Wordful Wednesday

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I grew up in Southern California, but I don’t recall ever going to the beach in October. I don’t remember it routinely being in the 90’s up through Halloween, and I had forgotten how NICE it is to be able to wear shorts year round.

I am really loving living back here in perpetual sunshine. I didn’t realize how very much I had missed it.

So, while most people are taking their kids to the pumpkin patch all bundled up in the brisk air, I’m taking my kids to the beach, pretending that the sand we bring home is a blessing, and trying to figure out how the holidays can possibly be so near. And loving almost every minute of it.

About Angie

Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}


  1. 1
    Live.Love.Eat says:

    Hi there. I am so happy for you, that you’re loving it out there. I love the sunshine all year round.

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    What a lovely picture!! I am glad you are enjoying the perpetual sunshine!!

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    Tiaras and Tantrums says:

    oh just rub it in why don’t you (Smiles) I really am not liking you too much right now (just b/c I am seriously jealous- it is 40 degrees here!)
    Get an extra smile for me from that sun!

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    Take lots of beach pictures for those of us that have never seen the ocean!!

  5. 13

    Since I love the beach and could live in warm weather year round. I am down right jealous! I am just fine with visiting and then leaving the cold weather and beautiful seasons! Enjoy!

    You should be impressed I got mine done and I somehow was first!

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    Naturally Caffeinated Family says:

    Haha! I just posted yesterday that it was in the upper 80s here! I’m loving the sunny skies!! Wow, taking them to the beach, my Hubby would love to go!

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    Mrs de Miranda says:

    I loved the beaches in CA! I miss living out west for sure! But I do enjoy the fall and the beautiful colors it brings too!!

    The picture is soo cute!

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    I love beach pictures! So sweet! It’s nice to be in a climate that gives you a lot more warm weather than it does cold stuff. Glad you are enjoying your new home!

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    Jenni Jiggety says:

    How beautiful!!!

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    THat is a beautiful picture…and I am so happy that you are happy there in the sunshine!

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    Oh, color me jealous…we’ve had flurries here the last few days. I’m so not ready for winter yet.

  12. 20

    Well, well, well. Rub it in why don’t ya! LOL

    We had low 70’s today and I thought THAT was warm.

  13. 27

    What a beautiful picture!

    A magical WW to you!

  14. 28

    well, I guess that it would be cool to be at the beach in the fall but give me the leaves changing and snow for Christmas any day.

  15. 29

    I won’t be able to participate in WW this week, I am not happy about it but I have been so busy and I cannot keep up with all of the wonderful posts with the comments. I love WW and hope I’ll be able to post next week!! Have a great WW.

  16. 30

    yeah that would be weird after getting used to the other type of weather.
    it’s just getting into summer in NZ but we don’t really celebrate halloween.

  17. 31

    Oh, lovely. You sound so happy!


    Wait til you see what I saw today. Sorry I couldn’t choose only one photo!

  18. 32
    Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit says:

    Beautiful pic! I’m a little envious of your warm weather.

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    Honey Mommy says:

    What a beautiful, peaceful picture! Can you believe that I can count on one hand the number of times I have seen the ocean?

  20. 34

    Oh, you are so lucky!!! Can I come and visit?

    I love the picture too!

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    great picture! we have very similar weather here in Texas.

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    les_mason_curt says:

    I love the sunshine and I love the beach… I also love the fall… Ooh, it would be such a hard choice!

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    Renée aka Mekhismom says:

    Great photo. How nice to be able to enjoy hot days of summer in the fall. Meanwhile I am here in Georgia in the cold.

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    Oh priceless!

    It’s warm here in Utah too. I dont think I’ve ever had a trick or treat opp where it was sixty that day!

    Enjoy the good weather! :}

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    I am so jealous…happy for you and your beach trip, but so jealous. Today it was snowing and we had 50 mph winds at times. It was not a good day to be out and about, but unfortunately I had a few reasons I had to be out. I can’t remember that last time it was this cold in October.

