Our Friday night date!
Over the last year a ride on the carousel has become much more than just a date night activity. We have moved around quite a bit, we’ve spent 4 summers in different states for work and a winter semester away for an internship. Our move to Portland this summer proved to be much more difficult for Gracie than our previous moves. It was the first time she worried about whether or not we would be going back to our house. She missed her toys and her bed and her little table. Her friends and her cousins weren’t there, it was all so unfamiliar, and we just couldn’t seem to get her settled. After she threatened to runaway to Utah (which was a frightening foreshadow to the drama that could be her teenage years), my sweet Matthew got us in the car and drove us, literally, all over Portland looking for a carousel. We drove for nearly 2 hours before we found one operating. I will never forget the joy on her face as she held her ticket and waited for her turn. For some reason the familiarity of it did so much more to comfort her anxious mind than anything else we had done…and while she still didn’t like Portland, she at least agreed to stay.
We look forward to our night out with the girls every week. It’s our time to slow down from busy schedules and enjoy each other…and we know the first time they don’t demand the carousel it will absolutely break our hearts!
|A few of our favorites!|