30 Days of Thanks: Day 5

Today I am thankful for…sunny days.

“Sunny days, sweeping the clouds away.”

Ah, those glorious words from Sesame Street. Puts a spring in your step, doesn’t it? One of the benefits of living in the south is relatively mild weather year round. Sure, it’s brutally hot in the summer with air so thick you can feel it and we have our share of cold, blustery winter days. But the south does transition seasons marvelously well with warm, green days in spring and crisp, clear days in fall. Add in a two-year-long drought and we have more sunny days than not.

Today is one of those beautiful transition days. Clear, sunny, dry skies with mild temps in the low 70s. One of those days where our outdoor workout was perfect – warm, but not too hot – and the post-workout playground time was fun for moms and peanuts. One of those days where you have to stop and enjoy just how beautiful it really is, basking in the warmth of the sunshine.

Peanut has always loved being outside. He would instantly quiet as a newborn just stepping onto the porch. There were plenty of evenings when the hubby would come home from work to find us sitting on the front porch simply because peanut was happier breathing the fresh air. He hasn’t changed a bit. We spend time outdoors EVERY DAY (unless there is a deluge, which is not too common in these parts lately). As long as it’s above 32 degrees, we’re out there. Bundled up in hats, scarves and mittens in the winter, lathered in sunscreen and hitting the pool when it’s miserably hot in the summer.

I am so excited to spend time with peanut as he grows up doing the outdoor things that I loved doing as a child – hiking in the woods, sailing, camping, picnics, biking, going to the ocean. Days like today give me a glimpse of the future of memories that our family will create. Days outside. Beautiful days. Sunny days.

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