  26. 40

    We go to the pumpkin patch here in San Diego…we just go in our shorts. 😛

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    My post will be up at midnight! I may have bent the rules a bit… hehehehe…

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    mommaof4wife2r says:

    so stinking jealous! and i wanna be there sooo bad! we are so cold here already. i am going to go and cry now.

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    Our years on the coast were often highlighted by spending this time of year on the beach–it’s my favorite time for beach days! So glad you’re enjoying it!

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    Wayfaring Wanderer says:

    Get this, I had SNOW today!

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    Casey's trio says:

    You lucky girl! We have still been enjoying 80’s weather but getting to sneak away to the beach in October sounds like such a treat. I’m glad you are enjoying the sunshine:)

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    I love that picture Angie! Of course I have to agree with you that going to the beach in October is, as Martha loves to say……A good thing!

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    Gunnisac Sandersons says:

    I can’t even tell you how jealous I am that you can live in Southern Cal. I have alwasy wanted to live there and go to the beach and play in the summer longer. Oh, I am wishing that I were you.

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    Elaine A. says:

    Meanwhile our friends in the Northeast are COLD! What an amazing country we live in. And what a beautiful picture!

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    Wow what a change from Oregon. What a great shot:). I am so happy you love it there. Who wouldn’t??? It probably feels like you are home again!

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    Munchkins and Music says:

    LUCKY!!! Sounds soooo nice…

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    Mamarazzi says:

    oh yes it was G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S today. 90 and sunny and bright…i love this kind of Fall…even if the leaves don’t change until november. i am cool with that..i am stillwearing my flip flops everyday. life is good!

    welcome HOME!

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    DysFUNctional Mom says:

    I do so LOVE living here. But right now I am COLD!!

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    raising4boys says:

    Are you rubbing it in? Beautiful picture. Although I just love love all the changing leaves here in Utah. And lucky for us the weather is going to be nice for Halloween night.

    Happy WW!

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    Good N Crazy says:

    Soooooo glad to hear the last part of that…

    Wow to the picture I totally stumble it!

    GNO was crazy, awesome, but crazy.

    And next week? Election night??!
    I don’t know…

  41. 82

    I hear ya. I’m not in Southern California, but our weather is very similar and I love it. I can’t imagine moving somewhere cold after all these years.

    It did drop out of the 90’s here though, the rains arrived in earnest yesterday. So far today is looking a lot brighter though.

    Gorgeous photo too btw.

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    bermudabluez says:

    Love your photo….but do you really have to rub it in our faces???? We are under a Winter Storm Warning!! Have a great day!!

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    So glad to hear you are loving your new, or old, life. Love the picture, that’s gorgeous. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the beach when we were there last week. Way too much fun stuff and not enough time!
    So, when can I come visit? I’ll bet I could talk Laura into coming with me?:)

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    What a lovely picture!!

    I’m glad to be back in the WW wagon this week!

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    Sweet Serendipity says:

    Beautiful photo! Though I do enjoy the Fall and Spring here in VA, I could leave the winter…gray and cold and damp, yuck!
    The sunshine is good for the soul!

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    Great picture – although here in VA we had SNOW flurries last night!

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    Wow, I am so jealous! We froze this week-end in the mountains. The day we left it snowed!

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    oh the beach! Love the beach! My husband is a retired submariner, and we are now landlocked, unless you count the beaches of the mighty Missouri (which you should not, not as a beach!). Love the light in that photo! Enjoy!

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    sassy stephanie says:

    Good to hear you are settled in and enjoying it so soon!

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    I’m anxious to hear about the rest of our trip, too! Hopefully it’ll only be a few weeks. You’re so sweet, though! And no, I’ve never seen the ocean. The Gulf of Mexico but it was right after Hurricane Katrina so I don’t want to make my bias based on that – it was yucky looking.

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    Stu Pidasso says:

    Maybe some sand pumpkin sculptures would make for a nice holiday photo. And there will be no hints for The Tuesday Caption Contest.

