Friday, March 21, 2014

A Welcome Season


How did you celebrate the first day of Spring?

Did put your face in the sunshine and your hands in the dirt? Did you take your crew to the park? Did you stay inside and curse the snow? Although that's not the case for us, I know several of my readers can commiserate. Also, if you're one of those readers and you tend toward jealousy, I'd stop reading here. You don't want to see pictures of my kids playing outside sans jackets. Kidding! I know you do. :)

Spring is always a welcome season around here and is tied with the sweet summertime for my favorite. I finally get to release my minions into our patch of grass. I get to put seeds in the ground and turn them to food. I get to smell honeysuckle along the creek, let the breeze blow through my kitchen window, and let the crickets and frogs sing me to sleep. It really is a magical time. This year, however, we are extra excited that spring has sprung. I know everyone who lives in the northern and central parts of Arkansas will say I have no clue what I'm talking about, but this winter was rough. Thankfully, it only snowed one time here, but I'm not sure I've ever seen the numbers on my thermometer stay so low for so long. There are still nights in the 30s and days in the 50s on my extended forecast {gross} but we rang in the spring with a sunny 70 degrees.


Once the four of us made it inside to figure out what we wanted for dinner, Nathan started voicing all the thoughts in my head. He talked about how much he loved playing outside and that we need to do it more often. This led to a plan to spend at least an hour outside every day {weather permitting} until the chill of winter chases us back in. That is one plan that's right up my alley.

Today it hit 65 by morning nap. This meant Owen and I got our hour in early. I followed him around the property as he drove his red Jeep through the purple clover. I stood in front of the worn-down swing set and pushed the soles of his shoes for as long as he wanted. I helped him move rocks from one part of the driveway to another via dump truck. In return, I got him to pull some of the straw from the strawberry patch. The cold winter means those will still be awhile, though, so that'll be a job for another day.

Keep watching for more photos of outside play and if you don't call the South home, I guarantee you'll be joining us before long. That snow has to melt sometime. Doesn't it? Happy Friday, y'all. I wish you a wonderful weekend!


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2 comments:

Karen Weido said...

We spent the first day of Spring in South Louisiana with temps in the upper 70s and sunny skies. In fact, I was out with the kids and commented that it was hot, haha! Apparently my body had gotten used to our super long winter.

Jessica Bauer said...

The weather is so confusing this time of year! Bundled up in the mornings and windows open and fans on in the afternoons. I never have a clue how to dress the baby. :) I'm ready for permanently warm weather. Super long winter, be gone!