I know I’ve said this before but I could say it all day. Gracie has the best uncles a girl could ask for. They are so involved in her life and do everything they can to stay in close contact with her, even though they live in sunny California. Dean and Chris aren’t your typical; I’ll see you a few times a year and call occasionally, kind of uncles. They’re the call and check-in often, let’s have Skype dates; I’ll send you funny videos and gifts for no reason, kind of uncles. They are always thinking of ways they can come out here or get us out to California so that they can see their niece as often as possible. The two of them do so much to make sure that even though they don’t see her every day, Grace knows just how much they LOVE her and how special she is to them. It makes me get all teary just thinking about it. :)
For our trip out to California, we met up with the boys on day 4 and it was just us for a day before G’s parents met up with us in Anaheim. In typical super uncle fashion, the fridge was stocked with snacks they thought the stinker would like and she had her very own “Let’s Make Art” book that they picked up just for her sitting on the desk with art supplies when we arrived. Our guys also planned a special beach day for the five of us, which we were sooooo excited about! As a family who lives in the desert, any opportunity to be around beautiful beaches and water is never taken for granted. The “Guncles” practically live at the beach, so we were set up with all the beach gear and yummy food we would need before we headed out!
It was a very chill day spent relaxing and noshing on yummy foods while soaking up the sun. This was Gracie’s 4th time visiting the ocean and she could not wait to get her feet in the water. Grace and G collected seashells, Grace played in the waves, we picnicked and took our gal’s 3rd birthday pictures, which made the day fly by.
I’m a water sign and a total water baby, so our day at the beach was a day that I needed, for lots of reasons. I don’t know how to explain the connection I have with water other than to say that it soothes me like nothing else. It really helps me to put things in perspective and clear my mind. This is one of the reasons I shower twice a day, every day and try my best to make sure we make it out to the lake, water parks, pools and rivers as often as possible. I’m sure there’s some biological explanation for how I feel. All I know is that it’s a force that I can’t and don’t wish to fight (even if my frequent showers drive my wife crazy sometimes). In my defense, all of our plants are desert plants and we don’t buy bottled water. We don’t have a pool, or grass and all of our appliances that use water, are energy efficient! See babe… I’m practically a water conservationist if you think about it! ;)
Our beach day was the same day I found out that our first IVF cycle was unsuccessful. Looking back, I don’t think there’s a better place I could have been to receive news like that. Sure, when it all hit me days later, it was tough but it wasn’t devastating when I found out and I think it had a lot to do with the fact that I felt at peace and happy. Thank God for Mother Nature.
I’ve noticed that the bigger Grace gets, the more she shows that she is a water baby too. For one, she’s a Pisces and I totally believe it that kind of stuff. She loves bath time and has since she was a newborn. She showered with us when she was tiny and would lie in my arms under the warm water until we both turned to raisins, just as happy as can be. She is currently obsessed with swim school and anytime we’re camping or at the lake, it’s her and I out playing in the water until dark. Typically we’re the first ones in and the last ones out. Like every other water adventure, the same was the case at Topanga Beach.
The kid was rolling in the sand, hounding for rocks, running non-stop along the beach (while screaming with joy) and playing in the waves. It made this Mama’s heart so happy to watch.
She even let me play with her sandy beach hair. Yeah, I couldn’t get my hair to look this good if I paid someone to do it…
Such a fun day in the sun.
Thanks brother bears! We can’t wait to come back and visit again!