grateful heart monday

Long walks & Fairytales (A Grateful Heart)

March 16, 2015
Oh, man. Anyone else have a great weekend?! Is it not AMAZING what warm temperatures and sunshine can do?! Not only did spring officially arrive in these parts (did that sound kinda southern?! I feel like it’s just going to sneak up on me or something) but Christian and I truly had the best time, with lots of dates all weekend. We’ve been going on super long walks together every day and it’s become the number one thing I look forward to. There is a pathway behind our house that travels alongside a river and we can walk it for almost 4 miles. We’re so obsessed with doing this every day that we even went in the rain on Saturday. It feels really nice to get outside… in MARCH! 
One of my most favorite parts of the weekend though was when I somehow conned Christian into taking me to see the new Cinderella movie πŸ˜‰ Cinderella has been my favorite fairytale since I was little- in fact, Disney’s Cinderella was the very first movie I saw in the theater. I’ve been talking about the new Cinderella since the first time I saw a preview – months, I tell you! Months of telling Christian how excited I was to see this movie, always saying it like it was the first time I was sharing the news with him. Well bless the man because Saturday he took me on this movie date and the entire way to the theater, I talked about how I hoped they’d be selling crowns or maybe one of those light-up princess wands. (They weren’t selling any, for the record.) 
Yes, I’m 31 years old but you know what? In the darkness of the theater, no one could see how I clasped my hands the entire time, tearing up throughout. It was in the first 15 minutes I realized how I seriously felt like a 6 year old sitting in my seat but then realized, seriously? Sometimes it feels really, really nice letting yourself believe in a fairytale like you did when you were young. And so, I did. I put my adult logic to the side and I soaked in every minute of that movie. And when the fairy godmother turned Cinderella’s ragged dress into a beautiful, sparkling gown and the little girls sitting behind me stood up from their seats to clap and squeal? I couldn’t help but smile, my heart wanting to burst. No matter how old we get, I think there’s an importance in letting ourselves go every now and then… to feel like a kid again… to not take everything so, so seriously. For just a moment to pretend we’re the beautiful girl in the sparkling blue dress, walking down the stairs to meet our prince charming.

I’d glanced at Christian in that moment, really to see if he’d noticed the tears falling down my cheeks, and as he watched the screen with a smile on his face, he leaned over and whispered, “That’s exactly how you looked to me when I first saw you walking down the stairs in the train station… in your blue coat. Remember that? You looked so, so pretty.” 

Today, I am grateful for dreams and fairytales. For movies that remind you of what it feels like to be a kid again. For stories that remind you of the importance of kindness and courage, the reminder that even through the storms, you can still be kind. But most of all, I’m grateful for my very own prince charming… who takes me to see my favorite fairytale movie…. who lets me get lost in the dream if only for a couple of hours. And while real life may not always be a fairy tale, gosh – I wouldn’t have it any other way.  
What are you grateful for? 

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  • I think of this C.S. Lewis quote: "Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." But now you get to watch them too! And yes, who would want a "dream life" when real life is so much better? It's not perfect but at least it's real πŸ™‚
    Good job taking Emily to see Cinderella, Christian. πŸ˜‰

  • Yes!! Such a perfect quote – I'd forgotten about that one! πŸ™‚

  • I love this! Never give up on the fairy tales. πŸ™‚

  • Awww that's so sweet. Even in the way you write it I could feel the excitement escalating haha.
    Long walks are actually really good for us too. It's a time where I find dan really opens up and feels more inclined to chat about gross feelings and stuff with him doing something instead of just sitting down and saying right lets chat. I can't wait to see that movie either btw!! I'm taking it was good ☺️

  • We have spent every possible moment outside too and it has been so good for our souls. You forget how much your body needs vitamin D until you spend an hour in the sunshine and feel like a new person.
    Girl, in high school we would park on the street in our then vacant downtown and turn up the Cinderella soundtrack as loud as my car stereo would go and dance in the street with princess crowns. I do not care how old you are, you are NEVER too old to be a princess. I can't wait to see the movie!! Once Upon a Time does nothing to discourage my love of fairy tales either. Happy Monday sweet friend!

  • I am SO excited for this movie. I am an adult and I love fairy tales, that's the line I'm sticking to! I took my boyfriend to see Frozen when it came out, just the two of us.

  • I literally just went, "Awwwwwwwww!!!!" Ya'll are so sweet to me! Isn't this warm weather just to.die.for?! I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to con Hunter into taking me to see this movie too lol!

  • OH my gosh, this is so sweet!! You and Christian are just adorable!!!

    I need to start going on more walks with Walter…I'm just not a fan of walking around my neighborhood (not the safest/most comfortable place to walk).

  • Awww, what he said to you is SO sweet, how lovely! I want to see Cinderella too!! I love fairy tales, I don't care how unrealistic they are!

  • AWWWW! You went to see Cinderella and you had Prince Charming sitting next to you the whole time! Awesome.

    I really want to see it too…and yep, I'm a 31 year old woman too! ;o)

    V
    Life+1

  • Liz

    Love this!! We can't wait to see it. And I totally, totally agree about letting yourself "go" to feel like a little kid again. I did some swinging yesterday in the warm sunshine…the girls were laughing…loved it. It was perfect…great post <3 xoxo

  • Dance With A Dolly

    I'm so excited to see Cinderella. I asked my daughter if she wanted to go and she screamed "NO!" So much for that, hopefully the hubby will bring me next time we can get away for a date.

  • That is THE BEST story ever! Seriously, Em you have an amazing guy! I'm so happy for y'all. and YAY for seeing Cinderella! I'm trying to convince Josh that we HAVE to go see it, but we'll probably end up seeing Insurgent instead. (no complaints with either from me though). haha. I'm so glad y'all had an amazing weekend and how fun that you have a little trail to explore!

