We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are." ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmastime in SD

Ever have those days where you happen upon something, and then it turns into a whole new adventure, or a sweet new memory you don't want to forget? Such it was this week with a few different places where it was just Lukas and I. We would seize an opportunity and create "insiders" together. First was with Santa at the Library. And the beach park we ALWAYS pass on our drive to the beach. And some random park built into a business strip near the airport.

The day before we were at the library for storytelling and singing time, when we saw an announcement that the Santa was coming the next day. Normally I don't make a huge deal out of Santa. Meaning, we don't run to the mall and wait in long lines for "that" picture. But Lukas was really interested, and asked if we could pleeeeeease come back for the Santa the next day. Why not, right? So here we were. And the man was so jolly and authentic it was sweet. Lukas never knows WHAT to say when asked what he wants. (Birthdays are more of the "please give me" holiday around here.) He really just wants the candy cane the kids generally get after visiting Santa. It's an association thing, and this boy loooooooves peppermint sticks. 

So we went, we did, and then we were heading to the beach for some warm sunshine.
In December.
And he asked if we could stop by this one park we aaaaalways pass on the way to the beach. There was no reason to say no, so parked I did, and we went to check it out.
Now, the park had a playground and what-not, but where does my little man end up? Climbing a tree! The big twisty one at the edge of the field! He humored me with a couple of pictures...and had some funny poses to boot. It makes me laugh to see his little personality coming out in little things. Like picture pose preferences. Haha. 

There's this built in park near a busy street that's decoration for a huge company housed there.Green luscious lawns, a few stone tables, waterfalls, a pond with lilipads, thick grown-in trees, and little bridges to cross. A new adventure space for a little boy. So when driving home and he asked to stop there, I just thought, "Why not?!" so we did. And had SUCh a fun time racing little leaf boats down the waterfall, playing with sticks and lilipads, and exploring through the trees. And now whenever we pass it, we remember that day. And inside I smile, and feel grateful for the carefree lifestyle we can have throughout the day! We learn so much this way!!

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