A Family Beach Day, A Day in Photos

A family beach day is so cleansing to the soul. Sometimes, words aren’t necessary when the photos tell their own story. This is one of those occasions, and I’ll enjoy this photo journal for years to come! Random thoughts from a mom after a day at the beach.

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Sometimes, just letting them enjoy each other’s space is enough.

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And most of the time, just letting them be them…well, it’s enjoyable for both of you. I dig his style!

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Bubbles! What’s a beach day without bubbles? What’s any good day without bubbles, actually?

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A day without bubbles is like a day without a beach ninja. I mean, it’s not even really a day, is it?

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The only sad part of the day is when you look through the lens and realize they might be growing up too fast. It all goes by too fast. Until…

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You realize that one of them is looking back at you, from inside of a sand hole, enjoying life like only a small child can, and you realize that there are still many years of joy, and frustration, to come. Be still my heart!

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And then there’s this. THIS is the beginning of a memory in the making, with a man that you adore making memories with.

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It ended way worse than this, of course, but I was too busy unburying my baby (face and all) to get a photo. Sometimes, like this time, it’s not OK to just sit back and be the spectator…because…buried alive?!?!

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And just when you realize you’re absent from your own online album, all of your family photos, you see that you were there all along. In their reflection. Capturing every moment. While they looked adoringly at you, and you realize you’re doing exactly what you were meant to do all along. Take care of them, love them, enjoy the moment, and capture the memories in their reflection while they reflect on the love that you give them.

In the end, that’s all that matters. The memories, their love, capturing their beauty. When you realize you’re doing what you love…while you’re watching the ones you love the most…enjoy themselves? That’s when you know you’ve made it. That’s when you know your life, your world is complete. That’s the moment you realize you’re living the life you intended, the life you’ve always wanted to live. That’s when you know love.

I know all of these things, and I’m glad my camera reminds me daily. I’ve made it. I’m happy to be in their reflections. I’m just happy. Not everyone achieves that level of success in life. I’m content that I’ve found my success from within my own little world.

Are you?

Dream a Little Dream with Disney’s Teen Beach 2

Enjoy wholesome family fun while sparking your child’s imagination with a family movie night watching Disney’s Teen Beach 2. We received a complimentary copy of the DVD, now available at retailers everywhere, from Click Communications to facilitate this post, but all opinions are entirely my own.

Dream a Little Dream with Disney's Teen Beach 2

Family movie night can be a pretty big deal around here. We take the time to select a movie everyone will enjoy, whip up themed food and drinks, or just pop some popcorn, then we sit down on the couch huddled together as a family and watch our new movie of choice. Kind of makes a mom’s heart happy so I try to encourage one every single week. This past weekend we had a lot to celebrate and one of those celebrations included watching the newly released DVD of Disney’s Teen Beach 2. Bug loved the first one and she watches it absolutely every time it comes on TV so she was especially thrilled when she found out this was the movie of choice this weekend. As for the rest of the family, anything with the word “beach” in it is alright in our books. As an added bonus, when you purchase the DVD at your local retailer, your Teen Beach fan will receive a free Lela’s Friendship Necklace inside the movie box to help transport them into the dream world that is Teen Beach (which in my opinion, is a better time and place).

Disney's Teen Beach 2 available on DVD on 6/2615

Dive in and rock out with the hottest surf sequel under the sun! Now that summer’s over and school has begun, Brady and Mack’s relationship seems headed for a wipeout – until Lela, Tanner, and the “Wet Side Story” kids show up! Dazzled by the novelty and variety of the modern world, Lela wants to stay, but the real world and the “real” world just don’t mix. Can Mack and Brady find the magic to get the kids home and get their own romance back on track before it’s too late? Packed with electrifying song and dance numbers, and hilarious fish-out-of-water wackiness, Teen Beach 2 is “wow-abunga” fun for everyone!

  Teen Beach 2 Family Movie Night

There’s something for everyone to love. Song, dance, humor, and a whole lot of wholesome fun. There’s not even a need to go all out for this movie for your next family movie night. Just pop some popcorn, cuddle up, and get ready to be transported to a world full of song and dance. If you haven’t already, head out to your favorite local retailer and pick up a copy of this fun DVD. You won’t be disappointed. On the Bug and Christy scale, the sequel of Teen Beach 2 is even better than the original. That doesn’t happen often for us.

So, inquiring minds want to know, have you seen Teen Beach 2 yet? If not, what are you waiting for? It’s a whole lot of family fun that you’ll want to watch over and over again!

Galveston Pearl Diver Highball

Galveston Pearl Diver #highball #SummerCocktail

About a year ago, we sat down to watch Django for the first time and I, in particular, loved the movie. It was a great story with just enough violence to keep me entertained, and enough humor to make us laugh. If you haven’t seen the movie with Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, you really should. Not great if you have the kids around, but it’s a really good movie which brings me to my point. At some point in the movie, Jamie Foxx sat down to have a highball and I didn’t even know what that was at the time, but apparently a highball is just a term that means a family of mixed drinks that are composed of an alcoholic base spirit and a larger proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer. Anyway, the highball he was drinking was called a Polynesian Pearl Diver and it looked really good. I found the original recipe (although there are many versions of this drink if you Google it) and tweaked it here and there to suit my personal tastes. It’s a real favorite around here and everyone that comes to visit always requests at least one (usually more). This melon liqueur, Triple Sec, and rum combo is the perfect cocktail to serve at parties or just to enjoy as a refreshing cocktail to wind down your busy work week.

Galveston Pearl Diver Ingredients #SummerCocktails

Gather all of your ingredients. It doesn’t take much to make this drink at all. Some white rum, Triple Sec, Midori, a shaker, shot glass, and your favorite highball glass are all you need.

Galveston Pearl Diver #SummerCocktail #rum

Add 2 ounces white rum to your shaker.

Galveston Pearl Diver Highball

Then 2 ounces Triple Sec.

Galveston Pearl Diver #SummerCocktail
Then top your shaker off with 2.5 ounces Midori Melon Liqueur. And Shake!

Galveston Pearl Diver #SummerCocktail
Pour your drink over ice in your favorite highball glass, garnish with a lime wedge or slice, and enjoy your new favorite highball. Seriously, once you try this, it’s sure to become your new favorite summertime cocktail.

Galveston Pearl Diver Highball
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Recipe type: Cocktail
 
Ingredients
  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 2 oz Triple Sec
  • 2.5 oz Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 1 cup Ice
  • Lime for garnish *optional*
Instructions
  1. In a shaker, pour 2 ounces White Rum.
  2. Add 2 ounces Triple Sec.
  3. Add 2.5 ounces Midori Melon Liqueur.
  4. Shake thoroughly to mix.
  5. Pour cocktail mixture over ice in a highball glass.
  6. Garnish with lime for a better presentation and an extra refreshing twist to the drink.

This is a drink that can be served year round, but it’s especially satisfying during the warmer months. My version of the Pearl Diver has even made its way into some of the local venues once the staff tried it themselves. It’s that good! What’s your favorite warm weather cocktail recipe? We’d love to try it!