It's hard not to be happy these days. Somehow I manage it though. Then I look back at pictures from the last few days and the stress fades from my mind and I am just, happy. How could you not be?
A red wagon from the city, made much happier by a smiley baby in the mountains next to her Papa in his hammock.
Twin darlings happy to be wading in frigid water with their Grammy and Grampapa. The contagious excitement of little girls convinced they can build a dam with their Daddy large enough to stop the entire river. And they can. And they did.
Water and rocks and sunshine and family. My family.
You could stay forever in a place like that. I think I will.
Or here. At the North Carolina State Fair on the busiest day. Despite Ada's forlorn look, so much happiness that day. So much wading through people and eating good (not fried.. honest!) food. So many smiles and baby screeches. Sunshine and that honest tired feeling you get after that long walk to the free lot. And it was worth it.
No excuses. Just me. Happy.