We had agreed to sleep in and have a slow morning, so when I got a text from a friend asking if we wanted to hang out at the lake while I was in the middle of making french toast for breakfast, I almost said no. In fact... I tried to say no. They wouldn't let me...
So we ate our breakfast and the kids, pretty determined to not have ANY fun (or go in the water), begrudgingly put on their bathing suits (okay, I dressed the Nugget because let's be real.. she wasn't doing that on her own...) We threw the essentials in the beach bag and grabbed some snacks and headed out.
After meeting up with our friends and sitting on our pile of blankets and towels for a few minutes, the minis decided that they were, in fact, ready to have some fun (and get in the water... shhhh... don't tell anyone... it's supposed to be a secret!)
And in the middle of all of the splashing and swimming and sand castle building there was this moment, and I actually had my phone out to capture it (which I'm not always good at).
I love getting lost in moments like this. Kids doing exactly what they were meant to be doing... having fun. Making sand castles. Burying your sister's legs. Splashing your friends. Riding your driftwood boat out in to the water. No worries, just absolute adolescence. Innocent, care-free play time out in the sun and water.
And afterward, those minis were happy that they had begrudgingly put on their bathing suits and let me drag them out on our lazy Sunday to play with friends. Because they might not realize it yet, but these moments will be what they remember. These moments are what make up our lives.
These moments are what create us; shape us in to the little (or not so little) humans that we are.
These moments are where my heart is, and will always be.
These moments are my favorite.