Hallelujah! Spring is finally here! Winter is by far my least favorite time of the year. Nothing bring me more happiness then to see the end of cold weather and short days then the arrival of spring. Here are some of my favorite Spring things. Play along in the comments section!
Daylight Savings Time: Why oh why do we do this to ourselves? Switching back and forth from it. It really messes with kids too. This year my daughter slept an extra hour, but in the past she has been up an hour earlier. It also stinks to work all day at a job and come home in the dark. Lets take a national vote on this and be done with it!
Warmer Weather: I love the predictableness of warm weather, I also like it really hot. I can really take it until it is about 100 then I get a little uncomfortable. But I love that feeling of being engulfed in warmth when you walk outside. Even if it is really really hot, which it gets really really hot in Texas.
The Redbuds in bloom: Several years ago we planted a redbud tree in our back yard in remembrance of someone who passed away, someone special and dear to me. Every year I look forward to it blooming for I know Spring is about to begin. If we ever move I will have to plant another one because I love it so much. Sadly, they have finished blooming for the year and we will have to wait till next year, but I look forward to it as the first sign of spring every year.
Me with my little bean 2013
Wildflowers: Nothing is more fun then taking pictures in widflowers, especially the bluebonnets . They can be breathtaking. Central Texas, thanks to Lady Bird Johnson, has some beautiful highways in the spring. It is sort of a Texas tradition to pull over on the side of the busy highway and take pictures with your kids in the bluebonnets. Dangerous and scary as it is, everyone does it…be safe out there people! I know of a safe spot though and I can’t wait to take my daughter out there this year for some pictures. Here is a picture from two years ago that a good friend of mine took. I am no where near the photographer she is.
The blue ones are Bluebonnets and the red ones are called Indian Paintbrushes
Easter: Nothing trumpets the arrival of spring quiet like Easter. This year I bought my daughter an Easter dress and little shoes and I can’t wait for her to wear them to church. We have also been invited to an Easter egg hunt this year on the Saturday before Easter and I am really looking forward to it as well. In the past it has been so much fun to watch Eva hunt for eggs and I am thrilled to be doing it again. And considering how excited my daughter was about Santa, I am also really excited for the Easter bunny to pass by our house.
Spring Cleaning: Yes, I am a big goober. Though I don’t really enjoy it at the time, I always feel better when the house is top notch clean. I usually make a list of all the really messy and dirty things that need to get done. On the agenda for this year: ceiling fans, baseboards and my closet. I was supposed to have cleaned my closet out forever ago, but it just didn’t happen. I’ve really got to go in the closet and find out what fits and donate the rest.
SXSW: I’m not going this year (Boo!) but it is still fun to be even a small part of such a massive festival in your hometown. There is such an electricity in the air during this time. In the past we have gone and had so much fun, times to remember for always. It is such a huge festival that engulfs half of the city. I don’t know how many bands are playing this year, maybe a bazillion, but it is always overwhelming and so much fun to go to. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves music. Next year, my friends, next year.
T-Shirts and Flip-Flops: It’s the little things y’all, the little things. I hate wearing big bulky clothes in the wintertime like coats and sweaters. I love t-shirts and anything comfy. Flip-flop season also means toes nail polish. I need a professional pedi so bad, but it will have to wait a while. However, I am a big believer in a girl keeping up her toes if she is showing them off. So I gladly pull out the toenail polish and scrubbing boards.
Pool Time: Having a pool isn’t always fun. Half of the year you just look out the window longingly at at it. The other half of the year you get to enjoy it, well you do have to clean it more in the warmer months. Soon it will be summer, but sometimes we can swim in the spring. I am really looking forward to some outside fun in the sun days with my little family.
What are you looking forward to this Spring?