The Up and Up

These pictures are from Friday when it felt a whole lot like spring instead of winter. It was one of those days that idealistic moms-to-be daydream about as they rub their pregnant bellies

Benton and I woke up and he gave me a bunch of kisses and said “I ooou.” This is his short version of “I love you.” We had breakfast  and then went out to Grant Park.

He is completely obsessed with stairs since it is his latest skill, so I thought it would be fun to go to the statue of Grant and let B loose onto the hill. He went nuts for about an hour or so. It was nearly 50 degrees outside, and the sun was almost warm.

I offered him my hand a few times to see if he wanted help on the way down the stairs. Denied. BIG KID. I get it.

After all those stairs, we went to a new restaurant in my south loop hood called Waffles. I was so happy, just sitting there on my date with little B after a fun morning in the park. The waffles were perfect. Sometimes life is so good and simple.

Benton then passed out in the stroller on the way home, and I transferred him to the bed without any trouble. We both napped. Then we went to another park in the afternoon with a million other neighborhood kids. This is completely bonkers in January. The sunset blew my mind. I ended the day with a fabulous tapas dinner with good friends and stayed out way past my bedtime. Just a really sweet day, no?

Not every day is like last Friday. Especially in the winter. Today, I found myself in the familiar winter funk again today. I wish I could say that it wasn’t common for me to feel this way, but I can’t claim that. I don’t like my mood to be so dependent on the weather and I would do almost anything not to feel this way. But it’s extremely hard for me to control. So grey is what I felt. This winter has been so mild so far, that it makes me feel even more silly to feel so low.

I have probably written about winter sadness every year on this blog. I’m tired of writing about it and certainly tired of feeling it. But I figure I may as well stick a few paragraphs in here at the end of some pretty pictures and get it out-of-the-way for 2012. So there you go.

I know that getting out of the house and getting exercise helps. Seeing friends and not being alone too much helps. And sometimes comfort food really does help. Taking photos and posting them here helps me end the day end on a good note. So thanks, little blog. You do me good.

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6 responses to “The Up and Up

  1. I’m mad at myself for not leaving the house today. But hey, I did shower and fold two loads of laundry.

    Glad you had such a good Friday.

  2. Love this post and your happy day so much. I can’t wait for stuff like this! I’m taking vitamin D this winter and feel a lot better.

  3. Thanks for sharing about your awesome day with Benton, Megan. And showing of B’s new “skills” – bless his little independent heart! We ooou, too!

  4. What an absolutely great day.

  5. Benton is a big kid. Benjamin still likes help negotiating stairs. At least I keep offering help and he keeps taking it. That sunset is stunning. Hooray for a good day, even if there are crappy ones too.

  6. I get The Winter Funk too. And you’re right- seeing friends helps me SO MUCH! I mean, talking for 3 seconds to the lady at the Target checkout doesn’t work as well as seeing someone that you can FEEL actually cares about you!

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