As a follow-up to my post on ‘being all in’ with my daughter, I wanted to share our recent “girl date” as we like to call it to the beautiful Irvine Park Railroad and Zoo. As luck would have it, the weather was gorgeous and Fall-like, which is unheard of lately in Southern California. We set off around 10am and had about five hours to explore the scenic grounds, eat lunch, see the animals at the zoo, visit the pumpkin patch, have some snow cones, and take a train ride. I know she needed to have her mama all to herself, and I needed the connection time with her too. She recently transitioned to elementary school and it’s hard to be away from each other for longer periods during the day.
We started out just exploring the park and looking at the pretty Fall colors.
The pumpkin patch part of the park was so festive. My daughter shares a love for Autumn with me – perhaps because it is near her birthday, or maybe I’ve pushed it on her a bit over the years! She keeps asking when it will be time to get all “cozy” in warm pajamas and snuggle and watch movies. Soon, I hope!
Finally, a little dessert and then a train ride to end our perfect day.
I’m so glad she and I had this day together. I feel like it’s so hard to connect sometimes with each child when you have multiple children. I loved getting to focus all of my attention on her for a change. And, at her request, I even wore the little necklace she gave me awhile back.
If it makes her happy, I’m all in.