Sunday, June 3, 2012

our kauai life: walk to the beach

I drafted this post before Baby Maximus got hurt. Read to the bottom to see why we are kind of a lot a bit sad, today.
We have to consciously make an effort to get out and do stuff.  If we don't, days and even weeks can pass, tans fade, and I start forgetting why we moved our whole family out here. On this day, after a long day of boring have-to's, we took a walk and ended up at one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to.  
Some cell phone photos to document the journey...

Maximus had it the easiest.  He kind of always does.
 The views were stunning at the end of the walk.  To the left...
 to the right...
 Time to relax.  Or try to relax while giant Baby Maximus uses me as a jungle gym.  But this may be my favorite view.
Or this one.  He does this thing where he cuddles for about 12 seconds and then he keeps using me as a jungle gym.  All while holding a fistful of rice crackers.  
This was a pretty good view, too.  Samuel brought a rope on the walk and in that couple of hours, that rope was 50 different things.  In this photo it is, uh, one of those things that attaches a pile of drift wood to a kid's ankle.   
Samuel climbing in the hiking backpack.  And he fit.  Karl picked him up and Maximus thought it was ridiculous.  

Karl is using his multitasking skills.  Here is walking, carrying a baby, leading Samuel (the rope is now a lead, he did this himself, by the way), and is on FB.  

Looking at these phone photo, looks like the boys in my family are all kinds of funny.  Taking a break from boring to-do's, beautiful walk, funny boys...
*Today as the doctor was explaining the timeline of Max's recovery, he mentioned no ocean for a year. No salt water, no sand, no sun. What?  Beach Baby Maximus with the sun bleach surfer hair and tan lines on his baby fat rolls?  The baby that has known the ocean for most of his life?  He used to take naps on the beach. He can see the ocean from his bedroom. Playgroup is at the beach. Here is the thing that is killing me... Seems like a TV is the modern day hearth of the home. It's where families gather. When we moved to Kauai we consciously did not get a TV and bought boogie boards, surf boards, an umbrella (that's where I spend most of my time :)), and sand toys instead. That's the time that we are together. At home, we all have a million things to get done. At the beach, we just be. I am mourning several things, and today, I am mourning the beach memories we won't have.

11 comments:

Dawn Peterson said...

Mourning is good, things will be different. A year of no beach seems like forever and I'm so sorry you are sad and frustrated. Just remember its all about perspective. Not just "be glad it wasn't worse" kind of perspective but an eternal perspective.

Abbigail said...

I agree with Dawn. Missing your family time on the beach is heartbreaking. The beach has been a beautiful bonding place for you all.
The beach will still be there when wounds have healed.

pamela said...

the beach is so beautiful!! what great family time. think of this - think how much last year flew by - perhaps this next one will fly by too, and hopefully these difficult times will be a very distant memory.

Nicole said...

I'm so sorry! Here's to hoping this will be a fast year, a quick recovery and being back at the beach before you know it. I can only imagine that all these changes must be so hard to adjust to. We continue to pray for Maximus and your family.

jamie parker said...

maybe he can wear protective clothing and still go to the beach....just maybe....maybe we all research it...tehe, I know the docs know best, but....

Kauai has big open arms for Maximus....it will find a way.

love you. Praying. xo

Barbara said...

I am so sorry at what you are going through. You love the beach so much. The most important thing is adorable Maximus. Just remember how much we love all of you. I wish I could do something to help. Hopefully I will see you soon. We are at John's and ending our fast in a few minutes.

Brady and Karen said...

You are allowed to be sad about this! I'm sure your family will find ways to have adventures together, but you are definitely allowed to mourn the beach!

Eric and Laura said...

I'm so sorry Christina. We can relate to desperately needing that family time. I hope you will be able to find another way to get it during this next year. We love you guys & fasted for Max today.

Dianne said...

I'm so sorry to hear this, Christina. I'm already thinking of the great party you can have on the day he can go back in the ocean. You'd come up with some fantastic ideas, and you have a whole year to plan it :) Hope all goes well with the surgery.

Adri Ballingham said...

Sorry to hear that you can't do the beach for a year. But... it's only a year and it will go by fast. But just think after that year you are so grateful that you have Maximus safe and here with you to make more memories at the beach. Hang in there... much love your way.

Christian Corner said...

Christina,
I just saw a poston Facebook about Maximus. I am so sorry! You will all be in our prayers. I'm glad you can be back together with your family in Utah. We love you all. Jenny, Brett and kids

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