It’s the little things

My favorite place to be is Downtown Indy. I love everything about cities; the people, the buildings, the sights, the smells, everything.

There are so many fun things to do in the city. I love walking down Mass Ave., spending way to much money in Silver in the City; attending concerts in the city; Swing Dancin’ in Fountain Square; spending a day at the Indianapolis Zoo; or simply walking the canal.

Today my boyfriend and I hit the zoo by 10 a.m., because I told him the animals are out more in the morning before it gets too hot, and of course, I was right. 😉

Today was the most perfect zoo day, because it was cloudy but still warm, and literally every animal was out & about. While we were at the zoo, we noticed how run down the exhibits had gotten and how sad it is for those animals to live like that. Most exhibits could’ve used just a little cleaning and a fresh coat of paint, and of course, the given, more space to run/swim. I was a little disappointed in the Indy Zoo and the quality of the zoo these days. We decided we’d rather travel and see those animals in their natural habitat, instead of in tiny, dirty exhibits with nowhere to go. It really broke my heart. 🙁

With that being said, it was still a fun day, perhaps we just outgrew the zoo 😉

After the zoo, we went into the butterfly garden cause it’s included in the ticket, and if you’re gonna pay $16, ya gotta make it worth the money! 😉 Of course, there were ZERO butterflies in the whole garden…lol

We were a tad bit confused, but we decided to make the best of it and head up the stairs to the second level and reenact “Can I Have This Dance” from High School Musical 3, which was obviously golden. 😉

I had only been to the butterfly garden once as a kid, so I didn’t even realize there was an outdoor garden part as well. Boy had I been missing out…

It was seriously so beautiful. I love everything about nature and flowers, and just being outdoors is one of my favorite things to do, and it was gorgeous here. I could’ve spent hours there, but we hadn’t eaten yet by this point, and it was pushing 3 o’clock.

But don’t worry, Camden and I are already discussing having our wedding in the wedding garden. 😉 The White River Gardens will definitely be up there on my list of favorite places to go downtown from here on out.

By now we were basically eating our own arms, so we decided it was time for a late lunch early dinner. Another thing I love to do, like I mentioned before was walk the canal. It’s beautiful, peaceful, and FREE. So we knew we wanted to be somewhere close to the canal and had heard great things about Burgerhaus, so we checked it out.

Bugerhaus had AMAZING burgers, way better than Bru Burger’s in my opinion.

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Their fries and corn on the cob were great, their staff was super friendly, and even their water was good (and you know not all restaurant water is equal).. or maybe we were just starving 😉 Anyways, it was fantastic, and I highly recommend it, plus it’s on the water, it doesn’t get much better. 🙂

While we were there we sat a table away from what I call an “Oh Honey” couple, which basically means they’re just nuggets.. or “cute, little old people,” if you don’t speak my language. I watched as the waitress brought their dessert to their table, sat it down, and said “Your check’s on us today,” smiled, and walked away. The woman burst into tears and couldn’t believe what she had just heard. I though to myself, “Aw that’s so sweet, she just made their day,” but didn’t really think much else of it. A little while later, the woman picks up her cellphone, still overjoyed and on the verge of tears, and calls someone. As soon as they pick up, I hear her exclaim “He’s cancer free!!! The Dr. said he’s cancer free!! So we’re celebrating!!” with tears rolling down her face. I wanted to cry. The amount of joy and relief on her face as she cried, and her husband dabbed tears out of his eyes, was enough to make anyone smile from ear to ear. I later heard her explain that he even almost had died 3 different times because of the cancer. I was SO happy for them, and SO happy Burgerhaus had decided to make their celebration even sweeter by giving them their meal for free. It was such a beautiful thing, and I’m so glad Camden and I got to witness it.

It really reminded me that life is so precious, and we often take it for granted. I believe joy and kindness are contagious, and it was such a blessing to see that in the couple and the waitress. It was really something special, and it made me smile.

Although our experience at the zoo wasn’t A+ and there weren’t any butterflies in the butterfly exhibit, the gardens were beautiful, our lunch was phenomenal, and we got to rejoice with the happy couple about their exciting news. I’d say it was a pretty successful day, and I’m thankful to have gotten to spend it with my amazing boyfriend Camden.

Sometimes when your day doesn’t go as planned or isn’t what you expected it to be, it’s okay and is for the better. Today was one of the best days, and it’s the little things like overhearing a conversation, smelling a beautiful flower, or dancing at the top of the butterfly garden that make this life something special & worth while.

<3 Claire

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” -Robert Brault

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