August 2, 2009

happiness is a shelter in the storm

amazing weekend really. amazing. this weekend, for the first time in like forever my entire immediate family had a spend the night party at the lake. we cooked together, laughed together, dried baby tears, slept, and got caught in the rain. and i didn't take my camera. on purpose. that's right. on purpose.

and because i can't drink it in deep enough for find enough words to tell you about the love that fills my heart tonight:

:: baby curls, "come on", mockingbird, sleepy on the boat, sweet kisses
:: lioness hair, m&m thief, dolphin/mermaid swimmer, giggler, lollypop biter
:: intrepid boatrider, swimmer, brown as a berry, skittle eater, sleepyhead
:: the cusp of child and adult, tube rider, helper, hot wing eater, game player
:: nurturer, funny, cautious, cuddler, exotic-named, love you - mean it
:: strong, caretaker, PETE!!!, babytoter, boathand, driver, quiet man
:: baby bro, wrapped daddy, giver of airplane rides, captain, safety man
:: momma, sweetness and glamor girl entertwined, funny, champagne

all wrapped up in delish memories of hot wings and omelettes (not at the same time), boat rides, patio sitting and raining watching. there were a thousand shots i could have taken (and part of me wishes that i did) but i have them all snapped in my mind.

25 comments:

  1. Sometimes you just have to leave the camera behind:)... sounds just wonderful!

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  2. Sometimes the best shots are the one the heart takes...sounds like the weekend provided many great "photo opts" for the heart ;-))

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  3. i agree with amy - its amazing the detail you capture in your heart and store there for years to come.

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  4. Sounds like when of those moments where you step back and think. I sure hope heaven is like this!

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  5. lovely words creating lovely pictures, equal lovely memories...no camera needed.

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  6. Sometimes those "in the mind" shots are the best Char! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time.

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  7. I love this post. The way you described each person painted a picture in my brain...just as beautiful as a photograph.

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  8. I am SO not against eating hot wings and omelettes together. ; ) Your time sounds just heavenly, friend.

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  9. Char it sounds wonderful, memories in your mind. Sometimes you must find leaving your camera at home that you can enjoy more, you are so talented I am sure everyone would want you taking pictures.Have a great day.

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  10. sometimes i think we can enjoy a vacation more without the camera. with a camera we tend to get too wrapped up in capturing the best shot instead of just enjoying the moments and locking them in our mind. your words are visuals enough. glad you had a super time.

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  11. wonderful!!

    What is that saying from The Little Prince?... It is only with one's heart that one truly sees?

    Who needs a camera for stuff like this?!

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  12. Seen through the heart......!

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  13. Happiness is all over this post! Love it. A weekend spent near a lake with loved ones beats a night out anytime. Thanks for sharing your happiness, Char. That's always a good thing to read.

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  14. oh, your weekend sounds like it was just perfect!!!

    i am wishing for a boat ride right about now. and a barbeque, and all of the fun that you had!

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  15. Oh, I am so happy that you had these sweet, sweet moments with your family.

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  16. often the memories are more powerful than the paper they could have been printed on...

    and that way...they are all yours !

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  17. Oh this just sounds so perfect. I love when a day fills up our souls so completely (overflowing even).
    I think not taking your camera makes it extra special too. I find when I am behind the lense too much I miss out on the actual moment.

    Xoox my friend,
    a.

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  18. Beautiful Char...sometimes photos can not show the real beauty of moments like this.

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  19. Glad you had such a great time!! Those times are important.

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  20. Who needs a camera? Your words are enough.

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  21. i am still trying to understand the no camera part, that is the only way i get through family get togethers.

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  22. gasp! not taking the camera? that would be like, like, not being able to get online...arrgh! i don't think i can imagine it.

    tell the truth, did you wish you had it?

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i feel as if each comment was between us as we sat and sipped something warm....i love to hear what you're thinking.