Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Caldwell Park

The picture that I posted for Wordless Wednesday got a lot of attention. I want to thank my husband for editing the photo. He did a fabulous job. Jeff was also the man behind the camera. I appreciate that. Not only because he is truly gifted with a camera but because while he was snapping away I was playing with my children.


These photo's were taken on the first day of our Christmas Vacation in the middle of our 12 hour road trip to California. We stopped at Caldwell Park in Redding so the kids, dogs, Jeff and I could run and play. I have very fond memories of this park. This is the second time we have stopped here. I think it will be a place that our children remember because once or twice a year we will continue to stop here.

Do you have any places like this from your childhood. A place where you visited infrequently, but is filled with memories? A place that sticks in your mind and as an adult you seek it out so you can see if it is as spectacular as you remembered.

My childhood place is Dennis the Menace Park in Monterey, California. When I was a child my aunt lived in Salinas. When we visited her she would take us to this park. If you are ever in the area, you should visit. It is truly as wonderful as I remember.

Caldwell Park in Redding does not have a great playground like Dennis the Menace Park. Caldwell Park has open spaces with old trees. It is a place where the four of us bind together as a family with the singular objective of having fun. It is a place where we stick together and create our own adventure. Our experiences at this park define our family. We love each other and we enjoy our time together.

When I look at these pictures I realize that I am living the life I always wanted with the family I dreamed I would have.


*This last picture was taken on our July visit.

9 comments:

Rachel said...

Jeff did a great job of editing that picture but it's just adorable with the two of you, too. :-)
Those pics are wonderful.

louann said...

You are so blessed to have a beautiful family =)

The pictures are great too.

Fine For Now said...

Looks like fun, and happy moments :o)

Hey it's Amy Shipp said...

Thank you for puting up the rest of the story, so to speak! I love your pictures! Even prettier in color (and with you in them!) :D Have a great day, I love Love LOVE parks too!

Irene said...

Oh, your husband did a great job with the pictures and the editing! It looks like you had a great time!

Kellan said...

This was a beautiful post to go with those simply wonderful pictures. I love that last one where your family is walking away from you - I would frame that one and put it in my house (maybe in b/w) - I love it. I also loved your last line - wonderful! You are very lucky! Take care and I'll see you soon. Kellan

#1 Dad said...

Wonderful pictures...good for you!

Nap Warden said...

Oops, that last comment was from me...I was logged onto Husbands email...

carrie said...

I guess I missed that WW pic. It's fab! And the story and sentiments behind it are fab, too.