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project gratitude: day thirty-nine.

project gratitude day 39

I am grateful for doing something that I tend to be not so good at:

Going with the flow.

Today we had planned a trip to the farm with a few other homeschooling families.  We have visited this farm every year for the last 2-3 years and it has become a tradition.  The kids love the corn maze and catching up with Farmer Steve. Last year, I wrote about our visit here.  It was an impromptu visit that turned into an amazing day.  Needless to say, I was really excited to return this year.

All was going smoothly this morning.  The kids were up early.  Breakfast and lunch were prepped without much trouble.  I went out to grab some balloons for the maze.  We were all set to leave on time without me running around looking for an errant mitten or favourite cowl.  As I headed out the door, something told me to check the website just in case.

With the kids waiting in the car, I quickly opened up my laptop and checked the address and the hours.  And there it was.  Farm Fall Hours – OPEN: Wed-Sat 10am-7pm.

Damn it.

I quickly texted the other families and went to the car to grab the kids.  I broke the news to them.  They sighed and grumbled and marched back into the house.  Another mom texted about an alternate plan since they were already on the road and had lunches packed.  A part of me wanted to stay home and curl up on the couch with a cup of tea.  I looked at my kids, all layered up in their woolies and outdoor gear.  We all could use some fresh air and Ever-Patient was counting on an empty house to do some work in.

We decided on a park that my kids have never explored.

There were places to climb…

arch climbing

arch climbing 2

Autumn foliage to appreciate and lawns to play games on…

fall foliage 2015

And a trail down to one of the most breathtaking views of our lake that I have never seen before…

beach silhouette

And a little secret beach where the kids spent the afternoon collecting rocks and beach glass…

fall waves

beach glass

It turned out to be a pretty fantastic day outdoors.

I am happy that I was open once again.  I had no idea what to expect today once we knew the farm trip wasn’t going to happen.  All I knew for sure was that staying home and trying to do school work was not going to fly with my folks who expected a field trip.  Today I am grateful that a year has passed since I wrote that blog post and I am still saying YES.  I am grateful that I am still happy.

One year later and I can still marvel at the miracles I get to witness every single day.

Thanks Lynn and Falon for going with the flow today after our change of plans…

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42 days of gratitude…giving thanks to it ALL.

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