So lately, in this phase of our lives, our best day happens when the weather is good and the water is calm.  I drive up to King Kullen and pick up a pound of thinly sliced Boars Head Maple Honey Ham and some fresh rolls to go along with it.  Ellee and I work together to make up our sandwiches while Jeremy and Christian get the boat ready.  We pack up our cool Costco cooler with food and drinks and other special treats.  We grab towels and lather on the sunscreen and then we’re ready to go.

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We drive down to the Eastport docks where my incredible husband skillfully backs up the boat and trailer down the loading ramp.  Christian holds everything steady while Jeremy parks the car.

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And then we’re off.  Well, kind of.  Today we were off, and then a few minutes later had to stop to untangle all of the seaweed that got caught up on our motor.  But after that, we were good to go.  I have to say, I love watching my husband steering our boat around on the water.  He’s happy and we’re happy and it really is the best.  The water has this de-stressing and calming affect on our entire family and I really am so thankful that we get opportunities like this.

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On calm water days, our destination is always the same.  The beach.  We have a good little spot that we usually head out to and it only takes about 15 minutes to get there.  For the record, today probably looked much warmer than it actually was.  Evidenced by Ellee being huddled up with her towel as she tried to stay warm.

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The temperature may have been a bit off, but the water was absolutely incredible.  We stayed on the Bay side today, but were quite taken with how clear and beautiful the water was.

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We ate our sandwiches.  Which were delicious by the way, because Boars Head cold cuts are the absolute best.  And we also enjoyed our snacks.  And just in case you thought we were one of those super healthy families feeding our kids only fresh fruit, never fear.  These berries were accompanied by a package of Thin Oreos that Ellee found this morning when we were at the grocery store.  It was probably the most perfect combination of snacks.

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I’d be remiss not to mention how much I love the bond that these two have.  I joke that they are two peas in a pod, because Ellee absolutely takes after her Daddy.  She also adores him, if you couldn’t tell.   With Father’s Day today, I definitely have to give a shout out to my husband and the incredible role he plays as Dad in our children’s lives.  We are so very thankful for him and for the wonderful father that he is.

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Moving on.  Lately, Christian’s favorite thing to do at the beach is to dig for clams.  He’s definitely embracing his Long Island childhood.  He worked for about 30 minutes, with no luck.  But after  Ellee and I walked over to join him, he hit a streak and the clams just kept coming.

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Eventually our entire family would jump in on the fun.  And we’d end up with the most clams we’ve ever seen.  It was the perfect afternoon spent all together, enjoying this incredible place that we are blessed to call home.

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Yes, beach days, are our best days, these days at least.  We soak up the sun and time spent together.  I know it’s something that I’ll always want to remember, so that is the main reason for today’s post.  In case I don’t get the chance to post again today (it’s technically 12:50am) I just want to wish all of the amazing dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day!  Granted, I don’t know how many actually read this blog, but if you do, thank you for all that you do and for being such an incredible part of our lives.  I know that I personally am so thankful for my Dad, for my husband’s Dad and for my husband as an amazing dad to our children.  It’s not an easy job, but it’s such an important one and we could not be more thankful for you!

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Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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