Breathe. Just breathe.
One should never underestimate the impact of a few deep breathes. I've been feeling that as a family, I want us to also take some of the few moments we have, where all of us are together and do simple things to create memories. Go to the park, go for a walk, explore, create, talk, listen and be present in those moments together. A few weeks ago, we made a plan to have a family adventure day, catch the train into the city and visit the new Cultural Arts Centre that has been created around the museum. We invited our good friends (who are considered family) Chris and Aimee and their beautiful children Rahni and Taj. (Unfortunately Chris was unable to join us as he was off photographing a wedding that day. We missed you!)
The girls were so excited to be spending the day together and especially excited about a ride on the train. Rahni could not contain her excitement as we walked across the bridge to the train station. This was her first time on a train! The girls both sat down and nervously awaited the train to move. We were off! It brought me such joy to see their excitement.
Gracie, too cool for school in her Priority Seating.
We arrived in the city in what seemed like no time at all, and after a compulsory coffee recharge, we headed on over to the Music Garden just outside the City Museum. We were there for over an hour and quite frankly, this place is good for the soul. It might be intended for children, but there is something inspiring and invigorating about music outdoors in the fresh air, no matter what your age. You can't help but be a kid in this place. Around every corner was a new instrument and new sounds to explore, new things to climb on, under and around. I think we may have found a new favourite location.
Even the boys joined in on the fun after the woke from their naps.
It was a wonderful morning creating memories and moments together. Gracie keeps asking me if we can go on the train again. I think a return visit will have to be on the cards very soon!