This weekend the cold lifted a bit and the sun made a short appearance! I was looking back at old pictures from last spring and summer today. I could see the beauty in the photos felt its warmth and it overwhelmed me with impatience. This winter has been a long one for a girl who has only experienced the moderate climates of Texas and Miami. Last year at this time, I was too sick with the kidney stone debacle of 2012 so I didn’t even want to or bother to get outside. This year, now that I’m able to move around, not be in pain and know what I’m missing, I’m dying over here!
Zane had a random high fever with a cough this weekend but on Sunday afternoon he seemed in better spirits. His fever wasn’t gone but he looked like he needed fresh air. We went to the forest for a short but nice walk.
It seems so common to me now to say, “oh, we went for a walk in the forest” when just a little over a year ago that would sound completely bizarre.
It used to be 29,000 acres and part of the Ardennes Forest until Napoleon came along and ordered over half of it cut down to build ships to invade England. Way to go Napoleon.
The orange A is where we live and as you can see, that is a pretty big forest. When we first moved here, I had many criteria for our house. One of which was to live close to this forest…because I’m a huge nature nerd if you haven’t figured that out by now.
No one ended up hurt, which is probably a first for a Hawthorne Family weekend.
We went out for only about an hour, because the blue sky quickly faded back to grey and the temperature dropped back down into the 30s. Boo.