I got in the water. A lot.
I got so. much. sunshine.
I re-learned how to appreciate parks & playground.
We found creative ways to cool off.
I remembered how awesome nature is.
We have taken full advantage of all our city has to offer.
And all that OUR STATE has to offer, for that matter.
I guess what I'm trying to say, is that having children makes everything magical again. Let's face it: we become jaded as we age. We no longer see the wonder in this world as easily as children do when they experience it for the first time. When we are forced to see things from our kid's perspectives - to simply STOP and enjoy the little things - touching a bright flower, feeling water on your skin, stomping your feet in the mud, or climbing up and down the same stair because it's SO AMAZING OMG GRAVITY!!! - when we are forced to do these things, we remember how wonderful they truly are. Would I have ventured into a park that I didn't even know existed, if it weren't for Riley? Nope. Would I have met lots of interesting people and learned lots of new things? Definitely not.
And most of all, would I have this killer tan? Hell no. And that's obviously the biggest win AMIRIGHT?
So thanks, Riley, for making your momma see the magic in the world again. You have taught me so much in your 17 months of life, and I'm forever grateful for it.