April 01, 2015

The Power of Spring


I'm a sucker for Spring. 

After a long, cold winter there is something magical about Daylight Savings Time and 70 degree weather. I will fully admit that I prefer the slightly warmer Summer, but Spring has been a saving grace for Adam and I over the last week or two. 

Instead of spending 30 minutes in traffic driving home in the dark, I drive home with my windows down and NPR blasting (Oh yeah -- I'm THAT girl.). When I get home, instead of immediately putting on my pajamas, I throw on a pair of shorts and join Adam outside for catch with the pups. Last week we even went out for fro-yo and ate it on an outdoor bench while people watching. It was divine. 
There is something about Spring that makes me feel... rejuvenated. For instance, this past weekend I spent $40 on some colorful annual flowers at Home Depot and a little over 3 hours outside with Adam racking up the last bit of fallen leaves, picking up broken tree branches, and planting colorful flowers. By the end of those 3 hours, I felt like #FlorkenFirstHome was a brand new place and in a weird way, like I was a brand new person. Several times this week, I've caught myself several times just driving past the front of our house admiring the view.... admitting those small bits of color; those specks of hope for a warmer, happier time to come. And I've caught myself smiling more often... and wider.

I think after months of cold and dark, we all crave a little time and space to come out, shake off the grogginess that is Winter, and rejoice in a new season. For me, Spring is a time to realize that I have a whole new year to get things accomplished -- just think of how different life could look next Spring!

Maybe we'll have grass in the backyard. Maybe we'll have refinished the decks. Maybe we'll have a wider circle of friends. Maybe we'll host a family party or two. Maybe our family will be bigger. Maybe our house will be stuffed to the brim with love and laughter. Maybe life will be even more grand than it is now. 

My Spring is full of possibilities and cheer... and maybe just a tad more sneezing. How about yours?

16 comments :

  1. Happy Spring! It simply is the best time to feel alive and joyful. I'm hoping Spring arrives in our neck of the woods in the next couple of weeks, Love the happy thoughts!

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  2. I'm so relieved to have spring here finally!

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  3. If I remember correctly, this time of year is the reason Easter was chosen--the first Sunday, after the first full moon, after the first day of spring. It's also why, for catholics (and others), Lent precedes Easter. You have to put up with the toughness of Winter to get to the beauty of spring, and the promise of new life. It's still a little cold up here in Virginia, and I am basically on the edge of my seat waiting for some consistent 70 degree days!

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  4. I agree! It's one of the most beautiful parts of Arkansas! I love the feeling of everything being brand new!

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  5. Cleveland is still battling spring....we've had days of 50s and 60s, but mostly days of lower 40s and heck- even snow last weekend. But I'm hoping it's on it's way...I'm more than ready for it!

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  6. Oh, 70 degrees. I miss you. See you in June, maybe? If we in Boston are lucky, that is. (I'm really, really jealous of your spring. Can you tell?)

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  7. I love the daylight later. I can take Howie on a walk after work, we can barbecue without having to use a flashlight, etc. It is SO nice!!!

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  8. Tons and tons more sneezing here. :) I'm glad you're enjoying the season change so much, Kate!

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  9. Spring is a time of new beginnings and warmth. I'm glad you are able to feel the season and feel some healing :)

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  10. I love spring. I love planting flowers. I wish our apartment would let us.

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  11. Hooray Spring! I'm so glad you're enjoying it.

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  12. <3 Yes to ALL of this! Spring truly is a rejuvenating time!

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  13. This sounds like the Kate who started this blog and made it such a big deal. I think the change in the weather is starting to break light into the sadness you seemed to have of late.

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  14. Yay for spring for you guys! :)

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  15. I am dying to plant flowers and add more color to the front of our house but my body cannot handle it right now (and won't be able to until well after baby is born). And while I'd love for Nick to do it for me, I'd much rather him focus his limited free time where it NEEDS to be done, the nursery :/

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