Spring sprang in a big way in Kansas City this weekend…like, sprang right into summer with temperatures up into the 80’s. Thankfully, this week looks to bring more spring-like, cooler temperatures for the remainder of our spring break staycation. Monday was not only the first day of spring, it was also International Happiness Day and my birthday. Three very important reasons to celebrate!
This week is my first full week of vacation from work since Christmas of 2015, taken off because my kids have their spring break, because Monday was my birthday, and because Thursday my youngest turns 8. While I would have loved to be able to travel somewhere warm, preferably with white sand and a drink in my hand, it just wasn’t in the cards. Especially since we are saving for our anniversary trip to Chicago this summer. So, this week is being filled with some activity and probably a lot of sitting around at home — which I feel simultaneously excited and guilty about.
That’s something I’ve been trying to work on – feeling good about doing nothing. Not letting guilt keep me from enjoying lazy days reading, writing, cleaning and dreaming.
Yesterday I turned 42 – yay for birthdays and the blessing of celebrating another year of being alive! I feel blessed to have been able to spend it with the people who mean the most to me, and by being able to do things that brought me joy.
We started out with a trip to Starbucks, then headed to Watkins Mill State Park for a little time out in nature. I’m really feeling the desire and need to be in nature more these days. With all the craziness in this country and in this world, it’s refreshing to be surrounded by nothing but trees, water and open space. To be reminded that there is still calm and peace and beauty in the world, if we just look for it. To sit there in the quiet and listen to your own voice.
After a little time next to the lake, we headed off on the trail for a 2 mile walk. It was nice to see my kids enjoying some physical activity, without electronics and without complaining. By the time we were done with 2 miles, we were feeling the heat and ready for lunch.
With my recent renewed interest in nature, I’ve also been excited to incorporate green and nature into our home. A few weeks ago, I purchased a fiddle fig leaf plant for our living room from the Family Tree Nursery in Liberty, and have been wanting to go to the main Overland Park, KS location ever since. And because it was my birthday, my people were obligated to go with me.
But first, we stopped in at The Mixx in Leawood for lunch. Yum!
Then off to the nursery.
Upon arrival, I was diverted to the rows of colorful pansies, making a mental note to return once we finished our walk-through of the store. Ever since seeing the beautiful pansies Lara Casey planted and posts continuously on her Instastories, I’ve been wanting them for myself.
Our trip through the tropical section was a little warm (my son couldn’t stop complaining of being hot) but it was full of a lot of beauties that I really wanted to take home. Especially once we got to the succulent section. Wow! Their succulent arrangements were gorgeous but I restrained myself and opted instead for a palm plant, my birthday gift from my mama. I did purchase a small “bear paw” succulent for my daughter, and my mom purchased a succulent arrangement for herself. We then went back and got several pansies – now I just have to figure out where to plant them.
Then it was time to head back home so we could make it up north before rush hour hit, and so we could meet up with Kevin for dinner at Old Chicago on the patio. It was a bit windy which made it a little chilly, and we really weren’t all that hungry because of our late lunch at The Mixx, but I was determined to sit out on a patio for my birthday dinner, and to get my free birthday pizza (and a sangria), so we did.
Dinner was nice, spending more time with my family was better. I left the restaurant and headed home for the evening with a full stomach and a full heart.