Hi there and happy Monday! Mike had to work a good portion of the weekend and because it was cold again and we've been itching with cabin fever, I felt a huge need to bust out of the house for a bit with June. We ended up at the Tropical Greenhouse at the Experimental Farm (where we took June's first year photos and our family photos under the Apple Blossoms last year... apparently one of our favourite places to visit in Ottawa!). For the past week I've been running errands at Lowes and Home Depot in hopes that their indoor garden centres will be open and we can just catch a bit of that warmth; but every trip we've returned home as chilly and vitamin D deprived as when we left (because honestly when the ground is still frozen solid it makes sense that their sales centres are closed...).
So i sincerely feel like we struck gold in seeking out the greenhouses at the Experimental Farm - it was just what I've been craving... and I think June too based on her smile in these pictures. We ended up walking in the doors around 10 am on Sunday morning and immediately shed our coats and our sweaters. The two couples who were already there left shortly after, leaving the entire greenhouse to june and i. And it was the best. The way the sun hit us square in the face, the sound of running water, the smell of things that are alive... the HEAT. It was like a mini getaway to somewhere tropical. We spent a good hour just looking at the flowers and playing hide-and-seek together (I use the term hide-and-seek loosely because it's more like a game of "I'll-cover-my-eyes-and-you-pretend-you-can't-see-me" when you play with june.) It actually makes me laugh a lot. because she's so sweet and happy and spending time with this girl is a gift. sometimes I pinch myself that she's mine and that we just get to do stuff like this together. we missed having daddy along because it was a neat little corner of Ottawa to explore, but i like our adventures. especially one like this that felt like we had our own private peace of paradise in a cold, lost, tundra of a city.
Also, is it obvious from these pictures that my daughter just never stops moving? because she doesn't. i was worried about not having time at the gym this pregnancy; but i've substituted an hour workout a day with living on a constant treadmill that is chasing after this little hamster.
hide-and-seek!!! ^^^^ Can you see her smile with her eyes! i LOVE that.
Oranges! well, kumquats. but oranges to june and i :)
do you know what it's like to be a toddler and to not be able to run around for the better part of 4 months because the snow is too deep? this is independence day!! ^^^
ha! after we got home june kept talking about the "pickies" - i think that i must have said not to touch because the cacti "pick" lol.
If it has been eternal winter where you are too, my heart goes out to you <3 to the rest of you; please..... just don't tell me otherwise ;)