Monday, April 25, 2011

A Day at the Park

Today the stars aligned and both Zack and three of my best-est beady friend Cindy's  kids had no school today.  Not only did the stars align, but they burst out some fireworks, too, because the weather was perfect for a day at the park.  I found this cool web site called MeetWays that helps people find a halfway point to, well, meet, and we found an awesome park to take the kids.

Trying to keep up with four boys between the ages of eight and two is something else.  I took twelve pictures and I only managed to get this snippet of Zack going down the sliding board...


One of Cindy's boys is already in the enclosure and another is standing ready.  Those kidlets were fast and I was tired just watching them!  But there's something invigorating about hearing the laughter of children.


I caught them plotting their next strategic strike on playground equipment...


... and then gathered them up for a group photo.  Zack is hot and cold on getting his picture taken -- he's either ALLLLL for it, or he gets all paparazzi-outta-my-face on me.  This was one of those ham-it-up days.


Then I learned a very good lesson.  Never put your camera in your bag next to an ice cold beverage, especially when the day starts heading into the 80's and you're not in the shade.  For one, I could no longer see what I was shooting -- the sun was too bright for me to see through the viewfinder.  Therefore, I shot a ton of photos not realizing I had condensation on the danged lens.


That would have been SUCH a good shot, too!  I mean, I love to mess around with Picnik but this is just a little too, too.  Ya know.  


So once Cindy alerted me to the condensation issue, I unscrewed one of the lenses and tried again and got the moment when the kids realized they'd had enough of the heat and were ready to have lunch.



Zack and I are absolutely identical in many things, and pink red cheeks in the least little bit of sun (ha ha, I almost typed snow... sigh, wishful thinking...) ANYWAY -- we both stay rosy cheeked all summer long.

After our lunch, we headed across the street to my favorite store in the world ...

We headed for the magazine rack and I picked up the latest issue of Beads 2011.  So. Much. Eye candy!


All in all, a wonderful day.  I told Cindy it was really the first day I felt like I could walk normally without holding on to something or feeling faint or having to go to bed as soon as I got home.  When you're in crap health, you feel like there will never, ever be a good day again.  We all try to ignore the crap part, so when a truly good day falls in your lap, grab it and take advantage of it and live it up for all it's worth.  Even if your idea of living it up means simply sitting in a chair on the deck reading a book -- do it!  Enjoy every minute you can.


Every one of you is awesome.

Enjoy your week!




Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.  


29 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post! Glad you are feeling so much better! I enjoyed your adventure out!

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  2. Hurray for a fun day!

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  3. So glad you had a great time at the park today, we visited the park today too, went for a long walk and enjoyed some goofing around. I hope that you start feeling better everyday Lori!!! Take care.

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  4. Looks like a great day was had by all! So very glad you are feeling better, Lori! Take care.

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  5. I am always so jealous when you and Cindy have play dates... I swear, if you don't include me next time, I'm not going to be your friend (either of you) any more...just kidding! But, I am so close...could have met you...whine, whine, whine...nice to see you having fun!

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  6. I'm in crap health right now too, and I did exactly as you said...I enjoyed the moment yesterday. Went on a short and easy hike with my husband and boys. It was great! Looks like you and your boys had fun too! Isn't it amazing how good it can feel to be able to do the simplest things? Take care of yourself.

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  7. Great post - glad you had a fun day and that you are feeling much better.

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  8. It was a beautiful day here as well! Glad you got to spend it with some of your faves!

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  9. Lori, we really had the best time today. I'm so glad the boys finally met...Collin can't say enough about Zack, tonight he said again, "Zack is GREAT!" :-)
    I'm so glad you had your camera(s) since I was so lame and actually forgot mine! Condensation and all, these are great shots. We're going to have to do it again real soon! :-)

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  10. Excellent! I am SO glad that you got out to play!!!
    :o) I think the photo with condensation is so cool!!! It reminds me of how dreams and memories sometimes look. It's nice that you will be able to have one of your boy! It's artistic! :o) My day ended better knowing that you had such a good time out with Cindy! YAY!
    :o)

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  11. What a nice day! I wish it were getting warmer over here.
    Glad to hear that you're feeling a bit better. And I absolutely love all the inspirational quotes you put on here -- such a nice refresher!

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  12. What fun...a day in the park always makes everyone happy especially if it ends with a trip to B&N! Thank you for visiting me the other day...your blog is lovely. xo

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  13. What a great day out! The boys look like they had energy to burn. I'm glad to hear you're feeling better...I'm sure the fresh air and sunshine did you a load of good, Lori :-)

    I get rosy cheeks too, btw!

    Belinda
    -xo-

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  14. Lori it was a great day for you! I rejoice for you and wish I could of been there too with yall! But this was a Special day with your bf and the boys. Sooo true enjoy these moments, and every moment for that matter. Big huggs wour so special too xx

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  15. Glad you were able to enjoy the day! Love to see the kids at play and rosy cheeked!

    I know you said the "S" word - well - we might see a few flakes on Wednesday...you can have them!!! I'll send them your way!

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  16. Sounds like a wonderful day! I totally know what you mean about grabbing the good days and enjoying them with everything you can :)

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  17. Glad you're feeling better! It looked like a wonderful day at the park.

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  18. Oh some wise beautiful thoughts here, and great photography. Cute boys btw :D

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  19. I am so glad you had a nice day out! you deserve it.

    Feeling crappy stinks! I remember when I went through my severe anemia, I just felt sick every day. Achy all over, head aches, dizzy, nausea.........the whole deal! And on days when I felt normal, it was like a HUGE blessing and I just tried to enjoy every minute! I hope you have many many good days!!!!

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  20. So glad to hear you are on the up-swing instead of the slippery slide down! Ha! Sounds like a great day for everyone, did this play date include new camera play???

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  21. I will add a big, loud "AMEN!" to the end of this post. Glad you had a nice day. If I could give you some of our snow, I would be more than happy for some of that sunshine!

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  22. Hi Miss Lori, :) < that is my happy face knowing that you are feeling better and that you enjoyed your day at the park with Cindy & the boys and i agree thier is nothing better than the sounds at a park & the laughter of children to cure what a ails you. Charish these moments before you know it their 6'1" & 15yrs old take care of yourself Lori ttfn L:)

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  23. Lori, this sounds like an awesome playdate for both kids and moms!! And topping it off with a run to a bookstore? Heaven! I understand very well on the good days vs crap days, lately, so I'll send you lots of positive thoughts for good days! :)

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  24. A great day for all of you!

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  25. What a wonderful way to spend the day!

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  26. I know the feeling about "crap health". Even though I'm back in the US, I'm still fighting an uphill battle on the stupid migraines. But, when I have a good day...I go for it... I mean, ya' gotta make the most of it! I'm glad you did and had a goooood day. You need those.

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  27. This is why my kids love summer. There are alot of things they can do and enjoy!

    Thanks for visiting Lori.

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  28. Wonderful blog. Don't you just love little wide-eyed boys. They have so much energy and imagination. glad you felt like goning for the day be Blessed

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