I love picnics. Not just a good appreciation but like a child-like obsession. Thinking about having a picnic is the only time I would ever use the word giddy to describe myself. Last week my cousin Kailey and I decided to have one. Being broke but wanting to enjoy the beautiful weather, we met up at the Como Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul. This beautiful place serves as a park, zoo, botanical gardens, and napping area [shoutout to the weird dude passed out under the pine trees]. There was more than enough green space to pick from so we plopped down next to a judge-y statue and got famil(y)arized.
Spending time with family is equally underrated. Memories of getting together with relatives are some of my most treasured from childhood. My favorite part about these gatherings is that even now, after we have all grown up, we still play crazy card games (SPOONS) and make the effort to show up. Even if you aren’t close to your family, gathering with good friends is still just as great. For me, my family consists of some of my closest friends. It’s really awesome to have people apart of you life who are permanent. Sure they can choose not to participate in 9 Innings or PIT (both great card games), but no matter what they can’t change the fact that we are related. Meaning they’re all stuck with me forever. Muahahahah! It’s kind of like having a cat; they’re forced to
pretend to love you.
Anyways, family is awesome and picnics are awesome. After our lovely catch-up session we headed to go look at the Zen Gardens to work on out chi. It’s nothing huge, but they do have a pretty impressive collection of bonsai trees (my first On Mondays We Inspire Post is a picture of an azalea bonsai they have there.) Following in my mother’s footstep, I am completely obsessed with taking pictures of everything. So to make sure we had the most successful trip possible, my cousin brought her camera and we snapped the day away.
Here are some of our glamorous photos from that days ‘shoot’:
I harbor no shame in how many of these we actually took.
So as you can tell we had way too much fun that day. I hope this encourages you to go out and have a picnic of your own. Hang out with some family (or friends) and relax in the fact that no matter how weird you are, they can’t judge you. [If they do judge you they are only making fun of themselves because you’re related. So jokes on them.] I would love to hear about you picnic stories so please feel free to share. Now go enjoy the beginning of summer!
Hugs & Kittens
* If you want to see more pictures I took of some of the plants at the conservatory be sure to check out this Saturday’s post: All Flowers ‘Errythang.