Sunday, January 22, 2012

Pure joy

*Thank you for all of your kind thoughts and comments on the post below. Each one made me feel better :)

The weather was unseasonably nice on Friday, so we took full advantage.

Olivia and I had a play date with some friends from church that morning while B went to class. We all got home about the same time and decided we needed to stay outside for the day. We headed over the the Dallas Arboretum to have a picnic and just enjoy the day. We got some lunch from the little patio bistro they have there, where you can see the Dallas skyline over the water, and then took our food over to a grassy area. Olivia enjoyed stealing all my chips, feeding the birds, looking at the clouds, and even ventured over to the benches to flirt with a little boy for a second. After lunch, we walked over to the water spitting frogs that we had avoided the last time we went because we thought it would be too cold for her to play. And we knew that once she saw the water there would be no stopping her. And judging from this time, we were right. I had totally planned on bringing her swimsuit so she wouldn't have to strip down, but I definitely forgot it. I hate when I'm not as prepared as I meant to be! Oh well, she still loved it. It was 75 degrees if you were wondering how it was okay for her to be in just a diaper and playing in the water in the middle of winter.

Its days like these I feel so blessed! Sitting enjoying the beautiful outdoors and the wind in my face, with my loving husband beside me and my healthy perfect daughter running circles around us, and a new little one kicking and rolling around inside my stomach...I honestly couldn't ask for anything more. Pure joy.















One more little story. When we rounded the corner enough for her to see the water at the end of the tree tunnel, I asked her, "what do you see"? She stared at the water and started tugging at the buckle of her stroller so she could get down, and simply said, "please". She took off running towards the water the moment her feet hit the ground.

7 comments:

Laura Beth said...

When can I come visit TX? the trees in that picture of Olivia running away are beaaaautiful. I want pictures there and to hang out with you. I'm so jealous your wearing TOMS in January... I pretned to here and get borderline frostbite. Real nice...

Janine said...

that sandwich looks delicious. mya does the same thing when she sees water. i say...why not be naked when it's still allowed.

danielle said...

welcome back home, where you can have a "summer" experience in the middle of winter, only in texas!! livy is too cute in the water....i am pretty sure colton will be just like her when he is bigger, he absolutely loves the water.

Kendra said...

What a wonderful day! I love your cute, sweet girl dying to get to the water. :) And those overhanging trees are amazing!

caroline said...

Oh how I loooove the arboretum!! what "joyful"day! I could just see it in Liv's smile in the water pictures!

Anonymous said...

Okay 1st I want that little girl....2nd I want the sandwich!!!
What fun pictures, especially on a snowy day like today. Love you sweethearts and hope Texas is treating you well.

Love, Gma Debi :)

the hansen's said...

What a wonderful day! It was a perfect day for a picnic. Looks like Liv had a great time in the water too. I would love to be a kid again and have nothing to hold me back from doing exactly what I wanted.