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Gardens and visits

We went to the Buchart Gardens today to get out full of flowers and fun. Because we are introverts we managed to find some beautiful hidden spots where we could watch the crowds and the flowers and still enjoy our own space.

It’s one of my favorite places to be. And that was what we did, we got to just sit there in the moment and be.

My good friend came by tonight and we began our annual visit. I treasure that friendship and always look forward to when we get to spend time together. It’s a friendship that has stood the test of time.

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Sand dollars and log forts

It was a walking the beach day today, the rain finally stopped and we were able to get outside and enjoy things a bit more.

I have told the girl many times how my sister and I would go to the beach near our place when we were kids and look for sand dollars. Today I was finally able to take her there and look at not only the sand dollars but all the other sea creatures that were hanging out in low tide – starfish, oysters, clams, crabs…. She became a little kid again as she was running around checking things out. We all did actually.

Then we went to a different beach and log walked – another long-standing family tradition.

It’s interesting coming here with the kids- we are very much in the moment and creating new memories, but I’m also reliving so many of my own happy childhood memories from here. It reminds me how my parents gave us so much of their hearts – I am doing my best to pass that gift onto my kids.

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Old lady tea party

The first thing we did after breakfast this morning was to head to Murchies for our tea stash. I find it hilarious that the kids get as excited about tea as I do, I learned from my parents, and anyone who knows grandma knows she was all about tea

Because I’m me, I had to push the button on the old lady tea party and we watched them “visit” and “drink tea”. It was quite amusing.

It’s so nice to see flowers and the ocean. I always feel like a part of my soul lives here.

My flower girl

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She’s in love with the boy

Trisha Yearwood has made a reappearance on our driving playlist. This is one of my favorite songs, it’s stood the test of time for 28 years (I had to look that up, how can it be so long ago?)

I think of who I was when that song when came out and who I am now. 20 year old me never would have imagined driving the same road, listening to the same song, but with a car full of teenagers singing along – and the teenagers weren’t my friends, but my kids.

The more things change the more they stay the same

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Springtime in town

I have been scouring the ranch for crocuses. They seem to get harder and harder to find each year. My childhood riding instructor informed me that there were some growing in town – so today the girl and I went hunting.

We weren’t disappointed. These are one of my favorite flowers, and it’s a sure sign of spring.

It also reminds me of hours spent in the field looking for flowers with my dad. I sure miss him.

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Notre Dame

It was heartbreaking to see the fire engulf the cathedral. It’s horrifying at any time, but right before Easter to have this happen seems like an even greater tragedy.

One thing I am noticing as the day goes on however is that my Facebook feed has changed. It started with photos of fire and people expressing their shock

But it changed as the hours went by. I started noticing photos being put up of my Facebook friends at Notre Dame. Memories were being shared as people described their trip to the cathedral, expressing their wonder at the structure and at the art inside of it

It seems so often in tragedy people find their light. Since the only choices are fear or love, I am delighted to see how often people are choosing love

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Spring dance

I’m actually went out tonight – something that doesn’t happen very often these days. There was a spring dance in town and I went with a group of friends – some new, some old.

I’m now happily home in pjs while the die hards will dance well into the night, but I sure enjoyed the time i did spend out

While I was there I got a text from the girl describing how she’d spent the evening with her uncle watching him pull a calf, and save not only it’s life but that if it’s mom. The way she described what her uncle did, it was easy to tell he’d been somewhat of a hero in her eyes tonight. That’s how it should be.

This was from earlier in the day

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