  • This is so adorable and your hubby sounds like a real sweetie! Sometimes it's just so great to curl up with a Disney movie or old cartoon and enjoy it like a kid! My husband definitely won't go with me to see the movie, but my grandma loves Lily James (from Downton Abbey) so maybe I'll take her!

  • This was a beautiful story and definitely something that brightened up my Monday morning!

  • this is So sweet and i am happy you let your mind go fully back to when you were 6 years old and everything felt just a bit simpler and with a touch more magic. it raaaained all weekend in portland but earlier in the week was glorious sunshine so i couldn't be too mad at it!

  • What a beautiful post! Christian is a real sweetie πŸ™‚
    I am a sucker for all things romantic and fairytale, so I have to admit, I'm always delighted when Bug asks to watch Frozen or The Little Mermaid πŸ™‚ feeling 6 years old isn't a terrible thing ! So glad you had a great weekend. Still not spring here but we are slowly getting there, it's at least above freezing! I can't wait until it's time for long walks up here…!

  • Anna

    You totally made me want to see Cinderella…and soon! Love the walks πŸ™‚

  • We went to see it on friday! And I teared up several times, too. I'm so glad they decided to make a version with actors.

  • Awe, this is beautiful Emily. Cinderella looks like such a good movie, I'm glad you not only enjoyed it but loved it like you were a little kid again. It's nice to know we can still access the little kid inside all of us.

  • I haven't seen it yet, but this post made me tear up! What a sweet memory Christian has of seeing you! Glad the weather was better so you could enjoy some walks; hopefully spring is here to stay!

  • This post filled me with so much joy. And your husband is utterly amazing πŸ™‚

  • I can't wait to see the new Cinderella! I'm a huge Disney fan πŸ™‚

  • I love this post especially πŸ™‚ I also love how, like me, it’s the simplest of things that fills your heart with gratitude and love. I know Christian sees this in you. It’s fun to see how Cinderella has played a role in your life, even into adulthood, and through this post I’ve been reminded that although we grow up, we should always find the time to let that little girl inside us play!

  • I loved this SO much!! I took my daughter yesterday. She had read the book and was just dying to see it. It's been in the works for weeks, and I took her on Saturday, only to arrive and find that my youngest had toodled off wth my wallet, so we had to come home. She was a bit crushed- thankfully we made it the next day and ate mass snacks and both cried near all of it:)

  • Amen!! πŸ™‚

  • Walking is SO good for good & honest talks πŸ™‚ Tell me what you think of the movie when you see it!

  • Meg!!!! We totally would have been friends in high school! ha!! I LOVE the Cinderella soundtrack! (So This Is Love is my fave!)

  • That's so cute, Llinos!! ha! I could not get Christian to watch Frozen with me so I was pretty excited when he told me he was taking me to Cinderella πŸ˜‰

  • THAT I would love to see!! I would imagine he would take you to any movie, Kel. (And if he objects, just remind him of the snake thing you went to for him!)

  • I know it, Steph. There were only certain areas in Chicago I really liked walking around. (And I can hardly ever take Oooj because he gets tired and wants to go back home within 4 blocks ha!)

  • Go see it, Julia!! You will love it. (They are getting ready to come out with a new Peter Pan movie too – it's the prequel, basically the story of Pan) πŸ™‚

  • πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ That's pretty much how I felt! (I want to know your thoughts on it once you see it, V!)

  • Oh, Liz- I kept thinking – if I had little girls it would be the BEST experience to take them to see it! Have so much fun!! πŸ™‚

  • haha!! Fingers crossed your hubby will go!! πŸ™‚

  • He is a good, good man πŸ™‚ And we will be seeing Insurgent too, of course! I can't wait!

  • My mom has collected all of the Disney movies, but they are VHS haha πŸ˜‰ So now I've started collecting the dvds so we can actually watch them. And YES! Take your Grandma!! How sweet would that be?!

  • I'm so glad, Kati! πŸ™‚ This made me smile!

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  • Katherine Lacabe

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  • chall1018

    First of all, how cute are you two? I am so glad y’all had a great weekend and yay for warmth and sunshine! So good for the soul! I am so jealous of the path/creek that runs behind your house. Sounds dreamy! And I love that you guys went on the walk even in the rain! And this post makes my heart so so happy! I love how you love the Fairytale of Cinderella. And Christian’s comment to you? Melt my heart! For real!

    PS – We are going to Disney in May and I know that I am going to be in that same state! It will be so exciting to let go and just enjoy the most magical place on Earth…and to see it all through Mason’s eyes is going to be the biggest blessing!

  • So even though I don't know X, I think he is pretty amazing. I love that he said that to you…such a sweetheart. I can't wait to see this movie. Like you I think it will take me back to being younger. I have heard it's done beautifully. Missed the link up again this week…. πŸ™

  • Oh my goodness I loved this post so much. Hooray for your prince!
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  • Ashleigh

    Thank you for hosting! Have a wonderful week! And very sweet post!! xx Ashleigh @SimplyWright

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  • This comment from you totally made me smile, Crystal πŸ™‚ Your trip to Disney is going to be AMAZING!!!! I still remember when I went – it was SO magical. My parents said for the first 30 minutes I just kind of aimlessly walked around with my eyes wide and my mouth hanging open – I think I was in shock. Mason will never forget it!!

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    (Lady, I missed yours as well, AND I don't have a post for today. Whew! Some weeks are just crazy!! Tribe for life!) πŸ™‚ XO

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  • Thank you, Ashleigh!!! Hope you have a great weekend!

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