Yesterday, we were pretty tired from the party we attended the night before. I didn’t drink and Sean didn’t overdo it but we were up late and, apparently, we’re getting too old for that. LOL Anyway, I had told Sean previously that one thing I wanted to do on New Year’s Day was get out and shoot some pictures with my new lens. We got kind of a late start so we had to stick with going somewhere close by. The only problem with that was I couldn’t think of anywhere that we hadn’t been already that I would enjoy taking pictures. Sean made a suggestion and, while I wasn’t completely wild about it, we all packed up and headed out to the library.
The library that’s close to our house is situated on a beautiful plot of land that, for many years, was protected as a wildlife sanctuary. I remember being a little girl and riding by the property, wondering what kinds of critters lived in there. Now it’s been divided into a housing subdivision, the American Hebrew Academy, and a shopping center. In the midst of all this development on an oasis sits the library. There is a walking trail that begins just off the parking lot and that is where we began our journey.
There are the three men in my life and I love them so much. Look at my amazing husband. Not only did he get me the camera that started this whole obssession of mine, but he supports me in the pursuit of this hobby in every way. He carries my bag chock full of camera supplies so I’m free to move around. Isn’t that sweet? Before we left the house, he was teasing me because I’d bought myself some new editing software and a new lens right after Christmas. I said, “well, hopefully the money I’ve spent is an investment. Maybe I can get good enough to make money at it.” People, this man, who never ceases to surprise me, looked at me and said, “Evie, I don’t care if you ever make a dime at this. The only investment I want to make is in your happiness.” Oh. My. God. Can I just tell you how much I ADORE him???
Back to the hike…
Then there were a host of things that I saw that I thought were really neat but have no idea what they are. Do any of you know?
While I was taking pictures, Sean and the boys were just having a good old time running along the trail, pretending to be their favorite characters (the kids, not Sean!), and just enjoying the outdoors. We came to the end of the section of trail we were on and had to cross the street to continue our adventure. As we traveled down the trail, we came to what Iain called, “The Great Wall of Target”. It’s the back of the Target Shopping center!
Then we headed back, passed the field of cat tails…
got in the car and started back home. It was a phenomenal hour and a half and it filled my heart with so much love for my family that I began to feel like my cup runneth over. What a way to spend the first day in 2008!