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    CanCan (MomMostTraveled) says:

    I was wondering, do warm places have a flu season?

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    That is a beautiful picture! Looks like you guys are having a great time. I’m happy you love the move and feel back ‘home’–good for you guys!

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    I can relate since I live in Florida. We often go Christmas shopping in December in shorts!
    Great shot btw!

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    Elizabeth says:

    It is so cold here this week…you are making me very jealous! I hope things are going well with the move and the kiddos are settling in.

  56. 136

    Totally awesome to be at the beach this time of year… that’s my very most favorite time to go…

    J/ (goteeman.blogspot.com)

  57. 137

    Going to the beach right now sounds so fun. What a cute pic, Angie!

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    love the picture!

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    hippos toes says:

    Sounds like you are really loving your new home. I think it would be fabulous to go to the beach in October. We visit the NJ beaches the beginning of October, the weather is very mild and usually in the low 70’s, and I love it!! No crowds, the beach to yourself. Sounds heavenly 🙂

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    Oh Angie, so not fair! I grew up in South FL and your post brought back SO many memories. Sigh. I miss shorts. I miss NOT bundling up 5 kids. I chose Iowa? Really? WHAT was I thinking????

    I am so happy you are loving your move!

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    62 comments, how in the world do you have the time?? I am so happy that the sun is shining on you. It has actually been nice here, so beautiful. But I know it won’t last and then I need to visit you.

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    Straight to Your Hart says:

    Girl..how do you keep up!? Beautiful picture.. I can just feel the warmth!

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    Great picture. I’m jealous. I would love to be at the beach right now. Glad you’re enjoying it.

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    Hi Angie!
    It’s been too long!
    I have been a horrible blogger 🙁

    I’m so glad y’all are settling in nicely.
    I gotta tell ya, I grew up here too, and I definitely don’t remember it being so darned hot so far into the fall.
    I’m ready for my seasons. But if it affords your family some nice time at the beach, then I suppose I’ll manage 🙂

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    Eudea-Mamia says:

    In my opinion, it is the luckiest of souls that have the privilege to live by the ocean.

    Congratulations – dip your toes in the sand for this land-locked girl!!

    Em – desperate for salt water in Dallas

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    Krazy Armstrong K's! says:

    oh man, you should have called me! We could have met there!! I LOVe going to the beach in the off season! Not as many people to deal with!

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    What a great picture Angie!!!

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    you truly are a cali girl. I’d miss the fall too much…

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    I do love the beach, but I am looking forward to some “Fall” weather.

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    I LOVE that picture of the beach!

    Here I am enjoying the turning of the leaves. Some of these trees are gorgeous!

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    I’m jealous. I’m one of the one’s who has to bundle up to go anywhere from this point on until about April!! Great picture!

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    That is such a GORGEOUS photo!
    Definitely not going to the beach here in NJ any time soon…BRRRRRRRRRRRR!

    Happy WW!

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    Thank you for the comment! Yes i love that picture too! She still has daddy wrapped around her finger.

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    Simply AnonyMom says:

    BEAUTIFUL! I hope your kids enjoy it/cherish it like you do.

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    What a beautiful picture! I am so happy to hear you are loving Cali and I hope the kids are adjusting well too. And the sand? The sand IS a blessing. :o)

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    Yeah, so i think I would love to spend at least one holiday season in the perpetual sunshine and warmth. I am not so fond of the cold of winter, yet here I live where winter comes to call. Oh well! I love the picture of the beach, you have captured it so nicely

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    Jonny's Mommy says:

    We have snow on the horizon so I am plenty jealous right now!

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    Gorgeous shot!

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    mannequin says:

    Ah… I’m glad you’re happy there but you’re goina miss the snow. I promise. Can reindeer even survive in those temperatures?

