Lovely little things, 12


Another round up of this week’s lovely little things.


lovely little wayward tulip

yeah, the park again!

running at the park

I know, I  know, three weeks now and all I can talk about is the park. But seriously, friends, we really missed the park. And Monday evening was made for the park. After we got home from school and work we loaded up the stroller and headed off, without jackets! And the running and the swinging and the sliding, it was oh so good. And baby boy makes me hella nervous with his climbing and running and his four-year-old sense of adventure trapped in a one-year-old’s body way of life but even with my fretting and following and jumping every time he teetered near the edge of the slide, that half hour at the park was so good for my soul.


next door dinners

Bad neighbors are bad and ok neighbors aren’t much better. But wonderful neighbors will change your life. We got lucky when we moved here two years ago to inherit the absolute best neighbors I’ve ever known. They are there for us when we’re sick, when we need a babysitter, when we need a friend to talk to, and without a doubt when we’re ready to celebrate. And on Saturday night, we celebrated. No specific occasion, because none is needed when you just enjoy getting together with the people who can walk to your house. And the kids ran and played and the adults drank wine and ate delicious food and talked and I got so caught up I didn’t realize that bedtime had come and gone until it was nearly an hour later. And that is just how rainy Saturday evenings should be.

perks of not being a wallflower

I still remember the first comment I got on my blog. It was from a rather popular blogger and she commented only because I had linked to her in my post and I think she felt obligated. I felt immediately amazed and confused and self conscious and nervous. Someone else was reading my stuff. Someone other than my husband. It was scary.

Since then, this little space has grown. Not astronomically, I still feel as though I know each of you by name and, in many cases, your kids’ names. But it has grown. And I have grown. And I’ve found the capacity for digging deep and revealing more of myself and sharing more of myself. And because of that, I’ve met amazing people and enjoyed some truly lovely opportunities. This was one of those weeks of opportunities. Lots of places to write for and lots of things to write about and lots more people to meet and connect with and I’m just so grateful for it all.

for a cause


This week’s cause at Sevenly is Autism Speaks. If you’ve never supported a Sevenly charity before, make this the week you start. I have to stop myself from buying something every single week and I cherish the Sevenly shirts I have like no other. This week, $14 of every item purchased will fund locating devices and other tools for low income families of children with autism prone to wandering. After reading Shell’s post this week on the same topic, we all have a connection and real life stories to remind us why it is so important to support this cause.

favorite words

This conversation between me and my girl:

me: Do you feel like a room without a roof?

her: No!

me: Do you know what happiness is to you?

her: Yes!

me: Good!

me: So… what is happiness to you?

her: Mommy and Daddy!

Don’t ever grow up, my love.


Happy Spring weekend!


  1. Aw!
    And that looks like quite a park. We just renewed our passes for 2014. Looking forward to getting back in the groove. I LOVE the park.
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  2. That park looks great! Heck I talk about play dates every week. Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’d imagine we’d spend our mornings at the park or beach. So glad your little space on the net is growing!
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  3. What a gorgeous conversation you had with your daughter 😀 Lovely indeed.
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  4. Lovely little things are really the big things, aren’t they?
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  5. Oh you keep on keeping on about that park! One day we will eventually get to hang up our winter coats. Man has this winter been brutal.
    You’re so right about the neighbors and it’s awesome that you have a wonderful group of them.
    And no one, no one knows how awesome blogging is until they’ve tried it. It is amazing how we can form such close bonds with people that we’ve never met in real life.
    Have a wonderful week! And more park!!
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  6. I grew up with amazing neighbors. I was in and out of their house as much as my own, it sometimes seemed. I know I felt completely at home there. We’re lucky, too, because we moved into a neighborhood with lovely neighbors. That’s truly something to be thankful for.
    But I’m quite taken by that wayward tulip, too!
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  7. This post had me at the tulips! Tulips are my favorite flower and those are beautiful, even the little wayward one. I’m so happy that you got to the park again. It can’t happen enough and I love to know you got to go. By the look of the pic, it was perfect. Your rainy Saturday night sounds pretty fantastic too!
    What a sweet conversation between you and your daughter. My daughter is eleven and we still have the best conversations.
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  8. I can’t wait for trips to the park – and I am sure I will want to talk about them too. It has been a long winter. 🙂
    And I love the little conversation you had with your daughter – so precious!
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  9. I love love love that your reach is getting bigger and more people are reading your gorgeous words. I love that you are growing and taking risks and meeting new people…

    I love all your lovely things, but especially that.

    I think you are amazing. 🙂
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  10. not winter!! not winter!!

    (lol my writing skills will improve but there are some sentiments that are simpler to express than others)
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  11. We’ve missed the park too!!! Oh so much. So happy that the weather is finally turning a bit. And I’m so glad that you blog and share your beautiful words Tricia.
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  12. WAIT. Is that first park Clemjontry (or however you spell it)???? In McLean???????? OMG – weird. First time here, hosting the TToT and wow, please tell me I’m not crazy.
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  13. those of us who’ve been around here a while love to see where your writing has taken us. Not only in your world, but in a glimpse of you, the way you’ve grown as a writer and mom.

    The park – for this dad, those days were wrought with angst! Little kids way up in the sky. I know that’s not reasonable, but I always feared my girls would fall off something way up high and I wouldn’t be there to catch them.
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  14. This IS what it’s all about, no? Finding joy in the everyday life of being with our loved ones, watching these little humans learn and grow and experience life? Their wise words touch our hearts deeply. Lovely blog you have! GAil
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