After the long winter of relentless bad weather, multiple snow days, and being cooped up indoors, I am welcoming the Signs of Spring with wide open arms. And a wide open door, accompanied with yelling, “go outside and play!”
I ponder the phrase, “Spring Cleaning”, because with Spring comes muddy shoes, dirty clothes, filthy little bodies, and a collection of shoes by the door that far outnumber how many kids actually live here.
Spring is messy, and I love it.
I encourage it.
If my child comes home squeaky clean I ask, “what in the world did you do all day?”
Want to jump in puddles? Go ahead!
Want to climb that pile of mulch like a mountain? Go for it!
Play with sticks in the mud puddle? Have at it!
Dig in the garden bed to find pet worms? Have fun!
Want to go barefoot and shirtless? Fine by me!
Sweets was so excited about the “Signs of Spring” that she actually made a sign for Spring. She hung it up outside to let Spring know we were ready for it. It was way cute. I wish I took a picture of it before Spring decided to rain all over it and it became a mushy paper mess.
We also had a birds nest we were watching and were very excited about.
Unfortunately, the nest and the eggs inside met with an early demise, which led to a “circle of life” conversation that, given Mahlie’s conclusion of, “well, I think they just went on vacation”, didn’t exactly get the point across.
We have a garden project we are working on that will result in a 23′ x 10′ garden space. We’ve been clearing out the many bushes and small trees in our planned garden space, which has now far exceeded our original time line. But with SJ and Sweets’ “help”, I am sure it won’t take much longer!
Warmer Spring weather also means I can bring the messy art activities outside!
Instead of paint all over the floor and the kids, I had paint all over the driveway and the kids. And the rocks. And the car tires. And part of a tree. Because painting on the paper became “boring” and they decided to paint other things to make them pretty.
Spring also means the kids get more exercise. Hiking and running and biking and running and running and running (because kids only have one speed, and that is running).
More exercise also means this:
And we can ALL agree that is a wonderful sign of Spring!!
Have a great crazy day!