Today is National Picnic Day, and when I heard that, it made me think of some of the memorable picnics I have been on.

There have been many picnics over the years with my children at a park.  They were mostly impromptu.  I would pack them a lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, cookies and a drink and head to the playground.  I loved these days when they were young and they thought this was such a big day.  Sometimes these simple picnics only occurred in the backyard.  I now look forward to days when I get to share picnics with my grandchildren.

Two years ago, I surprised my husband with a lunch time picnic  on our anniversary.  I packed a picnic basket and hid it in the trunk.   I drove him to a park near our house.  Ft Boreman Park.  It overlooks the Ohio River and  Blennerhassett Island.                  picnics, parkpicnics, ft boreman park, anniversary,

I had decided that a picnic can be romantic instead of just food from a basket.  I wore a long flowered dress with a big summer hat.  

picnics, parkI set a picnic table with some heart shaped glasses, dishes, and tea candles.  Our food was very simple finger foods.  We had the best time just talking and walking around the park. 

The afternoon felt very romantic and he enjoyed it more than when we went out for dinner that evening.

The following year I decided to do the lunch time  picnic again on our anniversary.  Bob had just finished chemo and radiation treatments for cancer a few months prior to this and every day felt like it was  a precious gift to enjoy.picnics, parks


We went to the same park. Ft Boreman Park.   picnics

picnics, park, anniversaryI decorated the picnic table  with a tablecloth, flowers and candles.  When we first arrived, there were a lot of people there on their lunch break and we looked a little out of place with our table-setting but most of them gave us a big smile.  It was a beautiful day and we felt like everything was so perfect in the world from our view. 

I think we will keep this tradition of a picnic on our anniversary.

Last month we drove 5 hours to visit our grandsons in NC so I packed a picnic lunch for us to have on our driving break.  We stopped at a beautiful rest area in NC and really enjoyed sitting there eating, watching people and getting some fresh air.  Roadside picnics are so much better than fast food stops on a trip.

We have been working so hard around our home the past few weeks doing big projects and by evening we are ready to drop. 

Wednesday  morning we were taking a walk, and Bob told me that he wanted us to go on a picnic that afternoon. 

picnics, parks We just bought sandwiches at Subway on our way to the park!   We talked, walked around the park and felt refreshed to tackle more projects at home.

picnicsWe attempted a selfie but we are very bad at this.  We were laughing so hard because I kept cutting someone’s head off.

The sternwheeler will be running to Historic Blennerhassett Island soon,  so we have decided that we are going to take a picnic and spend the day on the island.

We are never too old for picnics.  Pack a lunch, go to a beautiful outside area with someone you love, and enjoy the day. 


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  1. What fun! In the flurry of being delighted over grandparenthood, I sometimes forget “good old grandpa” who helped make it all possible! This post reminded me of the one and only time I surprised him with a picnic lunch stop at a scenic hilltop at our zoo. Perhaps it’s time to make that happen again. The original picnic was before the kids were born. Its been awhile!

    1. Aww this is sweet! Yes it is time for you to pull off another surprise picnic.

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  3. Wow! You surprised me with the fancy picnic table setting. I never thought to do something so cool. I will have to slow down and rethink romantic picnics in the future.

    I do think we get to caught up in the quick and fast and don’t just take a few extra minutes to enjoy the time.

  4. What a creative idea, to bring a picnic along for your trip. I would of never thought of that.

  5. I love a picnic, and I find your idea of celebrating an anniversary with a special picnic lunch with your husband a grand idea!
    I hope your husband is free of cancer and that the two of you have many more happy years together to celebrate your wedding anniversary.

    1. Thank you so much. He is cancer free but there is not a day we do not give thanks and appreciate this news. We do not take anything for granted.

  6. Happy Anniversary! I love the way you do picnics! One of the best parts of going to the beach is taking a picnic lunch but I never take table settings like that — maybe I should! Might just surprise Amara next time. Sure glad your husband has recovered!

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