We Are Golden!
We took Ellis to the ocean this last week where the water rhythmically danced back in forth in most spectacular blue we had ever seen. Brian & I both spent our childhoods in California, and coming to the coast always feels a bit like coming home. This time around we went to Laguna Beach, which was a bit crowded, but still comfortable. I so loved watching Ellis react as his toes touched the sand for the first time, he truly is such a curious little boy and his wonderment brings a whole new sphere of magic into my life. Simple joys have become the sweetest and our contentment grows as does our love for being parents. We had lots of people tell us that once we started a family and had our little Ellis it would be difficult to travel and we would have to close that chapter of our lives until our kids were older, and you know what, it doesn't make sense to let the doubts of others chart the course you want to take. I didn't understand why having children had to be the reason for giving up travel. But then teething happened and Ellis' two new little pearly whites were the cause of lots of late nights and bewilderment with how to get this baby to sleep. Up until the day we left I kept questioning if it would just be better to stay home.
Well...we went, and it was so much smoother than I was anticipating, but I also learned a lot too. My belief that you should travel with your little ones was rekindled, because even though at times you may feel like they are too small to remember, these experiences they are having are the beginning of who they are becoming as a person. I can tell that even at four months old my little one craves to learn, to see, and to be actively participating in life. Traveling doesn't have to be hard, it just requires some adjustments -- I'll be writing more on that later. Needless to say Ellis loved California just as much as we did, it really did feel like coming home.
Laguna Beach was pure heaven at sunset and snuggling my boy beside the ocean was the perfect end to a wonderful Sunday.