Longwood Gardens

Longwood....Again :-)

Leaving my full-time, full benefit, weekly income job in October was terrifying, exciting, anxiety inducing and one of the best choices I have ever made. While the pennies are being pinched as I am getting this career of mine off the ground, I have had the amazing privilege to see my daughter experience new things and grow up before my eyes. Charlotte still goes to school 3 days a week, otherwise I would get nothing done, but on the days we get together I try not to sit around the house (though some days that is just what we need). One of my best investments was a membership at Longwood Gardens. It has already paid for its self and every morning my daughter asks me if she can "go to the flower show". On a beautiful day like Monday, how could I say no? She is growing up right before my camera and I am so happy to be able to capture it! 

Longwood in April

According to my Timehop, my daughter was wearing a t-shirt and shorts and playing in water on this date last year. Today is the first day where I did not HAVE to put a coat on her, thought she fought to put a coat AND a hat on.  After walking outside, she very promptly removed them. With weather like this, how could I not take advantage of our membership to Longwood Gardens?

After a rough week last week (the vicious stomach bug) I decided a trip somewhere outdoors was in order.  A quick drive to Longwood seemed like a good idea.  Now that Charlotte has grown out of the "I want to pick every flower I see" stage, it has become much more enjoyable to go along. While we have yet to make it to the treehouse, which she would certainly love, we did get a lovely day of looking at flowers, playing in water and greeting every person who walked by. 

I love the audible amazement of my daughter when she walks into the Conservatory to all the beautiful colors.  She made 3 wishes in the fountain, of which she kept secret of course, and searched out the one puddle in the whole place.  She determines the direction we go and I follow.  One day we will make it to all the corners of the Gardens, until then I am happy with her as my leader.