May 27, 2009

If it makes you happy...

There just aren't enough things, it sometimes seems, to make us truly happy. Not enough to make us feel how blessed we are. Not enough to remind us of all the beauty that we have.

Maybe that's why our picnic visit to our local Arboretum today was so unique. From the minute we walked through the gate at the opening of the park - from the moment we found ourselves surrounded by the most amazing flowers and lush green grass...water, birds chirping...and about 72 degrees of blue skies - it was just happiness.

Maybe because we felt good and were both in good moods...

Maybe because it was a gloriously gorgeous day and the breeze was heavenly...

Maybe because flowers just make you want to break out in song...

Maybe because sharing a PB&J with Quint in the middle of flower paradise was the absolute top for me...

I don't know - but the combination was right on - and it left me feeling euphorically happy for the rest of the day. Left me loving spring and welcoming summer. Left me feeling so much love for my little man and all the ways he's growing up. Loving seeing the world through his eyes - and the wonder he has for the simple things.

There just aren't enough of those days to spread around - but when they happen...man, do I love squeezing them tight to my heart so I can remember them on the not so good ones.










Eventually, we had to head home and take a nap (ahem, both of us). Luckily, when we woke up, AB had arrived home from work and we made our way our to our favorite Cajun shack for dinner. We ate outside on their patio - with the warm sun and the beautiful evening breeze. Following that with a trip around the corner to our favorite book store where we browsed around for awhile (and got some great deals). Then stopped for an ice cream cone on the way home with our best boy!

I don't say it often - but it was a perfect day.

I love those...


** If you have a local Arboretum, (if you're not sure, Google it) do yourself a favor and take a day to visit. Kiddos under three are usually free and entry cost is minimal. Take a picnic lunch, someone you love, and a camera with plenty of battery juice. You will not regret it.

8 comments :

julie said...

How beautiful!....and our little man is sure cute!

Cora said...

Beautiful day! Love to see your smiles!

Shannon said...

I love the Arboretum. It's one of my favorite places---we got married there and had our reception there. I also have fond memories of Chloe running through the spray fountains in the summer and playing on the lawns with her. I miss it. We enjoy the NY Botanical Garden now, but the Arboretum always hold a special place in my heart.

Kramer said...

Priceless!!! I love the photos of the perfect day! Our last house adjoined with Bernheim Arboretum and we went daily. I miss those days! After reading your post I think I will ride out for a visit!

Linda said...

We need those other days so we can truly appreciate the great ones. I always say if we look each day that God gives us a small miracle, I mean a flower or childs smile or laugh, something that just gives a minutes pause to any day. I find that in someone's kindness, or even reading the blogs and sharing other peoples happiness ... Linda

Mom said...

Christie, the smiles on yours and Quint's faces, tell it all. What a wonderful and perfect day you had. I am so happy for you. What a BEAUTIFUL place!! I've never heard of those places before. Do we have one here that you know of. And those PURPLE flowers....oh my. Quint was so adorable playing in that water. What a perfect and peaceful day for you. Love it and you!!

Briana's Mom said...

Oh my gosh! That park is AMAZING! Beautiful! Love those perfect days. I totally know what you are saying.

Our Journey to Jadyn Nicole said...

Love the pictures....these are moments to cherish.