hugs for mommy every day. :)
xoxo,
Mary

Firefly Hill said...

Tara,

What a fun morning! We love exploring the beach too....

Your daughter is darling!

annie

KarenHarveyCox said...

Tara, what a smart girl you are for stealing away with your lovely daughter. You are so blessed to have the glorious age of seven about while having teens. Sounds like you had such a nice date. I grew up on Long Island and the beach was always a quick trip in the car. A walk on the beach in the morning is always so wonderful, especially with such good company. Karen

Sandi McBride said...

What fun to have a child around to keep your head in the right spirit of life!
hugs
Sandi

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Precious Memories!

Gina said...

What a lovely thing to do with your little girl..this is one of my favourite things to do with my 2.. I hope they will still want to when they're teenagers! Gx

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Searching for shells is one of my all time adventure. Thanks for the bringing back the memories! :-) Rosie

Annie said...

And what a wonderful adventure it was too. "I own all the sea.." I loved that comment. Fantastic stuff.

Sandy said...

Oh how I miss the beach! I grew up until 6th grad in southern Calif. and we were at the beach daily combing for shells and sand dollars with my mom. Thanks for that stroll down memory lane!
Have a fabulous day.
Blessings,
Sandy

Kacey said...

wow, you're making me miss the beach! How nice to be close enough for a morning escapade like that! Sounds wonderful.

JeannieTheDreamer said...

a wonderful adventure! Your family is so blessed to have you...

Jeannie

Mary said...

Very jealous.

That you have the ocean that close and that you have a seven year old to share it with.

Donna said...

What a wonderful adventure, Tara! I love looking for sea shells (and little stones)!
What a lovely time you two must have had.
Hugs,
Donna

Pat said...

Ah, Tara, the last photo was so precious! That is really one that should be framed as it says so much about childhood innocence. Enjoy these moments, and press them in your heart for safe keeping.

Hugs, Pat

dlyn said...

What a precious time together for the two of you!

amanda said...

Oh, I just love adventures! It looks like you two had a beautiful time!

Amanda:)

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

This is just the most precious post! I love how your daughter said she owned all the sea and that the shell was very ancient. These are memories you will both cherish so very much.

Also love the scenery. How beautiful it is there and how lucky that you can travel to the beach!

Kady