Wednesday, April 29, 2009

sunset.

kelle's text read something like this...sunset at the beach, tonight at 6:15. bunch of us going!
soon, we are packing baskets, coolers, beach bags filled with sand toys, coordinating schedules! a naples sunset is like none other and we were not missing the oppurtunity to hang with the kids and our friends on the beach...we knew it would be lots of sand, lots of noise, lots of tracking our little ones, lots of work...but worth it, and what we truly value.
lots of us were snapping away...our camera's hanging securely around our necks trying to capture the perfect shots of our kids and 'family.'
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jeff brought the poles. the kids had fun fishing with daddy.
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beckham and lainey.
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we stayed until about 10. it was dark and only slightly illuminated by a private party of ten at the ritz carlton. someone in that group had hired a full buffet, a tented space finished off with a beautiful crystal chandelier, and a few spotlights shining directly on the shore...giving a girl and her daddy a place to perform for the guests that, unbeknownst to us, were watching. we walked away listening to their clapping.
of course, we went right back and let the kids dance and run in the lights...on the beach...way past bedtime! it was an extraordinary night.
i listened to my kids laugh and play.
peyton thanked us for letting her go to the beach at night.
"that was fun mommy! can we come again tomorrow?"
sometimes i forget how lucky we are to live where we do. i forget how lucky my kids are to have the beach in their 'backyard.' mostly we are lucky to have good friends that have become our family. friends whose babies we love dearly. that we don't forget.
xoxo

8 comments:

Kelle said...

THESE PICS ARE FANTASTIC!!! Aaahh! I can't decide which is my favorite! Love the ones of Jeff and Beckham fishing! The one of my dad curled up taking a picture...ha! Oh, these are precious!

trishakent23 said...

you rock heidi! those pics are awesome. love the fishing ones and love the ones of beckham & lainey!!! too cute. fun fun.

April said...

jeez, what's in the water down there? you, too, have some amazing photo talent! i am loving the fishing shots ...

April said...

oh, and the new header ... i love new headers!

amyc said...

Fantastic pictures...I really want to upgrade my camera but does it take forever to learn?

Anna Ruth said...

How did you get the pictures all boxed up like that? I love all
the pictures you took. Let me just say I LOVE the new header!!!!

Rayna said...

This was such a cool night to hang out with everyone, and that it was last minute was even better. Only21 more school days and I can't wait for more impromptu dates.

Heidi said...

u girls are makin' me feel so good!!! thank you:)

anna ruth-i use microsoft digital image suite to make the canvas
12x12 and then insert pics to make collage. eventually i will print them off into scrappy pages.

amy-i am constantly trying to learn bout my camera-so fun tho!!