I miss the beach already. For some reason, I am always able to think more clearly at the beach. Sitting in my chair, feet in the water, waves crashing against the shore...things just seems to come together in my mind. I feel free. I feel empowered. I feel calm. This trip really gave me a chance to think a lot about what I want in my life. What I will accept, and what I will not. What I still want to do, and what I don't care to waste my time on. While sitting quietly thinking to myself, Daisy remarked "oh my! look how huge that ship is!" And so I looked. And although I don't believe in "signs" anymore, please do notice what it said:
I came back from Italy knowing that I wanted to conquer the world. I felt alive for the first time in a long time. I think I need some of that energy and passion back in my life. Perhaps another trip to Italy is in order? Hmmm....
There was a huge cookout with friends at the home where Daisy and I stay when we go to the beach. We each decided to make something for the cookout. Daisy immediately decided that she was gong to make "Not Yo' Mamma's Banana Pudding". The recipe is Paula Deen's, so you can imagine how tasty it was!!
I decided that I wanted to make red/white/blue cupcakes. Daisy squinted her eyes at me and said "umm..really?". And I couldn't help it. I wanted cupcakes. Because they have now become a part of my Fourth of July tradition. And they mean something to me. And so, I made them:
(Phoenix's mom and I making cupcakes)
(the finished product..i know...not very pretty...)
With all of the treats made we headed off to the beach!!
The weekend kindove ended up running together. Lots of laughter. Lots of sunshine. Lots of happiness. Here is what I captured of it on film:
(jackson...who does have all 4 legs, even though it doesn't look like it!)