Rest (Five Minute Friday)

This week I’m joining the Five Minute Friday community, writing five minutes flat on the word rest.


Often times “rest” means staying in. But tonight? Tonight taking a rest meant going to our favorite spot on the coast, where the kids can explore and not get sandy and we can just…breathe.


The evening couldn’t be more beautiful. Everyone “summer time” happy (which is, in fact, a special kind of happy). A stranger let the kids play with her dog and it was the sweetest thing to watch them play. We miss our Bella dog, who passed away in February…

Then she offered to take a family picture for us, which is so rare. I’m so glad she asked.


Tomorrow we start a busy weekend, followed by a full week. But tonight we just took a moment to breath and be together and rest.


Want (Five Minute Friday)

After quite a long break I am back to writing again in a new space! I decided to start nice and easy with a Five Minute Friday prompt. The Five Minute Friday community writes for five minutes flat on a one word prompt shared by Kate Motaung on her blog. No heavy editing – just letting the words flow for a few minutes!

This weeks word: Want


It seemed like a good idea at first. Why wait for the first day of summer when there could be ripe juicy strawberries waiting to be picked and eaten now? We could still carry out our summer solstice tradition ! Why limit ourselves? Let’s do it!

It sounded like a good idea.

An hour and a half later we had all the kids (mostly) dressed in the car (this is what spontaneous looks like to a family with four kids under 7 years old).

After a few stops along the way, we finally made it to our favorite berry farm. We usually come here for blueberries, but they were the only place that said they were open for PYO strawberries, so we decided to check it out.

The good news is we had the whole place to ourselves! The bad news was…




Did that stop us? No.

But the hungry crying baby did keep me from leaving the van while I sent The Chef and our two oldest out to gather some berries…because I am nice like that.

They came back soaked and empty handed. The berries were all white. And they were soaked to the bones. Suddenly hot chocolate seemed like a better idea…