Today we unintentionally spent the entire first half of the day by the pool and it was so nice! The weather was perfect, so perfect that a little relaxing in the sun turned into both kids splashing and swimming in the pool. We don’t have a pool heater so the water is a bit chilly but it didn’t bother them a bit!
Our son, age 5 is quite the swimmer and would stay in all day if he could. Our daughter just turned 2 in December but also shares a love for the water and showed now fear hopping in and swimming to me! They tossed the beach ball around, splashed, jumped and giggled for a solid couple of hours.
Sometimes we need these kinds of days, where you just play it by ear with no plans, no hustling around, cleaning out on hold and just soaking up the sunshine! The kids had such a great time and I look forward to many more weekends spent in and by the pool as the weather (and the pool water) keeps getting warmer! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! Cheers to a new week ahead!
Can this be real? I used to ask myself that all the time, it’s been a solid three years since we made our new home state Florida and being from New England we didn’t have views like this looking out our windows. While we had a big backyard and sometimes saw deer and other wildlife back there it wasn’t what I always dreamt of.. it was this.
I used to dream of what it would be like to wake up to the warmth and beauty of sunshine every morning and how different our lives would be if we had a house on the water like we had talked about but I remember everyone always telling us “it’ll never happen”, “you guys are never moving” and all the “ya rights” .. for a small timeframe I sorta convinced myself that they may be right. Nonetheless I always kept that want in my back pocket.
Sure enough in January 2015 we made the journey to Florida to our new home! It was surreal, and to this day even working full time each day when I wake up and look out at the water or I cross the bridges to and from work looking out over the boat traffic it feels like I’m on vacation. I say this because that’s what makes me know it’s right. I may be a New England girl but I love the southern Florida world. The combination of salty air, daily sunshine, the beach at our fingertips and all the fun things this area has to offer us is good for my soul.
Do we miss our family and friends back north, of course but it makes visits that much more special and in exchange we have met some wonderful people here.
We have seen some of the most beautiful sunsets, caught our dinner in our backyard, enjoyed boating in the Gulf of Mexico, playing at the beach and I especially love the fresh blooms and fruit trees that grow year round. There’s always an adventure waiting. Some of the many reasons this feels like our own paradise.
So I say this, if you don’t wake up every morning and feel like you live in your Paradise, don’t let go of your dream for something better because it CAN happen! Do what makes you happy, wherever that is.
I’d love to hear where “Paradise” is for you!