Friday, July 6, 2012


This past Sunday, we were ready for the 4th of July. The girls were dressed in their best red, white and blue English poppy dresses. Thank you Miss Kay!

On Tuesday, we took an impromptu trip to our favorite beach, followed by dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant. I love that our life has so much spontaneity, as well as so much routine. I love that we have the jobs that we do, and that we can spend family time together.

Bryan added a painting pole to Grady's net so that he could try to catch fish. You would have thought it was made out of gold. He would not put it down. He didn't catch anything all day, but oh, how he tried. He ran back and forth, darting around like a fish.

Soon after we got there, a pod of at least 6 dolphins showed up. Bryan took the girls out to see them. I said "Grady, look at the dolphins! Let's go see them!". "My net's not big enough for a dolphin, mama" he replied, and continued to fish.

After the dolphin encounter, two manatees came. They were so close, people were trying to touch them. The dark shadow in the picture below is one of them, in a wave.

Bella "surfed", Lilly tried to surf, and Grady would not even think about putting the net down long enough to ride a wave.

I've been thinking a lot lately about priorities. For me, a priority is something that I actually DO. It's an action. It's not enough to say that being healthy is a priority if I'm not exercising. It's not enough to say keeping house is a priority, when the laundry baskets are overflowing, and something is splattered in the microwave. And while I may want those things to be a priority, if I am honest with myself (and look in the microwave), I will say that right now, they are not.

On the flip side, I can say, that my family is a priority. I make the time to be present with them. We play, and talk, and go and laugh, and live, present in each others lives. And how I want my children to grow up knowing that they were important to me. They are more important than a shiny new car, a smart phone, nice vacations, and so many other things I could spend my life working to afford, only to find myself missing out on the day to day with them.

My priorities are my choice. And I hope that I always choose people over things, relationships over responsibilities (within reason, of course), and things that have eternal significance over the fleeting.