Picture Perfect Cheese.

It’s an absolutely beautifully perfect day today. It reminds me why we choose to live here, and Lord knows I need remindin’ sometimes. The traffic. The high cost of living. The unaffordable homes. At times I want to pack up and move to Texas, but then a day like this comes along and I’m all “hell no! I won’t go!”

I took Gabriella to the park so we could enjoy the beautiful sunshine .

I couldn’t justify staying in this dark, dusty house when there was sunshine, green grass and pretty little birdies singing outside. (It’s been a LONG time since I hit you with The Cheese. You will take The Cheese and you will LIKE IT!)

She loved laying on the grass. But not as much as I loved watching her.
And taking pictures of her. Lots and lots of pictures of her. My God, she is a beautiful baby.
After we were through playing in the wet, cool grass, we walked over to the playground. I wanted to put her in the baby swing and see if she’d enjoy it or if she’d freak out.

She loved it.
She laughed. She squeeled. She kicked her feet. It was incredible to watch.

And yes, I totally cried. Right there at the park while pushing her swing. I couldn’t get over how precious my daughter is.

After much swinging and laughter and quite a bit of farting, we went on a little walk so I could get some exercise in. It wasn’t long before the excitement of the day got to Gabby and she was ready for a nap.
We came home, I kissed her on her cheek and thanked her for a glorious day, then I went to my room, got on my knees and thanked God for knowing I needed her and giving her to me.

45 thoughts on “Picture Perfect Cheese.

  1. Chelle

    What a wonderful world it would be if everyone loved their children as much as you do. (and me too!)
    That picture of her in the swing is great- pure joy!
    She IS a beautiful baby! Glad you’re having a great day…

  2. Kristina

    Awwww she is beautiful and it looks like she had a ball. Y you have a wonderful family. I remember taking my daughter on her first trip to the park as well, she totally loved the swings and slides. See saws and what have you. Beautiful pictures.
    Oh and I’ll answer your email in about two hours when I get my break! 🙂

  3. NinaKaye

    That picture in the swing with her mouth wide open is just too freakin’ cute!!
    But, I have to add Texas rules! It’s the best place I’ve ever lived! (but since the only other place I’ve ever lived is Ohio I don’t have much to compare it to…heh)

  4. geeky

    those are some great photos 🙂
    oh, and because everyone is trying to get you to move to Texas, i’ll add that austin was a great city with beautiful weather!

  5. kristal

    At least if you moved to Texas, you MIGHT be close enough for me to visit!
    I like the one where she is studying the grass the best. So serious!

  6. Nanc'

    She’s a doll but being a fan of Texas, I must point out that they have green grass, lots of sunshine, and little birdies too. Ok, MOST of Texas has that.

  7. halloweenlover

    You actually made me cry a little at my desk. Hello my name is sappy, nice to meet you.
    I love days like this one, where you just have to thank g-d for making you remember how great life is.
    Gabby is so beautiful, what a doll.

  8. Tammy

    Bring on the cheese anytime, if it’s going to be this damn cute! Look at that child! How do you refrain from gobbling her right up?
    She is so lucky to have a mummy like you, who appreciates her and loves her so much.

  9. Suzi

    Cheese is the reason I keep coming back for more! My thirteen-year-old just walked by and declared Gabby the cutest baby in the world. So there you have it. Kelly has spoken!

  10. Chasmyn

    I was reading this while “No Woman No Cry” was playing in the background – particularly the “Everything’s Gonna Be All Right” verse.
    I’m weeping. Well, moved to tears. So so beautiful. You rock.

  11. Eden

    Oh my goodness, what a DOLL she is! My heart is melting looking at those pictures, she truly is a beautiful baby. You can see the sheer joy and discovery in her face. You have every reason to be a proud mama!

  12. Sara

    That girl is just too darn cute.
    Did you know we have parks in Texas? Like, kagrillions of them. And cost of living? totally. cheap. And I? LIVE HERE.

  13. Jenn

    These photos are so sweet they bring tears to my eye! She is amazing. I can’t help but miss my girls being that age, it was so much fun.

  14. girl

    beautiful pictures, Y.
    our 15 month old nephew HATES grass. if you try to put him down with bare feet, he freaks out. we all think it’s hilarious to torture him. he, on the other hand, is not as amused.

  15. Stacey

    heh heh.
    I love the 5th picture. Absolutely fucking adorable. I’d print that one out.

  16. Stacey

    P.S – I love that playground! None of those wood shards that I have here. If you fall and one of those got imbedded in your cut…Yowza.

  17. jen

    Gah woman. You are making my uterus ACHE with all of these pictures!!! lol
    That child is absolutely GORGEOUS.

  18. Dizzy Girl

    Them Chickens Is Ash and I’m Lotion…

    I actually early with this week’s Jambalaya! Woo-dawgy! Real World – I’m the world’s biggest moron. Here’s reason #105: Gennie says: ok i’m back Riika says: wb Gennie says: retrieved my dr. pepper from the freezer 10 minutes later… Gennie…

  19. angela

    i just wanted to say how gorgeous both you AND your daughter are….if i wanted to have children, i hope they’d look like yours!

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