Tuesday, May 15, 2012


We spent this past week celebrating.  We celebrated lives that were lost, 
we celebrated birthdays and we celebrated mothers.  
We celebrated life.

We spent the week camping at the beach where the sun only made an appearance about an hour a day. It was cold but that didn't stop us from playing.  To be honest, it took me a day and a half of being grumpy to realize we weren't leaving the beach to find warmer weather.  I had to adapt and seeing how happy the kids were kept me warm.

Wyatt has been loving surfing.  He woke up with a smile every morning ready to get back out in the water.  It's all he wanted to do all week.

The last day we were there the sun came out.  It was beautiful and it was also my birthday.  I went out in the water when Anthony told me I would regret not surfing.  I probably wouldn't have but I did it anyway.  Anthony towed me out on the board and pushed me when the wave came so all I had to do was stand up and ride the wave in.  I rode 3 waves and enjoyed every minute of it. {I didn't even get my hair wet}

That night after unpacking, laundry and cleaning, we went out to dinner for my birthday.  We ordered the dessert to go and came home to enjoy a slice of cheesecake.  {It was my 34th}

Mother's day started off with breakfast in bed {delicious} church, a BBQ with the in-laws and then dinner with my mom, grandma, sister and her family.

4 generations

My twin sister and I

We had a wonderful week together as a family.  After last week we know how precious life is.  It is short, and it is meant to be spent in joy, surrounded by love.  We did just that this week.


  1. Happy belated birthday and Mother's Day!! I have never tried surfing but have always wanted too even though it scares me a bit.

  2. Karen, first of all, before anything else... you are GORGEOUS!! Secondly, Happy Belated Birthday :)

    I can't imagine a better place to spend a birthday then camping at the beach. I miss it so much and I haven't surfed in years. I love that you went out there and at least got 3 waves in... that's awesome!!

    Your kids and your husband are adorable and the love between all of you just shines through each of your photos.

    I'm happy that you had a beautiful week with your family.

    PS. The next time I fly to SD to see my family we totally need to meet up!

  3. You have such a beautiful family! What a fun way to celebrate Mother's Day and your birthday!

  4. happy be-lated birthday!

    I am not a fan of cold...:)

  5. Camping on the beach sounds oh so incredible!!!!!!! :)
    So glad you got to go surfing - and way to go not even getting your hair wet - you rock mama!!!
    Happy Happy Happy (belated) BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You look beautiful!
    So glad you had a blessed Mother's Day!

  6. what a wonderful time celebrating your birthday and then mother's day!! wyatt certainly looks thrilled to be at the beach, that smile couldn't get any wider!

  7. So glad you went out on the surf board!

  8. Happy, Happy Birthday, Karen!! What beautiful and amazing memories.
    Surfing looks like such a blast...you go girl!
    Everyone looks like they are having so much fun...you are one blessed mama!
    Sending love and happy birthday wishes.

  9. Happy Birthday! So nice to see that you all had a great time. The picture of you & the other women in your family is precious. Thank goodness for a better week this week.

  10. Beautiful pictures Karen, I love the one of you and your daughter!
    Happy 34th Birthday, so glad you had a lovely day and a wonderful Mother's Day!

  11. happy birthday! it looks like you all had a fun week.

  12. Happy Birthday Karen! Looks like a fun week! These are beautiful pictures of your family! xo Good for you surfing!! You go girl!! Hope you enjoy the rest of your week! :)

  13. happy birthday!!
    gorgeous smiles...

  14. Aw what a lovely family you have, I love your little surfer dude there :)


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