Anxiously Awaiting Spring
Let me be perfectly honest. I don’t like winter. I don’t like being cold, wearing layer upon layer of clothes, not being able to feel my hands and having the poor hubby cry out in surprise when I put my feet on him in bed. I don’t like driving in snow either.
So when that lovely little groundhog Phil didn’t see his shadow last month I got super excited. I mean like… let’s all hunt down our shorts and flip flops kids! Spring is on its way!
Then we got a dumping of snow. And then another. And then the weather warmed for about two days and then it got really cold again and we got more snow. After that? A brief thaw combined with a freak monsoon of a rain storm in the middle of the night. Roads, towns, basements… everything flooded. As I’m writing, I’m staring at the weather report and we’re likely to get not only more snow but the potential for flooding too, and all by the end of the weekend. Sigh.
I’m beginning to think that the lovely little groundhog Phil has been paid off. It certainly doesn’t look like warmer weather is on its way.
However, the kids and I are not to be deterred. I picked up a magazine in the store last week that had some fun spring crafts including some creative ways to start your garden indoors. Planning out the garden and planting flowers is one thing I do love and look forward to every spring and my head is reeling from the ideas that have been waiting to be sprung after a long, cold winter. The kids have already remarked how they can’t wait for our cherry trees to be in bloom. Even Shorty has a list of books he wants me to buy him for spring and summer reading. He has aspirations of whiling away hours in a cherry tree with nothing but fresh cherries and good reads.
Once the weather breaks and spring does finally show up I won’t need to coax the kids outside. I feel pretty lucky that that as soon as spring arrives my kids will make a break for the door. They're tired of being cooped up and I can't blame them.
Soon enough they will be in the shed pumping up bike tires (though in the country, there’s no place really to ride except the driveway), inspecting their scooters, getting out the bats, balls, sand box toys and every yard toy known to man. It will look like a playground threw up in my yard again and I can’t wait. I see forts and tents made from bed sheets and tarps, mini hiking adventures up the wooded path and dirt. Lots of dirt. When spring fever finally does arrive here, we’ll be ready for it.
Because frankly, I can’t wait.
Is your family ready for spring? How do you get ready for the warmer weather and more time outside? I'd love to hear how you're preparing.