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    Beautiful shot, I love that gently rolling surf:)

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    I have to laugh. I was thinking and feeling the same things about two years ago, when we were preparing to move to coastal Georgia. We even took a family picture on the beach at Thanksgiving, with the intention of sending it in our Christmas cards (as a not too subtle “don’t you wish you could go to the beach at Thanksgiving?”) 😉

    So most of the time, I’m right there with you. Except today. And yesterday. We’ve got an almost record-breaking cold front going on right now. Last Friday, I was in shorts and sweating. Yesterday, I was bundled up in a sweatshirt, jeans, and even… gasp… socks! (I’m a barefoot girl by nature) And I was still shivering in the wind whenever I stepped outside! (Yes, even *with* the socks!) Today isn’t much warmer, either. It got down to 38 last night, and the entire city is in shock.

    So while I’m usually right there with you in reveling in the sunshine and warmth, at the moment, I’m just as jealous as everyone else! 🙂

    But considering that I only get to wear sweats a few days a year, it was kind of nice to get an extra day or two worth of wear. 🙂 You’ll find out that you miss getting to wear your sweaters. Not that it’s not worth it, but it does make the few cold days a little less of a bummer when you get to unpack the soft, fuzzy, chenille sweaters. 😀

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    i am glad you are enjoying your new climate. I still think you were pretty lucky in Oregon. We certainly didn’t have flowers blooming in March. 🙂 WE are having our first snow flurries and loving it. Brooke told me she counted 500 snowflakes she caught on her tongue.:):) WHen are we going to hear how your big change went and see some pictures of your new abode?

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    Following Him says:

    Just posted! What a wonderful idea 🙂

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    It’s a good thing I’m already sick because I’m sure this would have done it for sure. Always living in the Midwest I’m just glad that we aren’t foretasted to have snow for trick-or-treating.

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    girlytwins says:

    So happy to hear you are enjoying the warm weather. I hear it is going to be almost 100 today 🙂

    When do I get to share the sunshine with you?

    LOVE the pic BTW!

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    Katie @ makingthishome.com says:

    What a fun idea! I just found you via a participating blog and just had to share a post, too. My husband and I just moved to Germany (and started blogging!). A break for the beach sounds pretty tempting. Love your photo and story. Katie

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    I’m tired of Colorado. I dream of wearing flip flops in January.

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    Awwww… what a wonderful shot! Warmth is why I live in Texas too. lol I joined in this week. Thanks for hosting Wordful Wednesday.

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    Threeundertwo says:

    I’m late, but I think 99 is a magic number.

    It’s toasty here today in Northern California too. We got our pumpkins but we wont carve them yet because they’ll rot in the heat.

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    The weather is nice here in Texas – great weather for the pumpkin patch tomorrow! Check out my Wordful Wednesday picture, it’s CUUUUUUTE!

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    AVT Coach says:

    Okay, I know you have a lot to do since you now have over 100 blogger participant for WW but, I am honoring you with the Super Scribbler Award. I looked and you do not have this one!!! I think you are a super writer and I showcased my two fav writers’ posts in your honor. Come and see!

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    I’m so coming to visit! Its cold here.

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    Gorgeous photo. I wish I lived near a beach. I really do. :o(

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    What an awesome photo. It reminds me of one I have from long ago. I just may have to do WW so you can see it! LOL

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    I am so jealous that you are at the beach in October!

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    Clark Captions says:

    Ohhh…I love this Angie! What a great picture!

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    armyfamilyok says:

    Awesome photo!! I love it. It just speaks volumes when I look at it. It’s great, Angie!!

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    Gorgeous photo! See there is another talent that you have!

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    * TONYA * says:

    It was a little chilly here today. I couldn’t believe it rained. It looks like fall is finally deciding to come out from hiding

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    Reluctant Housewife says:

    Beautiful picture! I don’t envy you though, I’d miss the snow.

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    LOVE the pic! And yessssss, finally a Wednesday place for those of us who cannot shut our mouths! lol

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    Yes indeed! It’s been a very uenpxectedly great trip! I’m sure we CAN work out something in the future! We can make this our career definitely! Let’s do it in 2011, upon my return from Peru!

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