Going to the park alone creeps me out. (There are always a couple of shady guys hanging around. Without kids. Lunch break, maybe?) Sometimes when I get in the mood to go somewhere, I want to go right then, which is why I didn't try to find someone to go with me. So, we packed some snacks and ventured off to the Oakland Temple grounds. It's quiet, peaceful, free of shady loiterers, and there's even music playing. Just the thing to quiet my frazzled nerves.
When we drove up, Sophie saw the temple and her face instantly lit up. She put her thumbs and index fingers together to form a triangle, which is what the younger kids do at church when they sing, "I Love to See the Temple".
It's been really rainy here, and we've been cooped up inside too long. I needed out. So did Sophie. And off she went. Sometimes she came back, and sometimes she didn't.
The flowers were beautiful and blooming all over the place. I saw these fuchsia flowers and had to snap some shots. They were gorgeous. I don't know what they were (some help from my horticulture guru friends...?), but they looked like a cross between a tulip and a lily - two of my favorites. I didn't notice until we got home that they were the same color as Sophie's jacket.
Ivy slept the entire time, which is good because I had to chase Sophie all over the grounds. Sophie was exhausted and zonked out in the car on the way home. . . and for three hours after that. This little trip was good for all of us. I love to see the temple, too. :)