10 August 2016

Magical Summer

This has been a magical summer. 
YES it has!
Not too hot for the most part
(always awesome for those of us who are heat intolerant), 
but still filled with many beautiful days.

Garden pickings have been plentiful enough for us to be able to stop buying fruit at the grocery store. 
Figs, lots of berries, apples and Asian pears with more fruit on the way. 

Hubby and I have been eating MUCH healthier and losing weight (yippee!)
and I am right on schedule to be my ideal, healthy weight in early autumn:)
Now that my DH is retired, 
we've also been hiking more in varied locations
(although I am sidelined today by a blister--boo!). 
And hopefully, hopefully we'll be able to do some camping soon too. 

It has indeed been a summer full of blessings
and I will be telling you more about them in the next few weeks
(we upped our data plan and have figured out part of the tech trouble we were having)

And now for blessing #1: 
Do you remember way back in May when I said I had some news?
Well between tech problems -- which included phone issues on both of my smartphones--
I just couldn't find a good pix of someone special who I wanted to introduce you to. 
And I definitely wanted a good pic because this little somebody is indeed VERY special...

then early one morning, about 0100 (1:00 AM for those who don't speak hospital or military time), I got the strangest text from my DD and it turned out she was bringing this special little someone, 
and four other very special people to see us. Oh--and she expected to be here in about 6 hours.

And, a bit later then the appointed time, 
after a marathon 6 -8 hour all night cleaning session, 
my house and we were ready to meet our guests:)

So, without further delay, 
our newest special one. 

Yes, we are totally in love with her--and with ALL of our special guests!
SO adorable!
Just like her adorable daddy and mommy:)

This special little someone is our very FIRST great-granddaughter
and it goes without saying that she is cute, charming, totally well behaved 
and very, VERY special!

And, though our family had been on the road for hours and hours...
I knew where they'd want to go...
I told my hubby before they ever arrived.
And, yep, I was right...
they wanted to see our lovely sand and ocean right then. 
So down to the sand we did go. 

BTW, THREE of our very special guests had never, 
and I do mean NEVER, 
been to a ocean beach before.  

So, over the next 
--all too short days--
we beach hopped. 
And had an AMAZING time!!

And I remembered, what I had seemingly forgotten, 
that EARLY mornings are BEST spent on the sand...
(oh yea, one of my special visitors is on one of those boats out there)

Though you can't really see, 
the lighting is more magical in the morning, 
the beaches and roads a LOT less crowded. 
The atmosphere even feels different. 
And when a minus tide and those early AM hours coincide?
Aimee is in heaven. 
And that's the SAME way our special visitors felt as we walked the sands 
and explored the AMAZING life to be found in the tide pools.

God definitely blessed us this summer
and there were more blessings to come. 
I hope this has been a summer of blessings for you as well. 


Lincoln City, Oregon


Linda W. said...

Oh your great granddaughter is a cutie! How wonderful to meet her. And looks like you had a lovely trip to the beach. Good to hear from you and glad your summer is going well.

Betsy said...

Oh Aimee! I can just imagine the fun you've had. I can read the happiness oozing out between the words on your post. And what a sweet little gift. A great-granddaughter! Oh. My. Goodness. I can only imagine the happiness that would bring. Love the beach photos as always and can't wait to hear more about your summer of fun.

Sammy Sam said...

Thanks Aimee. Those were beautiful photos and it must have been so nice to have been able to share some of your favorite areas with your guests. We're sorry to learn that you have a blister. My dad came back from New York recently with one on each foot. Too much walking in one day in hot, humid weather in new sneakers. It has been a great summer up here too. Not too many hot days (and stuffy houses). We're looking forward to a great autumn.

ellen b said...

A great granddaughter, what a wonderful blessing. I don't know why I missed this post on my feedly but I'm happy to catch up now. How fun to introduce your very special guests to the ocean sand for the first time. Your wee one is a cutie! I think I need a "real" beach trip soon. Your retirement plans and activity sound good. PTL for your summer blessings...

Gracie Saylor said...

Thanks for posting, Aimee! I am so glad you have resolved your technical difficulties :) It is a joy to see your little Great Grand, and the wonderful photos around Lincoln Beach, one of my favorite places. I am so glad you are having a good summer. xx

Teresa Kasner said...

*C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!* on the new little one! Looks like you all had lots of fun. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a little doll! Congrats great-grandmother! She's a lucky little girl to be able to enjoy the beach with all the generations!!

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