After making it through the first few hard months of caring for our infant we decided to keep our goals for the year small, but intentional. A personal goal of mine is to remember people’s names better when I first meet them. Remembering someone’s name always makes them feel noticed and that’s what I strive for. I’ve always been terrible at this and I think I’ve actually been doing better these past few months simply by being mindful.
For family goals this year we want to wake up together in the morning and sit around our table to enjoy breakfast together. After months of sleeping in shifts this has been such a lovely addition to our lives. Next on our list was to prioritize more adventures on the weekends. When I say adventure that means getting dressed and out the door, spending a few hours out on a Saturday. Nothing fancy, nothing far away, simply intentional family time together.
Our first trip wasn’t too far. We drove out to Rock Hill South Carolina, only a 35-40 minute drive away. After Felicity’s morning nap anyone watching us pack up our car would have thought we were headed to the beach with all of the snacks, sunscreen and sun wear we brought.
We parked across the street from fountain park since we knew Felicity would love to see the huge fountain up close. This girl loves water and I don’t blame her, I’m also a lover of fountains.
We walked down Main street stopping into a gift shop, record shop and used book store. We had crispy brick oven pizza for lunch, Amelie’s for dessert and our regular afternoon coffee. Our trip only lasted for about 3-4 hours but with a baby it felt like a whole day!
Mother’s Day weekend we drove Uptown to take Felicity to Imaginon the children’s library. Over the past 4 years I’d brought my nanny boys here and imagined this very moment with a baby of my own on my hip.
Our baby girl was so sleepy after exploring on this trip.
Her green sticker reads I attended the Musical Petting Zoo. Just past the front desk in a small room was this event Brandon spotted simply from the sound of trumpets and other instruments bellowing within. Felicity sat upright in her stroller, curious about it all. She was the smallest one in there but the djembe was just her height and age shouldn’t matter when it comes to learning new things. She was a little small to try the Cello or the Saxophone but she enjoyed the drums and cymbals. No surprise there, we have a drummer on our hands.
Showing our daughter the world we live in has been everything we hoped for when we were trying to conceive. It’s one of the most exciting parts of parenthood which I always knew would be true for us. Every new thing she learns or sees I’m trying my hardest to take a mental picture. Capturing photos for her sake but also being in the moment before it flutters away and is gone forever.