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.)
There were slides to be slid
Poles to be climbed
Swings to be swung
Woods to be explored with the trifecta of joy leading the way.
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.
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.
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.
Back to the woods with silly faces
and held hands
to Bella’s declares of “Uppy!”
To climbing new heights
for some only for a photo op.
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.