Hello ocean. We meet again.
Hello ocean. We meet again.
My Little Bit made his grand entrance into this world 11 years ago today. Although I loved a lot of things before his arrival, seeing him for the very first time sparked an all encompassing sort of love.
There is nothing in this world like motherhood. Trust me, on this one. 5 years of infertility and loss, pretty much cemented in how truly amazing holding your own baby is. Since the day this kiddo was born, he has been loved beyond words and celebrated even on days not his birthday.
I have to pinch myself when I think about how the moments, hours, and days flash by. One minute a baby, blink, blink, blink, and the next, a kiddo reading chapter books and seeking a bit of independence.
Most of these 11 years have been spent seeing the world via maps, gravel roads, and highways. A good chunk of our memories so far, include cruising our local countryside, taking pictures, and savoring the views.
Just last night, on the last night of age 10, we drove around town looking at Christmas lights, then took the backroads home. On some ol’ bridge, we rolled down our windows in 20 degree weather, and were greeted with a zillion-ish stars.
In a few hours, we are heading south for our weeklong birthday “party.” The beach is, once again, calling our names.
We let Little Bit pick out where we’ll stay and he chose a beautiful condo with a pool, boardwalk, and a Gulf of Mexico view.
Talk about excited, this momma’s birthday wishes are coming true and thanks to my wonderful husband who was able to get a week off work in December, we are hitting the road.
It’s deer season in our neck of the woods. Normally around here that means stores have Christmas open houses so wives can shop while husbands hunt.
My husband loves the smell of fall, going to the cabin, and spending the days milling about the trees and hills. While he’s gone, Little Bit and get some play time.
To kick it off, we went to the Wonders of Wildlife Museum a few towns over.
What a glorious place! On the outside it just looks like an ordinary building. Inside, it’s where ocean meets land, and everything in between. Extraordinary is the only thought that comes to mind to describe it. It’s part aquarium, part history museum.
You wouldn’t believe all the animals are in there. We saw tropical fish, seahorses, beavers, alligators, an octopus, sharks, fresh water fish, owls, and more.
It is absolutely breathtaking and amazing. There are jellyfish, sea rays, and grouper 4 feet long. We learned that iguana eat bananas. We had so much fun.
Day turned to evening and after we stopped and ate supper, we went home to play our new Shark Monopoly game we got at the gift shop.
What an awesome day. I am so thankful for the memories we made and the simple reminder that life really is filled with wonder.
Last Thursday, with frost pending the next morning, Little Bit and I decided to spend the last warm day taking a drive.
Our beloved gravel road welcomed us and for some reason, it seemed a little more expansive than usual.
As soon as we got to the river, I parked and got out to take some pictures. The scene was stunning. The blue of the sky and the leaves floating by, nearly took my breath.
However, the real surprise came when I decided to video the wind’s soothing song. That’s when something glided into my view. It took a second for it to register what I was seeing:
Wow! Talk about a treat! I almost fell over when I realized that it truly was an eagle.
(If you zoom into the video a little bit, you can see him come in from the top left, head towards the middle of the water, then come up and land in a tree, downstream on the left.)
Saturday night at the woods cabin I walked down to a spot we call the point. There’s a clearing in the trees and a view that never ends.
Little Bit and my husband were busy, so I ventured down there alone. Oh my, was I in for a treat! Not only was it beautifully serene, there was a bank of clouds just over the hills, which gifted me with a double sunset.