All week I had been thinking about where we could bring Scarlett for some fun this weekend.
Ty picked up the movie "We bought a Zoo" from Redbox and we watched it Sunday evening, after Scarlett went to sleep. Really good movie. I especially love movies that are based on true stories.
So I woke up on Memorial Day and said to Ty, "Let's bring Scarlett to the zoo."
Like a good hubby he googled a small zoo that wasn't far from us. We packed up our red, white, and blue wearing baby and headed out. She LOVED it! I thought maybe she would be too young to care. Not the case. My heart went pitter patter when she laughed at the goats who began butting each other. She giggled at the peacock who followed us through the zoo and she looked in amazement at the friendly duck who approached us.
She loved feeding the bears and couldn't quite figure out why on earth the monkeys kept dropping their cans on chains down from their loft. As we filled them with food and they pulled them back up, the monkeys chattered and Scarlett smiled.
This holiday weekend is going by in the blink of an eye. Isn't that always how it goes?
Time flies when you're having fun?
I was laying outside by the pool, watching Scarlett play with her Daddy in the water, kicking & splashing, & I couldn't help but think about how happy I am. After a stressful month or two, and lots of praying, I am thrilled with the way things turned out.
All the worry was for nothing & everything has fallen into place. It became obvious to me that enjoying each precious day, is what really matters. Scarlett is already one year old! It went by in the blink of an eye. I want it back.
Sitting in that restaurant, looking across the table at him.
That unforgettable night on the beach...the first time I kissed him.
I want those moments back. But I'll never get them back. They are gone. All that's left of them lies in our hearts. Which reminds me that I need to live each day to the fullest. I need to love every second, grab hold of every moment and live it 'til it slips away from me.
I have been practicing this more and more lately.
Having babies does this to you. It wakes you up from living a life full of meaninglessness. I can tell you what true happiness is.It's looking into our baby's eyes and knowing that she needs us. It's always wanting to be with the one you love. It is being content in the little things. It's the faint smell of soap on Ty's skin. It's falling asleep in his arms every night. It's playing "Where is Scarlett" over & over because I love that perfect giggle. It's watching myself grow and become a wiser, better person. I am, by no means, an example to live by. In many ways, I am still learning. I fall down, too.
But happiness is where I am.
I have come to believe that happiness comes from living life to the fullest.
Taking each single moment and squeezing every bit of life from it. Even if I'm having a bad day, learn from it. Take it and make something good out of it. Once that day is gone, it's never coming back....