a day in pictures

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On Saturday, we decided to stray from the norm. Not always a good idea around these parts, but sometimes you’ve just got to give it a shot. With some help from good old Dr Google, we discovered a nature preserve that, while just miles from our home, turned out to be an entire world away.

Once there, we found a breathtaking array of flowers – and let Brooke stop to smell nearly every one. We climbed trees – well, two of us did at least. We ran through wide open fields and the girls rolled down the gently sloping hills. We made our way up and down and around the winding paths that traced the nearby river’s edge. We found a delightful children’s garden and fell head over heels in love with a two-story tangled wood playhouse. We laid down beneath a tree, looked straight up and marveled at nature’s work. The girls fished along the riverbed with sticks they’d found along the way – proudly displaying the algae they’d caught in wet, gooey clumps. Luau taught Katie how to skip stones. We laughed.

And finally, for the first time in ages – I had my camera with me.

So here it is.

The day in pictures …

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(Note ~ Those are katie’s shoes in the air above her head!)

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I don’t know if there will ever come a day that my girls do not take my breath away.

I do know that today is not that day.


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28 thoughts on “a day in pictures

  1. AHHHH – gorgeous day and I am glad the four of you had an opportunity to commune with nature AND each other. I don’t think there is anything quite as liberating as rolling down a hill at full speed!!

    • you know what, julie? you make a damn good point. and frankly, i’d been brooding about some other stuff that didn’t necessarily let me see that. so thank you, you’re absolutely right.

  2. Love Love Love that you had such a beautiful day and shared it with us. The one of Brooke at the lake looks like there’s a Loch Ness monster in the water behind her :)

  3. Thanks for sharing your lovely family day with us. Great pics, the one with the shoes flying is such a kid moment, and the girls laying down in the grass wih their heads in their hands, rolling down the hill, all wonderful! That’s summer at its finest! I like to take my kids to state park explorer programs. Each year we fall in love with a different area park and keep going back, in addition to the ones we frequent that are nearby. We enjoy the park days better than any zoo, museum or expensive activity.

    • thx, pq .. i couldn’t agree more – i’ve finally come to realize that the big days – the ‘treats’ of going to BIG places where money flows through our hands like water and life gets sucked into a whirlwind of consumerism and dodging one sensory nightmare after another PALE in comparison to days like this. simpler really is better.

  4. These pics are so beautiful! They brought me such joy.

    When we were kids, our parents didn’t have much money and they would find free things to do like parks, etc.

  5. Absolutely amazing pictures! You must either have a really good camera, really good subjects, or both! Stunning. I esp like the one of Brooke standing next to the what do you call it…kind iof in the middle….vertical one flyaway hair it looks like a shot from a magazine, she could be a fashion model :) the ones of them together are breathtaking, ans you can see how much they love each other. I agree, you shoul have your camera more oftne :)

  6. Visually- absolutely spectacular- truly captures the specialness of these “moments”… Do the girls have words for it? Did they recognize the specialness of “just” going to the park?

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