In Between Now And Then

8 Sep

I actually took advantage of it.

I didn’t have anything planned really, but I still took advantage.

Another stay-cation on the books for the Guats this Labor Day Weekend. A camping vacation would have been nice, but nevertheless I still found myself being grateful for the extra 24-hour period. Even though I didn’t have the “happening” plan I still found a way to find bring “cool” to our weekend. Cool and gratefulness. You see, the scenery and the peace I felt made up for the lack of traveling this three-day weekend. I figured a lot of people would probably be traveling to a get look at a place just like this …

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Appreciating the beach, the surfers and gaining peace at the same time. :)

Appreciating the beach, the surfers and gaining peace at the same time. 🙂

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And the miraculous thing?

I had plenty of personal space. Plenty. And you know how I feel about my personal space and those hijackers who always try to crowd me. This time, at this beach … it didn’t happen.

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Discovering personal space exists

Discovering personal space exists

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There were people but for some reason they didn’t wander all the way down to my little spot. They hung out by the tidal pools, which we discovered bright and early before anyone arrived. My kids enjoyed checking out this new beach and the anemones, crabby-crabs, and tiny fish that lived in its tidal pool waters.

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Exploring tide pools

Exploring tide pools

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I rediscovered that my California beaches can make up for nonexistent plans on a three-day weekend, on a free day, a free 24-hour period. You get to spend it anyway you want and instead of feeling bummed about staying in town, I just felt grateful that I had another school-free-don’t-have-to-pack-up-lunches-fight-school-traffic-and-snobby-PTA-moms-for-a-parking-spot kind of day. Labor Day was a beach day, filled with gratitude, boogie boards, sand toys, and plenty of Coppertone 45.

I felt myself being present in the moment, not worrying about the one that just passed, and not rushing to the next. I wasn’t worrying about the future of chicken dinner, or the picking up of Legos, or the fact that the purple Crayola crayon broke in half. I was just in between now and then, and that took place on the beach.

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5 Responses to “In Between Now And Then”

  1. Krystal September 9, 2015 at 11:32 PM #

    LOOOOOOOVE this! I can just feel the good vibes in these pictures. This reminds me that I, too have a beach right here where I am in Florida. Perhaps a little salty air and sand between my toes is in order for me as well. I prefer the night visits though where I can hang with the moon. 🙂 Glad you had a great staycation!

    • The Guat September 10, 2015 at 9:42 PM #

      Thanks! The beach definitely helps bring me back to center. Night time trips sound pretty great too. Definitely get out there, love those aqua marine waters of your coast 🙂

  2. susielindau September 10, 2015 at 6:29 AM #

    Those are gorgeous pictures! I would have loved to poke around tidal pools as a kid. Instead I searched for frogs and turtles at nearby lakes. I miss those days of sitting and watching kids. It was so relaxing.

    • The Guat September 10, 2015 at 9:44 PM #

      It was definitely a great day. They hadn’t discovered tidal pools and so this adventure was a pretty awesome one. Although my son would have loved the frogs and turtles 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and checking out my staycation 🙂

  3. Jackie Cangro September 14, 2015 at 6:40 PM #

    Staycation is great. No packing. No pat-downs by the TSA. No waiting in lines at attractions. You did it just right!

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