as i started to say it, i caught myself mid-sentence and started apologizing to my girlfriend who was pushing her stroller beside mine while we made our way through central park with our families yesterday. while saying it, i realized it was somewhere between the 16th and 47th time i was muttering the phrase, “i cannot get over this weather!” and we’d only been out a few hours. i was a broken record, as i always am this time of year, but i couldn’t help myself. when the blossoms come out and the coats come off, the world just feels like a better place. silly as it sounds.
it’s because the city transforms. it becomes a little more occupied. not that it was less bustling or busy in the winter months, but everyone isn’t just moving in a sea of black coats with their heads down and their headphones in, from destination start to destination finish. they wander, meander, glide and – i kid you not – practically skip! i swear our eyes meet more, and smiles are exchanged as we cross paths walking a little bit more freely from destination start to destination finish. there is music in the park, petals from blossoms blowing in the wind, and also probably unicorns somewhere just out of sight, i’m sure. ;)
the city doesn’t just transform though. i transform, too. i think i’m a better mom, wife, human being when the sun is out. and so maybe that’s why i’m particularly thankful when spring shows her face. she comes when i need her most. at a time when i’m not sure if i can hold on any longer, to another day in puffy jackets with frozen ankles (still hate socks) and days where it gets dark around 4 in the afternoon. and so yes, since i’m a firm believer in the love language of affirmations, i’ll just keep thanking her over and over again for what she brings into my soul this time of year, and keep mumbling under my breath as well as to anyone beside me every few seconds, “she’s here! i can’t get over it. this weather! i’m so grateful.”
photos from saturday and sunday, where much of it was spent outside shedding sweaters and light jackets, wandering the park and stopping at every other playground. even had to make a quick run into the drug store for sunscreen at one point, it was that good! ;)
general conference weekend is probably another reason why this weekend will go down in the books as a good one. felt so much love from what i was able to catch of it in-between the mom duties of the day.
all smiles from beatrice and josh!
lash envy from madalena! also, this girl is standing and trying to walk. part of me wants to push her over and be like, “NOOOOOOO!” but the other part of me is excited she’s so ready!
met up with friends for a picnic early sunday morning in central park. she brought her strata (egg casserole dish) in a cast iron skillet which just proved why we are friends! (for those curious about transportation, we both live just a short few blocks from the park and also the bottom of our strollers are basically our mary poppins car trunks in the city. what do they not hold?! that is the question.)
april, we love you so far. have a wonderful week, everyone!