If you missed my last post, I shared about the passing of my beautiful mother-in-law. I don't want to continue on in a "business as usual" style, nor do I want to neglect to share about joyful things in our life. Again and again, I'm learning that grief and joy coexist in this life. And what a grace that is! Grief can highlight the joy, make it more precious in my eyes. And so, I wanted to share about a little day trip I took with my SIL, Katelyn, Cooper, and Finn back in mid-May, since it was a good thing, a sweet day spent with some of my very favorite people.
For years, Katelyn and I have talked about wanting to drive up to Holland, Michigan during the annual Tulip Festival. This year, with newborn and potty-training toddler in hand (as well as the very best helper!) we drove north on a Thursday morning. We stopped midway for coffee, a potty break for Coop, and so I could nurse Finn.
The day was hot and sunny, the kind of weather that screams summer. We didn't have concrete plans, but spent the day browsing in a few shops, grabbing food, admiring tulips (so, so, many, as it is the festival's namesake), and taking a few photos with the flowers.
I personally don't have any Dutch heritage that I'm aware of, but I married into Dutch heritage (hello, DeVries), and it's neat to see that celebrated. We took frequent breaks, drank lots of water, and took turns holding Coop's hand or pulling him in the wagon. I wore Finn, who was content to mostly sleep, as he wasn't yet six weeks old yet.
We happened to visit on the afternoon of a parade, so while Cooper and Katelyn watched, I popped into a beautiful yarn shop to browse, and ended up purchasing a fun skein of self-patterning sock yarn*.
From the parade, we walked back to the car, the good kind of tired and sweaty that you feel after a day in the sun. Outings like these aren't the easiest with littles. But as Katelyn and I talked about, I still want to make a point to go to the beach/park/festival/trip, even when it's more complicated. There are many times we will stay home, but on the occasion that we choose to just go, it's often rewarding. For the record, both boys did amazing with a long car trip and lots of walking. There is so much emphasis in our culture on how children take away from life (freedom, sleep, etc.). But can we change that emphasis? How much joy and delight do children add to life? An abundance. So thankful for a day with my sister and these two little boys, to spend quality time together, drink coffee, admire flowers, and share in the delight of a child's eyes.
*I've already knit up the yarn, seen in this post on my instagram, more details to come in an upcoming creativity check-in post.
Today, the air felt different. Cooler and more crisp. Filled with anitcipation. The last several weeks since my last "life lately" post, have been filled with a lot of summery fun and they've felt full. I might be getting ahead of myself, since it was in the upper eighties this past weekend, but decidedly, I love the shift that comes with slightly cooler weather. Nevertheless, here are some things we've been up to in recent weeks:
Looking back at my recent posts, I realized it has been a long time since I wrote a little post about "life lately." I've written about things in our life, yes, like Cooper turning four, a visit to our friends in Bloomington, a visit from my family, a trip to the beach and the one year anniversary of my mother-in-law's passing, recent knitting and other creative projects, and some updates about our garden this year. But I haven't written a post with the little mish-mash bits of life since early June. So here I am now, playing a little bit of catch up.
It's been awhile since a "life lately" post where I write about all the little bits and pieces of our life. This spring has been a rather cold one, but just this past weekend, we are seeing much warmer temperatures and the weather seems to be catching up with the date on the calendar. As someone who enjoys the colder months, I will say that spring and summer feel a bit magical with kids, and logistically, lots of things just feel easier as the temperatures are more mild.