Winter is my grace you may ask?! Yes. I AM grateful for winter because it makes me so very thankful...and READY for spring.
Today is an perfectly gorgeous day. It is brightly sunny with a few wispy clouds and it is currently about 70 degrees. I love it when the weather is like this. I can wear my cute and comfortable new cropped jeans with my new, short-sleeve, v-neck tee...and not need to wear a jacket. I can open the windows in my house and car and begin to rid both of the stale air trapped in them. The kids and I can be outside!
I love spring. I love the new beginnings: the buds on the trees, the greening of the grass, the green shoots in the earth. I rejoice in the appearance of the yellow and purple crocuses and the forsythia bushes. I adore the colors that burst forth in nature: reds, oranges, blues, greens, yellows and purples. I love how the earth wakes up and explodes with life. People smile more. I see neighbors emerging from their winter hibernation "caves." My kids look red-cheeked, wind-blown and smell of fresh air. My Beloved gets back on his bike; goes for long rides or commutes to work; and rejoices in exercising again. His stress level goes down and he enjoys life more. We all sleep a little better at night.
I am so happy that we will be able to grill and eat out on our patio. We can go to the park. We can play outside with friends. We will go for family bike rides. I can ride my bike to the store. This coming weekend we will put up our trampoline, and my kids and their cousins and friends will enjoy hours of fun and exercise. My doggie can enjoy lying in the grass with her favorite bone. When spring comes I am inspired to get outdoors! I am inspired to use my camera more. I will go to Zoo Blooms to photograph the flowers. In a few weeks, D and her family will come and the two of us will head to the Flower Show, our cameras in tow. Oh the tulips!
"Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~Robin Williams
Grace #15: Weekend with good friends My daughter, C, and I enjoyed a "girls weekend" together, traveling to my good friend, D's, home. While there we spent wonderful quality time with D, her daughter and her hubby. C and I enjoyed our travel time listening to music, watching movies (my daughter, not me! I was of course doing the driving), and listening to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The audio book was particularly fun for me. I have been anxiously anticipating the time when she would want to "read" the Harry Potter books. If you know me, you know I LOVED reading them with my son and husband :) We had a yummy dinner at Panera, and just generally enjoyed our girl time together.
Finally, after too many pit-stops due to my small, caffeine-stimulated bladder, we arrived at D's house. Unfortunately we were too late to see her daughter, S, who was already in bed, but nonetheless so happy to be there! After a good night's sleep, we left the girls with D's hubby, R, (muchas gracias, R!!) and then headed off to breakfast at Original Pancake House--one of our very favorite things to do together.
After a lot of scrumptious food: a lot of stimulating conversation and girl talk:
And even more of their tasty coffee:
we left OPH, and headed for...are you ready for this?...more coffee! We just HAD to go to one of our fave coffee houses for more delicious java and fun gabbing.It was so wonderful to have all this connecting time with one of my oldest friends. Pardon the pun, but it was so "cup-filling!"
The rest of our weekend was spent playing with the girls, sharing our photos and music, and laughing. It was a joy to watch S and C play together. As a mom, I delighted in watching my daughter be an incredible playmate to her friend who is 3.5 years younger. I also got to appreciate the immense growth and development that S has accomplished in the past year.
Finally, I enjoyed watching my friend mother her daughter. D is an awesome mom who exhibits true devotion, patience, courage, love, fortitude and dedication. I am grateful to call her my friend. I have learned a lot from her.
Lastly, thanks to my beloved and son for spending a "guys weekend" together, so that the girls could all bond and connect!