‘Sup lonely park?


With temps up there lately, meaning way above normal I notice it. That itching to get out and do something fun. I love the fresh warm air and the blinding sun that calls for dark sunglasses. What better way to celebrate than to find the most lonely park and add some life to it in the middle of what is suppose to be winter. I put Olive in her stroller on Thursday afternoon, grabbed a quilt and my camera, and off we went.

It was brilliant. Olive was more than thrilled to be swinging and after every push she would start laughing and say to me “weeee, again?”

This park offers something our children have never experienced before. The  merry go round or as some call it the carousal. I spread the quilt out on it and sat her down.

At first she was a little hesitant until I hopped on with her, then she was all smiles.

The going ’rounds of course it flipped my stomach out haha but oh so worth it to see her loving it.

When it was time to go Olive was so upset and kept saying “swing”.

I can’t wait to go back, hopefully next week and take both she and Brandon. I know they will have a great time together and I know Brandon will absolutely love the merry go round.

One more full week of school and then Brandon will be on vacation. Ahhh, sweet vacation. More sleep. More r&r. More family time. Love.

Today was a do-nothing day for us, as most Saturdays are. The kids enjoyed staying in their pajamas all day and chilled out. That’s what I enjoy about the weekends with my family. It’s so laid back, nothing pressing to do. So relaxing.

Tomorrow we will work on Valentines Day cards.

One last thing, Olive is learning about feelings. When daddy is leaving she lays her head on my shoulder and pouts and says “I sad.” Or tonight when she hit Brandon with a wooden railroad piece and I said “no, Olive we don’t hit” she replied with “I sad” and pouted. Oh my gosh, It’s truly the sweetest thing.

The changes.

It’s time to dig out those sweaters, slippers, hats and all that promises to keep us warm. We scurry around trying to get everything thing all set in our home. This is what is also know as batten down the hatches here in the north east.  Oh and those last minute stroller rides, because nowadays everything seems to be last minute.

It can only mean one thing after all, winter is approaching and quickly.  As much as i do not like winter mainly because of the harsh temperatures and the blustery snow that never fails to make it to my doorstep. I deal. All of the goodness that happens before that makes it more bearable.

The festivities. The family gatherings. The stories. The meals. The laughter. The conversations. The memories we make.  It warms our souls. ..Keeping our lives balanced and good. I look forward to that part the most.

Saying goodbye to summer was hardest though. And my attachment had nothing to do with the weather.  Olive turned 1. Brandon started 2nd grade and there was so much learning being had by both of our children.  So many changes.  It’s amazing both how much Olive is doing now and learning in just a short amount of time. And the stuff they are teaching and learning in second grade these days just blows me away! Children are so smart!!

A look back:

Beach days.


Olive’s 1’st Birthday.

Brandon’s 1’st day of Second grade. Mega confidence.


Park days.

Sad those days are now just a memory but glad i got to capture it so we can look back now and again and remember it all.