Just a Tuesday

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I’m not sure if it’s just me (although I’m *pretty* sure it’s not…) but the past week has been a yucky combination of suffocation and struggle. Sometimes, the overwhelm of the “day-to-day” has me clawing for a family adventure because

  • The bills are always piling.
  • The weather has been super yucky.
  • My day job is super slow during the summer.
  • A 3-day migraine.
  • Laundry.

What started as an innocent trip to the park for some fresh air (and, if I’m honest, to pick up my camera that I have been neglecting for longer than I care to admit) turned into a wonderful memory that I will always cherish.

Monkey (aka Aidan for those of you who are new here) made a beeline for the swings, of coarse. But true to nature, I had to have a picture first before he got all sweaty. Luckily, the park happened to have a “photo op” station. Yay!

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Naturally, I captured some silly faces.

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Swinging is his absolute favorite thing to do at the Park! I think it has something to do with the freedom he feels when he gets to fly high, but also that he feels very grounded while swinging, unlike most airborne experiences.

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I almost got kicked square in the face!

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Passing swing-duty over to hubby, I walked around to take some photos.

I have this cup that I got for Mother’s Day that I used to play around with low angles. I actually love the photos I got!

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Not wanting to go too far from the boys in case they needed me, I headed back.

Here is what I caught as I peeked around the tree…

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The bond between these two is just absolutely indescribable. I began to really perk up, totally re-energized by their excitement, as well as from the laughs of the children running around the playground.

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I jumped on the swings, as the child I am, and snapped some more photos. (Boredom still lingering around.)

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Yep, that’s my shoe. Nothing fancy.

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Whoops….

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“Hey there Monkey!”

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By now, hubby wanted to take some pictures so I passed the camera off to him and we kept swinging a little bit longer.

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Once the excitement of the swings faded, Monkey wanted to go down some slides.

However, the temperature was a trillion and 5 degrees. The slides were just too hot to go down. We took a couple mommy & son pictures and moseyed on over to the water.

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I actually had to hold him here or he probably would have fallen. We were pretty high up on this “tree platform.”

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Aidan just loved the birds down by the water! Any chance we get to expose him to wildlife is a WIN in my book!

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As we headed back, there was a lonely park bench that I absolutely fell in love with.

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As well as a windy curve… Where does it lead?

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The walk back to the car seemed to take longer than the entire adventure. (Notice the cherry-red face. That’s my boy!)

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Until I was stopped in my tracks by this sign.

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Because the WHOLE REASON to come out in the first place was to get away from the “hustle and bustle.”

To reconnect as a family and to reclaim a bit of our sanity on our family adventure.

This innocent little word written in chalk by a stranger was EXACTLY what I came here for.

This whole time, even while ON our adventure, the only story I had been telling myself was “It’s just Tuesday.” and “on to the next item of the agenda…

But it’s NOT “just Tuesday.”

I have the ability to change the story. I have the ability to change what I am telling myself and literally write my OWN truth.

Here is what I am grateful for on this special day:

  • I have access to a beautiful park less than a mile from my home.
  • On a hot day, we are blessed to have working AC in our vehicle to run to.
  • We are healthy enough to run around with Monkey.
  • The ability to “run away” even if only for a few moments.

So while you may feel trapped and caught up in the day-to-day, remember that there is ALWAYS something you could be worrying and stressing about. But, slowing down for a little bit and really focusing on what is actually important so that you never take anything for granted.

In the end, sometimes all we need is a little reminder of what truly matters… Family.

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4 thoughts on “Just a Tuesday

    • Thank you so much! I made a POINT to get out and just shoot something as I have been (regrettably) neglecting my camera more than I should. Baby steps, right?! 😉

  • I understand you completely! Sometimes I’m so focused on working…I forget about taking a break…And I mean a break like yours 😛 We are always soo busy….but all of us need to switch off time to time and indulge in some Love thinking about nothing else 🙂 Lovely pics!

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