mom baby lake


DenaJune 3, 2014

mom baby lake

I was walking through the produce aisle the other day when I came upon nectarines. The very sight of the fruit brought tears to my eyes. Nectarines remind me of summer & family. Through my childhood, my family took a trip to the seashore every year. We would rent a motel room or a little house and spend a week playing in the sand, swimming in the sea, walking the boardwalk, and growing closer together.

Every morning my mother would wake up before the rest of us and pack our lunches for the beach. Sandwiches — and you can guess what kind of fruit. Yes, sweet and perfect nectarines. I will never forget those days. Warm sun making my brown skin browner; turning the bridge of my nose & the caps of my shoulders pink. I’ll never forget spending hours out in the surf with my sister and cousins, jumping over waves, getting knocked down, getting up again, holding my breath underwater and listening to the sounds of the sea.

It’s amazing how something as simple as picking up a nectarine can trigger such a flood of memories & emotions. That day in the grocery store, I filled a bag with nectarines. This morning I cut one up to share with Roman for breakfast. It got me thinking about my mother and those many days at the seashore. I hope that I can create such beautiful memories in Roman’s life, the way that my mother has done for me.

mom and baby

mom baby lake

/// The pictures in this post are just a few recent snaps from my instagram. Even when things are a bit quiet around here, I’m usually over there at least once a day.

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Comments (8)

  • Tina

    June 3, 2014 at 10:26 am

    What a beautiful post. I’m certain from reading your blog that you are giving your son memories just as sweet as your mother did for you. Aaaand I got super excited when I saw nectarines were back too! Yummmmmm!

    1. Dena

      June 11, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Thanks so much, Tina. Sweet, summer fruit is the best, isn’t it? <3

  • Gillian

    June 3, 2014 at 11:32 am

    so sweet, dena <3 love these photos!!

    1. Dena

      June 11, 2014 at 7:10 am

      Thank you, Gillian! <3

  • Stacy

    June 4, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    This brought back such sweet reflections for me as well. Although my children are grown and having families of their own, it reminded me of how precious special little details can be. Inspiration!!!

    1. Dena

      June 11, 2014 at 7:10 am

      Thank you, Stacy. These kind of memories last a lifetime, don’t they? xo

  • Shannon

    June 5, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    What a beautiful post 🙂 seeing hydrangeas brings me back to my childhood and spending summers outside gardening with my parents.
    The black and white picture of you and your little one at the top right should definitely be framed!

    1. Dena

      June 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Thanks much, Shannon. I love being taken back to childhood memories like that. xo

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