I consider myself an optimist. In every situation, I try to focus on the positives. After all, we can’t always control what’s happening around us, but we can control how we react to it, right?
Still, the past 2 weeks have been rough. I spent much of it stressed, bitter, and even angry. The idea that JD’s injury would leave him out of commission for the foreseeable future was overwhelming at times, but now that we have a plan of attack for his new work schedule (while on light duty), L’s new daycare, and accommodations for both of them while I’m on a work trip this week, I feel we’ve established our “new” routine.
So now, it’s time to shift my focus to those positives. While I would never WISH an injury that forced JD into light duty, the advantage will be a more normalized schedule, and we’ll spend the next few months (a good chunk of summer), with EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND to spend together as a family. This is absolutely unheard of in our world, and it’s inspired me to really want to take advantage of it.
Friday was absolutely perfect weather, and I was desperate to get outside and do something once the workday was done. I started brainstorming ideas and got a vision of the 3 of us sitting at a park enjoying the evening sun and a picnic. Normally, JD might have scoffed at such a boring (i.e. safe) activity, but he is now limited in what he can do, and it’s forcing him to slow down whether he likes it or not. We decided on a park we’d never visited before, and swung by the store for a sandwich, salad, and some fresh berries.
It’s funny how you can live in a certain area for so long, but you still get stuck in a rut of doing the same things and going to the same places. We ventured out to a new park, which was absolutely beautiful, and it was a quick, easy drive down some back roads. I had to wonder how we could have gone so long and never visited this place, and how the simple idea of a picnic never crossed our minds on a nice day. But now that we’ve been given the gift of time, I’ve decided that this will be the summer we explore. New places, new activities, and plenty of time to really get to know the city we already love.
Like I said, a beautiful evening.
We found a quiet field and plopped down with our food. L was enamored with the berries.
She always gets a kick out of places where there’s plenty of room for her to walk around, uninterrupted.
We walked down to the waterfront and discovered a snack bar. Obviously, we had to get some ice cream.
And we got to sit on the beautiful deck to enjoy it.
Before we left, we let L burn off some extra energy at the playground.
I think our picnic at the park was a success. I love watching L explore new places, and even JD said he thought the picnic was fun. Will there be more in our future? Who knows, we have a summer of possibilities before us 🙂