Today, I am thankful for the beauties of the earth. Hasn't Heavenly Father blessed us with the most amazing planet to enjoy. I've always LOVED late fall/winter time until I had kids and then it was really hard to not be able to let 3 little, wild, and crazy boys outside to play. Now they are ALL old enough to play outside in the snow and be just fine. We just bundle them up like the little boy on A Christmas Story and they're good to go. The best part, I get to still love late fall/winter! I think I like it so much because this time of year just seems so magical, what with Thanksgiving and celebrating Christmas from the day after Thanksgiving all through til January 1st. I love Christmas trees and decorations. Going for rides to look at Christmas lights. Hot cocoa. Warm, snugly sweaters, and blankets. Cute boots. Nativity sets. Christmas programs. The Nutcracker. Christmas dresses for my daughter and nice sweaters or sweater vests for my sons. The music. Who doesn't love Christmas music?! The feeling of looking out the window and seeing a blanket of snow on everything. There is something so peaceful about that. (As long as you don't have to drive in it.) Icicles. Making snowmen and snow angels. Snow covered trees. Seeing the lights on Temple Square. Christmas movies. And just think about a lot of the best movies ever, that are set at Christmas time because...hello, it's magical and so romantic. For example...Serendipity, While You Were Sleeping, The Holiday... I could go on and on.
Springtime is so incredibly beautiful! I absolutely love seeing all of the pretty tulips, daffodils, and lilac trees in bloom. The grass begins to turn green. The trees begin to grow leaves again. The world begins to have color and life again. Isn't it fun to see all of the cute little lambs, colts, and calfs. The air starts to warm up again a little bit so that we can pull out our light jackets, capri's and flip flops.
Summertime is so much fun! I never was very thrilled about it before I had those 3 little boys I talked about earlier. It is wonderful to be able to just let them be free and play outside without coats, boots, gloves. I loved seeing my babies chubby little legs and arms when they started wearing shorts and short sleeves. It's such a beautiful time of year, too. We love to see waterfalls, rivers running, The Garden's at Thanksgiving Point. Everything is colorful and lovely.
And living in Utah is really fun when Fall comes along. I had never seen such spectacularly colored leaves of trees as when we moved to Utah from Kansas. I still remember how awe inspiring it was the first time we drove through Price/Spanish Fork Canyon in the Fall. The mountains in Utah are just beautiful no matter what time of year it is, but I especially love it when they are full of beautiful fall leaves. I just can't get enough of it! And, seeing Temple Square this time of year is my new favorite!
There are so many gorgeous places in our state, our country, and all over the world that I would just LOVE to see some day. This earth was not made by accident. There was so much thought and science to it. Heavenly Father and Jesus are so amazing! The beauty of it is such an amazing gift to all of us! Sometimes I think we just get so wrapped up and caught up in the stress and duties of daily life that we forget to look around us and savour the beautiful world we live in.