Paddle Boarding

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca

meg wallace |paddleboarding with the family | pirate coast paddle boarding |southern ca


Another summer weekend of play is in the books.

This past Saturday we took everyone to a place called Pirate Coast Paddle Company in the Newport Beach area (insert shameless plug: I highly recommend this place if you’re in SoCal BTW!!!). We picked out a spot in the shade, let the kids roam around searching for crabs and all sorts of sea critters, had a picnic, took a ride out on the paddle boards and then swam in the bay til the sun went down.

Crew sat on the “motorcycle” as he likes to call it, which is basically a specially made wooden seat that little toddlers can ride on (thank you SO much Tim L. for coming up with this little bit of amazingness).

This little “motorcycle” is absolutely genius with it’s rubber footed feet that keep it from sliding off and it’s perfect for people/families who love to paddle board but have little kids who want to go too. Crew is only three and he sat on that seat happily enjoying the view for 2 whole hours and STILL didn’t want to get off!

The older kids took turns riding in the floaty boat that was tied to the back of the other paddle board. And Kate just swam back and forth between the paddle boards as she wished. 🙂

Such a fun weekend.

I’ve got to be honest, though, that I could simply end this post here…but it wouldn’t be the full story. I don’t think it would be right to only give the impression that our family days have always worked so well. To leave it there without being more open and vulnerable would leave a gap and give a false perception of reality.

Saturday’s haven’t always been so good.

In the past we have unintentionally let days like this slip away.

Lack of preparation, preoccupation with other things, and lack of organizing had often led to us miss out on time together as a family, and if we aren’t very careful, still does. 

I’ve now learned that there’s nothing wrong with planning ahead, that it doesn’t in any way take away from the fun and excitement, and that organizing actually fuels this kind of unplugged, organic day. I will always love the surprise, the spontaneous, spur of the moment, last minute way of life because there is something that feels “real”, more raw and very exciting to me, but I’ve also learned that we miss out on a lot living only that way.

Besides my camera we intentionally have been leaving technology at home or in the car for these summer family adventures. No, I am not as connected with social media, or friends, or extended family.  There are times I have no idea what’s going on in the news, and days upon days I don’t even look at this blog of mine….but the connection with the kids and with Matt, being present and living in the moment is more than worth it.

I love getting to see their little faces light up with the critters they just caught and listen to their conversations as we explore together. I love watching their curiosity come alive, and I even enjoy staring at their Dorito-cheese-filled teeth as they tell me a story during lunchtime.

These days are short. I’m seeing more and more how fast they fly by.

Sweet mom friends, if you’re reading this and your kids are awake, please log off! 🙂 Don’t miss another second with your littles! Build a fort, go grab an ice cream cone, make some cookies, read a story, take a walk…and have a great day today!


Swimsuit: Old Navy (sold out online but is possibly still in stores) // Green Wrap/Scarf: cannot for the life of me remember where I got it.

 

A Weekend Unplugged |Athleta Swimsuit

 

meg wallace | athleta | lagoon

meg wallace | athleta | lagoon

meg wallace | athleta | lagoon

meg wallace | athleta | lagoon

meg wallace | lagoon | a weekend unplugged | altheta swim

meg wallace | lagoon | a weekend unplugged | altheta swim

meg wallace | athleta | lagoon

meg wallace | athleta | lagoon

meg wallace | athleta | lagoon

meg wallace | athleta | lagoon

meg wallace | athleta | lagoon

meg wallace | lagoon | a weekend unplugged

meg wallace | lagoon | a weekend unplugged

meg wallace | lagoon | a weekend unplugged

meg wallace | lagoon | a weekend unplugged

meg wallace | lagoon | a weekend unplugged

meg wallace | lagoon | a weekend unplugged

meg wallace | lagoon | a weekend unplugged | altheta swim

meg wallace | lagoon | a weekend unplugged | altheta swim


This past weekend we decided to leave our phones at home and simply be together as a family. I was really surprised at how often I thought about my phone and how many times I caught myself thinking about checking something, or looking something up.

I don’t believe in any way that technology should be abandoned or that it is evil in and of itself, but I do believe that I sometimes give it a place in my life that it shouldn’t have.

When I allow good things to become consuming things they become bad things.

Once I got through the initial separation detox from our devices I absolutely loved getting to play! We played tag, went down some slides, ate lunch, built a sand man and we weren’t worried about the time at all.

Matt and I used to play frisbee in the park by our tiny apartment when we were first married. I couldn’t throw one worth a lick, but he patiently and persistently taught me. Every chance we got we would go out a throw together….and it’s still one of our absolute favorite things to do together. It blows my mind that we can be doing the same activity but now with five little persons running between our throws. I never would have imagined this to be my life-thank you Jesus for the gift my family is!!!


This suit is one of my new favorites and it’s on SALE right now!!!!!  I love a good one piece and I love the feminine straps. This suit fits great, and feels sporty and girly all at the same time. My boys are super picky about what I wear and finding suits that I love that were picked out by my young men is such fun!

Suit: Athleta // Coverup: Lands End


The Princess Turns Double Digits

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

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one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

one glass slipper | meg wallace | double digits-my oldest turns 10

 


Our little princess has just turned 10! I can hardly believe it! People used to always tell me that I should enjoy these little years because the time just flies by…and they were exactly right! I love to watch her grow but it is unbelievably hard too…I just want to bottle up as many of these moments as I possibly can.

Kate wanted breakfast in her bed for her big day…and of course, I was happy to make her little request happen. I made her Kodiak Cake protein pancakes…which the whole family loves…and if you happen to need another idea for eating clean that is a great one for the whole family. (I get mine as Costco because they come in a huge box!)

We sat and laughed while she ate and talked about memories from her growing up. I told her again of the story of the day she was born and how delivering her was the absolute worst and absolute best moment of my life. 🙂 We admired our matching pedicures and sang some T. Swift together.

Later that night she went out on her annual birthday date with her daddy. I was watching two more kiddos that weekend and would have loved the extra hands around the house, but I just couldn’t stand the thought of having them miss their date. I sarcastically told her before she left that she could only “borrow” my man and she looked right at me, winked and said “mom, he’s my man too!” Lol! Funny girl! She’s right tho! And for a split second she looked 16 not 10! Gah….make it stop!!!!!!

Happy Birthday Princess! You’re my all time favorite girl ever!