Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: The Happiest Place on Earth...err...well in Las Vegas

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Happiest Place on Earth...err...well in Las Vegas

I know by my title you were expecting some kind of talk about that character with mouse ears and a mega princess castle....well sorry but I may have mislead you. Although it is popular belief that Disneyland is "The Happiest Place" on Earth....I know all of us book nerds may disagree...we may even say that the library is. I know! I know! Totally cheesy right? Absolutely! Totally Dorky? Heck yes! Do I really think it is the happiest place on Las Vegas? Positively!

When I have a busy day, the library gives me a bit of peace. When the red heads are wild and crazy...and working to achieving a stressed out mama's limit...the library gives me peace. Peace when those munchkins enter and know immediately it is time to whisper. It is no longer time to poke and bug each other. It is no longer time to call each other Joe..... (the boy does this to Miss Priss and it drives her crazy!) It is time to find a book to immerse yourself in and enjoy a few moments in a make believe world.

It is time for Mom to finally sit down and take in page after page of recipes and craft tutorials. It is a real good time. A time to be slow and still.

Since I had children, I always knew I wanted them to be book nerds. I wanted them to appreciate the written word...whatever that word was. I wanted them to find joy in the words that can allow them to become a knight fighting a dragon, a wizard saving the world, or a pirate sailing the seven seas.

I don't know about you, but I can distinctly remember when I would go to the public library as a child. The public library was just minutes from our house..a quick drive for my parents to take me. My book nerd heart was born in that library. It grew as I devoured each book, those sweet librarians let me check out. There were no computers or a fancy check out kiosk, just a simple index card your name went on. I was so happy to get to borrow a book all by myself....with my own card I might add. I still have that card in my wallet. It's long been replaced with a newer version. Each time I come upon it, in that red leather wallet of mine, I smile. I smile and think of library trips, when my dad would drive and we'd listen to The Beach Boys. I'd sing Little Deuce Coup and stare out the window during our five minute drive. These are precious memories to me. Memroies I love to share with my kids as we drive to our local library.

Library trips have become a weekly occurrence. Something we all look forward to. I am thankful for traditions that I had with my parents, which I can pass down to my own littles. I am thankful for sweet red headed book nerds, who make my heart happy every day. I am also thankful for libraries here in Las Vegas. I am thankful for sweet librarians.... who lead my children to new, fun books. Thank you for allowing a mama a little bit of peace in the quietness within your walls. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

XO Danielle

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