So I was going to post a little tutorial for you today, but what with the strange day yesterday I didn’t feel like editing photos or doing any work… I opted for hugging my kiddo a little tighter and just enjoying the time with my family. I actually took a vacation day yesterday, and the more I reflect on it, I’m so happy that I took the opportunity to put my work on hold and just be with my family. I’m going to share a little about our day, instead.
We visited Frederik Meijer Gardens, which is a local attraction that has a botanical garden that houses a butterfly exhibit every March & April, and a children’s garden to play in. Raya LOVED it. I wasn’t sure she would “get” it, and I’ve seen kids afraid of the “bugs”. So we talked about butterflies that morning and even had a butterfly-themed breakfast.
Okay, I confess, my idea of a “fancy butterfly meal” is totally just making the toast look like a butterfly. Hey, it worked. ;)
I loved seeing her get so excited about the wonders of the world. We found some caterpillars and talked about how they eat and eat, and then change into butterflies.
And of course, every single one was exciting to find in the garden.
I packed light (by which I mean I totally forgot to put the battery back in the camera, so I had to take photos on my iPhone) so I don’t have a bunch of gorgeous butterfly shots, but as you walk around the garden, they are everywhere!
It was finally a warm enough day to go outside (a miracle, considering we were running errands in the snow on Sunday!) so we played in the children’s garden for a little bit.
So while I feel heartsick about yesterday’s tragedy, it just makes me feel even more strongly that sometimes you have to take a day off to stop and enjoy the simple things. I am so thankful to have spent a wonderful day NOT working, and just playing with my family outside yesterday.
What are you thankful for today?