Thursday, July 25, 2013

family: a bike ride, a temple and a lot of driving

This summer I have been combatting a hole in my heart.  It’s a little hole of worry about missing a child and how we have such limited time together before Max starts the trend of graduating from high school and things change.

I don’t like to think about it, because oh how I love to have us all under one roof.  I worry that little hole in my heart that hurts a little when Max has been gone working and playing volleyball this summer will painfully gape open when he graduates in less than two years.

TWO years!

A little thing I’ve noticed: two years is not a long time when it comes to growing children.

So as much as we adore all those great families we get to spend time with in California, sometimes Dave and I get greedy for a little solitude family time.

We stayed a day after everyone else left.2013-07-06 Coronado 80831[3]

We hung on the beach.2013-07-06 iPhone 82857

Max carried Claire around since it was the least he could do after breaking her toe.2013-07-06 iPhone 82851

We borrowed bikes from some very sweet friends who live in Coronado in the summer and rode across to the other side of the island.2013-07-06 iPhone 82860

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It was such a gorgeous, picturesque ride.2013-07-06 iPhone 82861

Lu doesn’t look too sure about that but luckily she had Rainbow Dash to keep her company.

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Our view as we waited for dinner:2013-07-06 Coronado 80841
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Lu listened to the ocean in the shells for sale.2013-07-06 Coronado 808392013-07-06 Coronado 80850

We had a ginormous pizza for dinner and then watched fireworks from across the bay.2013-07-06 Coronado 80893

And then we rode home, tired and happy.2013-07-06 Coronado 80918

The next day we visited the San Diego temple.2013-07-07 Coronado 80928

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There’s this quote that I love:  “If you let your children touch the temple it will touch them.”  2013-07-07 Coronado 80923

Love that.2013-07-07 Coronado 80937

We met up with an awesome family visiting from Norway.  Lucy made quick friends with their Lucy.2013-07-07 Coronado 80940

Such a neat family.2013-07-07 Coronado 80950

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We headed up to check out Newport area since we don’t generally venture out much from our normal stomping grounds in California.2013-07-07 iPhone 82900

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Then we started the long trek up to the Lake.2013-07-07 iPhone 82910

We dropped Dave and Max off at the airport in Vegas on the way so they could get back to work.2013-07-07 iPhone 82913

See what I mean about missing Max already? 

..and Dave too for that matter.

I don’t like that hole in my heart one bit.

Luckily I had the lake and all my family to mend it up for a few days until our boys came back up.2013-07-10 reunion 81759


  1. I love that you went to Newport/Huntington. Miss you!!!

  2. For sure, treasure up the next two years. We're taking our oldest son to the MTC in 6 days, and those last two years went soo fast!

  3. looked like fun! Did max dye his hair?

  4. You guys always dress so well! I hate to be that person but I'm dying to know where you got your white and grey diamond tee!

  5. I love that you went to TK Burger! My husband used to work with a kid whose family owned it. That's our absolute favorite!! I make everyone I know go there while visiting SoCal.

  6. Watching kids grow up is the definition if bittersweet!

  7. I stumbled across your blog and loved the quote about the you know who said it?

  8. So glad you got a skinny minute to be with your own family! Those days are hard to find!

  9. The San Diego Temple is so beautiful! I love that quote so much!


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