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This day! .

There is no way to really describe today and do it justice, it was just an ordinary Sunday that somehow turned magical.  Even as I crawled into bed, exhausted from our sun-soaked afternoon, I couldn't stop smiling ... nor could I stop replaying the events from our beach day in my head, my heart is so full!  So up I got, and here I am ... blogging at 11:00pm (who knew this mom could stay up past 10:00?!)

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Spring has sprung in the Bennett household, which means the WWU Mens Golf season is in full swing (pun intended) and Daddy spends many weekends in planes, trains (ok not really), and automobiles traveling to golf tournaments as the Mens Golf Coach.  Quite honestly, the golf season is bitter sweet for me - I love that my husband gets to do something that he loves, and watching him pour so much of himself into his alma mater, team, and next generation of young men is inspiring.  The tough part for me is not that I'm going it alone in the parenting world, don't get me wrong, it can be challenging (insert MAJOR props for single parents here, you all are truly amazing) instead my struggle stems from the fact that he might miss something fabulous like first steps (no worries, Deacon is already toddling around) or first swear word (yep, he was there for that too ... thankfully?).  It is for this reason that I LOVE technology - phones, cameras, FaceTime, Facebook, Instagram ... I think I hear the angels singing.  When Daddy is gone, technology and I team up to make sure he feels like he isn't missing anything, even the occasional 3 year old tantrum ;)

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When the forecast was calling for another glorious day, I packed up the kiddos, grabbed my camera (to document our day for Daddy), and hit the road ... destination: family beach cabin in Anacortes.  I think I will save 'the cabin' for a later post, but suffice it to say - it is a little slice of beachfront heaven that Luke's grandparents purchased decades ago.  Often it is filled to the brim with aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends - but today, it was all ours!

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We headed straight down to the beach, and it took approximately 4.3 seconds for Farah to dive into the sand.  Running it through her fingers, burying her feet, and even making a sand angel or two (check out the photographic proof on Instagram here) she was in paradise.  Deacon was equally as excited, and all attempts of keeping him content on a blanket quickly proved futile ... he may have eaten more sand than the resident seagulls throughout the day ;)

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And then it happened.  Sometime between stealing a few pictures with both kids (thanks to my handy dandy wireless remote control) and skipping rocks into the low tide waters, I stopped to drink it all in.  Farah was spinning around arms extended, head tipped towards the sky and Deacon was inspecting a seashell, his little clothes caked with sand.  My heart swelled and I choked back big, happy tears.  This seemingly ordinary moment was in fact nothing short of extraordinary ... it was magical.

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I am so blessed ... I have so much to be thankful for! And today my partnership with technology while Luke is gone is pretty high on that list.  Not only do I get to keep these moments in my heart for a lifetime, but Luke does too (and you as well) through these images ... Enjoy :)

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xo, Jessie

Jessie Bennett Phootography

 

 

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