Monday, April 18, 2016
Here Comes The Sun
Finally, some sun coupled with some heat this past weekend. Our winter was so, so mild but our spring has been freezing. My least favorite weather--if we're keeping track--is sunny but freezing. Especially in the spring. It's straight up deceptive Mother Nature, that's what it is.
This is going to be a post filled with a jumble of thoughts and pictures. A summary of what we've been up to lately and some other things that have been on my mind. Jumbled, random stuff feels super appropriate on a Monday to me.
posted a video of her walking with her new brace on IG last week. It's pretty awesome and you should check it out if you have a minute. We've come a long way baby...
Happen Inc. We used to go to Happen back when we lived here the first time (Cincy 1.0) and haven't been back since until this past Saturday, but I don't know why because I love this place!
Also, Happen, Inc. has really expanded in the past few years and they now have a toy lab where you can create a new toy from old toy parts (remember that crazy kid from the first Toy Story movie... like that but hopefully less creepy?), they also boast 3 community gardens, a kids film critics club, and so many more programs! I'm really excited to check out more of their amazing offerings. Kids, families and communities really benefit from places like this.
Saturday evening, aka post nap time, we headed down to Washington Park where it felt like a full on Summer day. We were sure the splash pad probably wasn't running just yet, but we grabbed our suits just in case. I love it when just in case pays off. The first really sunny and warm day always feels like the entire city is in a good mood. There is so much to look forward to and every one can just relax a little bit more.
And I can't even tell you how proud I am of Lamp on days like this, how she just charges out into the world with her head held high enjoying life and soaking up the sun despite a lot of pointing, staring, and questioning. I always hover close by, never knowing exactly when to jump in or when to leave her to handle her own business--it's not an exact science. And make no mistake she knows what's going on and sometimes the pointing/starting/questioning does get to her--she comes back and reports to me often about kids who don't talk to her but who are point at her arm or kids who keep asking about her limb differences--she knows what's up. But that girl lives her life unapologetically and does exactly what makes her heart feel happy. Which makes my heart feel happy. I hope she always lives her life with that kind of openness, self assurance and joy.
I always say she's the bravest girl I know and it's true in so many ways.
The girls played, we (mostly) sat and watched. We even braved a family dinner in the heart of OTR on a Friday night and we had a great time. This picture I snapped at dinner is a good summary of our weekend--a little sassy, a little smiley, some giggles, a lot of light and love.
Spring, I'm picking up what you're throwing down... if this was a little preview of summer I'm in.
I'm all in.