Thursday, May 20, 2010

Beach Bound

It's that time of year again. The time when our family heads to the beach for lovely rest and relaxation. I have a few simple beach traditions that I always look forward to:
  • going unplugged. No cell phone or computer. It is pure bliss! My mind and spirit get "uncluttered" every year when I take that techno-break and I always feel very renewed.
  • writing postcards. I love heading to the local beach shop and picking up a handful of postcards to send to faraway family and friends. Finding snippets of time throughout my beach days to pen a few greetings makes me happy.
  • visiting the beach used bookstore. I usually pick up a little something like beach-y picture books for the kids or bookmarks or a great coastal field guide.
  • peeking around Miss Minnie's Antique shop. I always find a few little gems...a pretty tablecloth, a homemaking book, an apron, or some vintage kitchen goods.
  • cooking a Lowcountry boil and eating it out on picnic tables covered in newspaper.
  • reading, reading, reading. I always begin with Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
  • sitting and contemplating while my kids romp in the sand and surf.
  • coffee on the front porch every morning with Mike.
I do believe this is the perfect vacation. Yes, it is.


Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

Sounds LOVELY! Enjoy your time!

Linda said...

It is certainly my idea of a perfect vacation. I have such a longing to see the ocean again.
Have a restful, peaceful time.

Clair said...

Sounds like a great time. I wish I still lived near the beach.

Joey Feltz said...

I started using one of those postcards and having everyone on the vacation sign a mini guestbook that I keep in my journal. It is fun to look back and remember the people and the place! I hope you have a wonderful week!! Sand in your toes and shells in your pocket!

Bethany said...

This sounds like heaven. I will have to impliment the "unplugged" vacations. I LOVE a good Lowcountry boil. We lived in the lowcountry for 7 years and it is a wonderful tradition that we will carry with us.

debbie bailey said...

I, too, read Gift From The Sea every year when I'm at the beach. I write where I was and the date inside the front cover and any thoughts gleaned from that year's reading. I love going back and re-reading my own thoughts before reading the book again. I get something different from it every year depending on what stage I'm in at the time. Her descriptions of the different stages of a woman's life are so accurate. One of my favorite books.

The Homesteading Apartment said...

It's so funny...growing up so close to the beach, I never really enjoyed it in the spring and summer. The fall and especially winter was my favorite time because it was quiet and peaceful. No crowds to speak of, just the rolling clap of waves as they crashed to the shore.

And the book "Gift from the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh is one of my absolute favorites! Hope you enjoy your restful time (: