Sunshine and Happiness.

It’s amazing what sunshine can do. How it can lift the gray cloud of melancholy and zap you with energy. Minnesota saw sun and warmth this weekend and with it smiles upon smiles. Everything got pushed aside so we could spend every glorious moment basking in the glow of the elusive sun that had been evading spring. I’ve always known how much weather affects me. How the California sun calls to me. I loved seeing it on my kids faces. On Bella’s who barely recalls what warmth is, who can’t remember tshirts and sandals. But the rest of us, the dog included, we remembered.

So, we celebrated sunshine and happiness with a family walk around the block on Friday after discovering Bear’s bike has a flat and his old trike is still too big for Bella.

They made do however

Then into pajamas we went that matched with Baby Maya, of course.

Saturday, we filled Bear’s tire and bought Bella a smart trike and all filed one by one down the street to the park. (Minnesota’s lack of sidewalks and walking in the street still perplex me.)

Fisher Price Smart Trike

Family Walk.

There were slides to be slid

Red Slide.

Poles to be climbed

Swings to be swung

Bella Swings

Swing Star.

Woods to be explored with the trifecta of joy leading the way.

Kids and Dog

And kisses to seal the deal.


Best friends joined us for BBQ, the true sign of summer to come. Beers and brats and burgers.

The next day was even better. The sun warmer. The grass greener. The sprouts of life pushing through the ground to get a touch of the suns lingering light.

The day started with a trip to the Como Zoo for Grandpa’s birthday.

Zebra in the Back

And then a trip to Snuffys for lunch where bubbles were blown into cups and giggles were heard and delicious malts devoured.

And again to the park. Single file down the street.

On the swings again, this time with Bella wrapped around me. Swinging together, two heartbeats becoming one.

Double Swing.

We climbed over the gate and into the ice rink letting Elia loose to race with us.

To throw balls and hope she’ll fetch.

Throwing Balls.

Back to the woods with silly faces

Silly Faces.

to nature


and held hands

Holding Hands.

to Bella’s declares of “Uppy!”


To climbing new heights

Monkey Bear.

for some only for a photo op.

Up High.

Then mommy gets whisked back to Chicago, but only after stopping for Auntie Annie’s pretzels and new Crocs to really usher the coming of spring.

The weather is still all heat and sun even though we are apart. Our smiles keep warming our hearts.


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19 thoughts on “Sunshine and Happiness.

    • TY! We did! We really really did. Also, I love taking photos even though my camera of choice is just a simply iphone 4. Not even a 4s! =)

    • Thank you! I think they’re quite lovely as well. =) I’m told the weather is supposed to get cold again. I honestly cannot take any more of this back and forth. Can we just have some sunshine, please?!

  1. There is something particularly special about those first Spring days that really feel like Spring.
    That sunshine was awsome and I am glad you and your family enjoyed it so much.

    • THANK YOU!! I could seriously take a zillion photos and videos of them if my iphone could hold it. =)

    • I KNOW. I just can’t believe a 40 degree difference in that short of time. I think the weather is more than a little bipolar.

  2. Such lovely, joyous pictures!

    Sunshine does a world of good for my mood. I really wasn’t kidding when I told my friends I was moving south primarily for the blue skies. Somedays now I think I’d trade the sun to be close to the wee ones of the next generation, but it’s easy to take the blue for granted while I’m in it.

    But I digress! Love the photos. I hope there is much sunniness in store for you, in all ways.
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    • THANK YOU. The sun, heat and ocean are the reasons I want to move to California one day. I think I need those blue skies. But I think it would be frightening going somewhere I know no one. The nice part about moving to Chicago is my family and friends are already here. It’s a big move, but its not a move being made alone.

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