When we were pregnant with Sophia (and Ross thought he had really wanted a boy) we were at La Jolla Shores and saw a dad coming out of the water with his little 3 year old girl (or so) in a wet suit. I saw them catch my big-softy-of-a-husband's eye, and I watched him get that face he gets when he's affected. Affected- Usually it's by something to do with honor, country, brotherhood, or children, his eyes water and he takes a deep breath in and sort of puffs out his chest, perhaps to compensate for the big softy he can't help but be from the neck up. I love it. Anyway, he did this when he saw the daddy/daughter, and ever since, I knew he was sincerely excited to have a girl. I also knew he was awaiting the day where he was that dad emerging from the awesome ocean with his little girl. So needless to say, it didn't hurt my feelings when throughout our "romantic weekend" I'm fairly certain he was counting down the hours to when he could take his little girl in the waves for the first time as a true toddler.
And this concludes the week in San Diego. Memorial Day, a gorgeous, sunny day (the pictures from before were from Sat. which were a little gray- don't be deceived, the next two were perfect- no sweatshirts Joe), we played like a family reunited after a couple of days apart. She played in the sand, went in the water with Ross and really couldn't get enough. She was fearless as always. She couldn't be stopped by the freezing cold water or the disintegrating, sand-filled, non-swim diaper containing her rear. She charged the waves and went a bit deeper than we expected, making her daddy look a bit silly for not taking his shirt off since he was chest deep and soaking wet by the end. We were so content to watch her explore and discover and react. And reminded why it's so wonderful to have children even though they make schedules, sleeping in, eating, driving, and generally most things in life... harder. And that should be the purpose of vacations right? To remember why it's all SOOOO worth it.
Luckily, still happy to be home.