I have a tendency to be overly sentimental about time passing. I think I started worrying about getting old when I was about 15. I was not one of those kids who wanted to grow up; I knew being a kid was where it’s at.
Anyway, I spend a lot of time fondly remembering (romanticizing?) the past and wondering what the future will be like. I am not always great about being in the moment.
When I stop to think about it though, this time, this particular moment, is definitely one I will be remembering fondly some day. This is an especially enjoyable stage of life and I’m going to really try to stay focused on that and not worry too much about what’s to come. Any tips?
James is at a really fun stage where he is still largely accepting of anywhere we take him, but has long enough stretches of awake time that we can really go do stuff. It’s pretty great.
Saturday was one of the most relaxing days I can remember since he was born. I read outside in the morning with a giant cup of coffee, and I read at night before bed with a glass of red wine. The in between parts were pretty great too.
James took two, hour-plus naps. I only did one productive thing during these naps (made James some healthified zucchini bread), and spent the rest of the time reading. Sure, this was vaguely irresponsible, but so, so worth it.
We also went on a little adventure. One of my goals for the month is to go somewhere new every week. When looking for places to go, I came upon this excellent list of baby / toddler friendly places in Austin. A bunch of them look great, but the first one to call my name was the sculpture garden at The Contemporary. I’m glad I listened.
So I feel kind of like an idiot for not knowing this place existed, but it was super uncrowded even on a sunny Saturday, so maybe it’s not that well known? I don’t know. Anyway, Austin’s modern art museum apparently has a couple of satelite locations, one of which is an art school with a large, woodsy sculpture garden. There are also indoor exhibits, but we didn’t do that part this time.
This is not a big open garden, but rather consists of little winding trails through the woods and along Lake Austin where you’ll be walking and then discover a big sculpture.
I think it’s the feeling of exploring and discovery that make this place particularly delightful. It reminded me of a time my freshman year of college where I went to the National Cathedral at night with some new friends – totally different place, but it gave me the same feeling of entering a different world.
For those familiar with Austin, this place is right by Mount Bonnell. I highly recommend it if you feel like wandering, contemplating, or staring off into space and looking like you have a purpose.
As a bonus, it was right next to a great looking park and nature preserve that may be next on my list of new places! It has a peacock crossing so that has to be a good sign.
Thanks to my husband for many of the pictures in this post 🙂
What was the best part of your weekend?
Do you ever play tourist in your own city?