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A Sure Sign that Spring is Near

12 Mar

One thing I love about my mother is that she always knows from a simple telephone call when I need a few minutes alone.  She is so good about taking the kids for a little while so I can have a breather and I so appreciate that.  That is one pro of living next door to your mom: It’s no big deal for her to say, “Can I stop by and take the kids for a little while?”

While she had the kids for a couple of hours this afternoon, I did one of my favorite things: Washed off the screened-in porch.  You may think that sounds crazy, but it is so therapeutic to me.  Jason got the water hose out of winter storage for me and I went to it.  I just love the sounds of the outdoors and the water dripping, and seeing the dirt being washed away…I don’t know why, exactly, but I love it. When I tell Jason, “I am going to wash off the porch now,” He takes the kids and leaves me to it!

We eat a lot of meals around this table!

We eat a lot of meals around this table!

For me, this is a definite sign that spring is coming.  We use the porch every day during the spring, summer, and fall.  We love to eat breakfast and dinner out there (most days it is too hot for lunch on the porch), and the kids spend a lot of time playing in their water table out there.  I love to sit in one of the comfy wicker chairs and read or look on my Kindle.


So ready for winter to be over!

So ready for winter to be over!

I am so ready for a summer of long, hot days outside, playing in the water, grilling out with family, staying up late, and washing off the porch!



We Survived the Winter!

20 Apr

Well, it looks like we made it through the winter!  It was a tough one. Being inside with the kids all of the time is REALLY difficult, so I absolutely rejoiced when we were able to dust off the swingset and get back to the park. 

One thing that was s hard about the winter was that we were all so sick.  I was just bragging to Jason right before Christmas that none of us had had so much as a runny nose for the ENTIRE YEAR, then boom, we were all sick with one thing or another for two months!  Towards the end of February I told our nurse over the phone that they just needed to call in some antibiotics for Maddie, becasue if I had to come into their office one more time they were going to have to write me a Valium prescription.  Thankfully, they just called in some antibiotics!

As always, Jason is the one of us who didn’t get sick.  When I came down with the stomach virus that Charlie was just recovering from, Jason said, “You’re joking, aren’t you?” He really thought I was.  I think he would rather have been sick than me!

Also, Charlie stopped taking a nap.  We moved him out of his crib into a big bed, and he just would not stay in that thing for a nap!  Now, you all know from my earlier posts how much I value naptime, so this has been a big adjustment for me. 

I did just want to share a GREAT idea that I got from my sister-in-law Bethony.  Instead of spending tons of money on bedrails to keep Charlie from rolling out of bed, we used swimming noodles.  We just slip them under the fitted sheet and he sleeps snug as a bug!

So, we made it to Spring.  We are looking forward to going to the beach, playing on the slip-n-slide, grilling out, and just being outside.  Now I have to go get ready to go to the park!