The last days of summer

The beaches here in our new neck of the woods have been such a wonderful blessing for our family. Neither Rick nor I grew up near the beach, so being able to drive seven or so minutes to see the ocean is a real treat. However, one of our favourite beaches so far is Clareville Beach, which is about twenty-five minutes drive from our home.

It’s a small, cosy beach with shallow water and no waves. The beach itself backs onto a row of houses, which adds to the intimate and friendly feel of the beach. Angus and Pete can run, jump, splash and play to their hearts delight without us me worrying about their safety, and on a Friday which is when we usually go, it’s almost completely deserted. Which makes it feel like we have this beautiful beach all to ourselves. It’s as close to idyllic as a day out can get. In fact, I have been so won over that I recently bought my first swimsuit in six years!

One of the very best things about spending time together at Clareville Beach is that Rick and I actually get to relax. Yes, you heard me parents. Relax. We don’t have to worry about them getting lost, making noise, being run over by a car, being snatched away by a random stranger, falling off some play equipment from up high, or spilling drinks and food onto the ground. It is awesome. Last time we went, I even got to lie down on our beach towel at our spot in the shade for a full ten minutes while Rick had all the boys down by the water, each doing their own thing. You guys, I actually got to stare up at the sky and switch off. How often does that happen? (Never.)

As you can see, we’ve come a long way from our first family holiday with Angus (bottom left) on the South Coast when he steadfastly refused to let his feet touch the sand. It brings me so much joy to see how much he loves the beach now. Pete, our little tornado man (top right), rushes straight into the water as if he were made for splashing. He doesn’t even care when his face goes under. Methinks that swimming lessons are in order.

Our days off are just so precious, because it’s the one day when the boys get Rick’s complete, undivided attention. It’s the one day that Rick is not distracted with the never-ending list of things he needs to do for church. I just love seeing them hang out, have fun and be ‘boys’ together. I’m very blessed to have the family that I do.

All in all, we’re simply soaking up these last days of summer before the chilly season sets in.

Are you doing the same?

(p.s. I did some guest blogging over on Kristin’s lovely blog Bonbon Mini a couple of days ago. About the boys, no less. Read it here if you have a spare moment! And while you’re there, check out Kristin’s store Miniluu which is filled with beautiful, natural goodies for your little one.)

20 comments

rooth April 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

Your boys seem like they’re having so much fun and I’m glad you have been able to find a place where you don’t have to worry as much

PS – Really love your guest blog post and reading about Cameron. It really touches my heart. Big hugs to you Ronnie

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Pink Ronnie April 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Thanks Rooth, for reading and for your kind words. That means a lot.
Ronnie xo

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kristina April 4, 2012 at 12:48 pm

such a nice beach… i was also out enjoying the sunshine, who knows how long it will last before winter kicks in :) I already miss the warm days at the beach…

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Pink Ronnie April 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Which beach do you go to Kristina?
Ronnie xo

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Sewon April 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm

It looks like a lovely family getaway! Living in a city, I miss being around nature sometimes.

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Pink Ronnie April 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm

When we lived in the city for 2 years, we had to stay over at our parents’ every weekend to get our dose of suburbia and nature!
Ronnie xo

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jen @jenbe.me April 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm

aw a day at the beach sounds lovely! :) cant wait until i can find time to have my own beach day!

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Pink Ronnie April 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Hope you get time too. And thanks for visiting!
Ronnie xo

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vitaminA April 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm

love seeing photos of all of you! great way to spend the last few days of summer! (love your painted toes). also read your guest post. and as always, i enjoy reading more about you and your family. you guys are awesome :)

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Pink Ronnie April 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Thanks Amy, you always write the loveliest comments.
Ronnie xo

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Diane April 4, 2012 at 1:45 pm

what fun to read about your last days of summer, as we are soon to begin ours! thanks for sharing your wonderful family time and for visiting my blog!

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Pink Ronnie April 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Hope summer is great for you.
Ronnie xo

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fifth floor apartment April 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm

so many beautiful moments. this makes me crave the beach.

xo alison

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Pink Ronnie April 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Thanks for visiting Alison – so lovely to have you!
Ronnie xo

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kristina April 5, 2012 at 2:01 am

i love your collage of photos here ronnie and ahhh, loving and wishing that i was at a beach this nice right now! and i’d have to agree w. you that pedis are such a contributing factor of what makes summer fun ;)
xoxo,
k

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Pink Ronnie April 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Thanks Kristina!
Ronnie xo

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Johanna April 5, 2012 at 7:10 am

These photos are dreamy. I can’t wait for Summer to come on our side of the pond.

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Punctuation Mark April 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm

that looks like such a great trip… love the images!

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lamina @ do a bit April 6, 2012 at 10:30 pm

What bliss!!! How lovely to have your own beach for a while and not WORRY about stuff! So happy you get to switch off even if it only for a little bit :) We are also enjoying the last days of summer (not that there has been much of one) but it’s lovely at the moment hey! Enjoy while we have it :)

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Pink Ronnie April 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Yeah, hasn’t the weather been great this Easter weekend? I think I’ve been to the beach almost four times or something.
Ronnie xo

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