Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sunset Saturday

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These past few weeks have been a rollercoaster. Up, down, up, down. One of the big reasons we moved was to be closer to the beach, and so we've been taking every opportunity we can get to go watch the sunset. Sometimes we marvel..."where IS everyone?" The beaches are empty at sunset, and you would think that with millions of people here in Los Angeles, the beaches would be packed.

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Our days have been so busy, sun up to sun down, that I haven't really had time to blog. Once I get Ginger to bed (she goes to bed a few hours after Paprika), I am ready to fall asleep hard.

Ginger will be 9 months old this upcoming week. She is growing and changing so much. I love her with my whole heart and every day that goes by, I am completely thankful for the gift that she is- the gift that both Paprika and Ginger are.

Ginger still doesn't have any teeth, by the way. Paprika had at least three by this age, and Ginger is taking her time. I don't mind it one bit. She's now been "outside" almost as long as she was inside me. Every day I fall more in love with her, and she amazes me. I could go on and on, of course.

Ginger and Paprika are the gifts of a lifetime, and each day I strive to be worthy of being their mom. It's a big job to fill - they deserve the moon and more (as every child does). I do my best to make their lives happy and full of magic. The desires of a three year old and an eight month old are pretty simple, thankfully, and so magic is easy to come by at this age. I know it won't always be so easy. ;-) But for now, we enjoy the sunsets together, and spend our days enjoying simple stuff. Moments like these are the greatest part of life- at least the greatest part of my life...

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14 comments:

Brookeanne said...

Stunning!

MY LIFE WITH BOYS! said...

Beautiful shots! Love the last one!!

noswimmers said...

So jealous! I'm looking out my window to half-melted snow, leafless trees, and lots of doggie doo-doo. ;)

And BTW, you are one amazing mom.

Lauren said...

Love the sunset pictures!

Amee said...

SO pretty - the sunset and you!!

Lost in Space said...

You are most definitely one amazing mom, Erika, and your interactions with Paprika and Ginger are beautiful. I enjoyed spending time with you all and can only hope one day to be half the mom you are...

Sophie said...

Are those picture taken with your Luminex? I'm thinking of getting this camera Thursday for my birthday.

FourJedis said...

Such a beautiful post, E. You're an amazing mother. While you are lucky to have your girls, they are just as lucky to be blessed with you as their mom.

Brenna said...

Oh, I'm just in awe of those photos! Absolutely amazing. I'm shocked there aren't more people there soaking it all in--but how incredible for you all, to be right there in the midst of it. Your girls are so beautiful, and you're such a beautiful mommy.

Granny said...

You know what is important in life and live your life fully.
Teaching your children to appreciate and enjoy the beauty and simplicity of things around them, to love people not things is more precious than gold.
You and Mr.Mustard are wonderful examples to your girls and everyone else. I love that ya'll let them be who they are at their own pace. Enjoy this magical time in YOUR life.

Jackson and Charlies' Granny said...

I also wanted to say how wonderful the pictures are.
Why not make sunsets on the beach
Ginger and Paprika time.
When my daughter was in high school it was an hours drive each way sunrise to sunset. What glorious sunrises and sunsets we shared.
She is 34 and a mom herself. It never fails to draw us back to that special time when we are lucky enough to share a sunset now.
It's funny the things that are memorable to your children.
I'm so glad that time we shared is still precious to her now.

Erika said...

thanks girls- you all make me feel good!

sophie- yes, these were taken with my lumix. i think you'll really like the camera. happy birthday!

Lorie said...

I would be right there at the beach at sunset if I were so close, as well. How wonderful that you are now closer to the shore.

Lauren said...

Soaking in those moments, that's what living really is, I think. Those moments make up our lives. So glad you're enjoying them. SO JEALOUS that you now live so close to the beach!!! Again, when can I come visit?!?! xo