Nevermind that there is a steady, cold rain coming down outside my window and rain is predicted for the rest of the week. My mind is on spring, spring, spring! There are so many things I look forward to each spring, but this year, there are a few at the top of my list:
1. Planting our garden. We dipped our toe in the waters of gardening last year and I’m looking forward to planting a full kid-friendly raised garden bed this year. Currently, our plan includes tomatoes, corn, pumpkins, green beans, lettuce and some herbs…but I’d love to hear any of your ideas for kid-friendly, edible gardening!
2. Sunning the diapers. I can’t wait to get the drying rack out of our guest bedroom and into the backyard again! I’m craving the smell of diapers dried in the sun.
3. Leaving the coats behind. I swear, not wrestling two kids into coats saves me at least five precious minutes every time we leave the house. That’s at least an hour every week of time saved. We aren’t quite there yet, but we’ve had enough warm days for me to look forward to walking out the back door in what we’re wearing.
4. Fresh air. The air in this house is starting to feel stale and I’m itching to get the windows open and let the breeze and sunshine inside. I know come August, it will be too hot to keep the windows open, but airing it out in the spring is one of my favorite things!
5. No pants! My daughter is still wearing pants, tights or leggings under skirts and dresses. Ev-er-y-daaaay. I’m so sick of it. I just want to put her in her fun, flowy cotton spring and summer dresses and let her diaper show!
6. Bring on the pastels. Along the same lines, I’m consistently reaching for the pastel diapers these days. Very fresh, very spring-y, very fun. You should have seen my diaper basket the last time I stuffed and put away diapers. I put the pinks, blues, greens and whites in the front (where I grab first), meanwhile oranges and browns were relegated to the back of the basket (your time will come again , fall colors!)
7. Getting in shape. My kids both like riding in the stroller, thank goodness. So getting out every day to walk, jog and just play at the park will be good for my waistline and for tiring out two active kiddos. Plus, we always see something interesting, run into a friend or find something new for my son’s “nature box.”
8. Dining alfresco. One of my favorite things to do is eat outside. We had so many fun evenings as a family last spring and summer just hanging out and having dinner in the back yard. Now that my daughter is a little more self-sufficient, I’m looking forward to enjoying a glass of wine with my husband while relaxing on the deck, watching them play sweetly together in the sandbox. Ahhhh. A girl can dream, right?
9. Reconnecting with the neighbors. We always say that we hit the jackpot when we moved into our neighborhood. The people here truly care about their neighbors and the kids of all ages have fun playing together. *In nice weather.* The neighbors that we enjoy impromptu happy hours with during the warm months, we barely see when it’s cold outside. I’m looking forward to getting outside and building those memories for my kids and myself.
10. No shoveling!! My husband travels for work a lot, so its Murphy’s Law that whenever there is a snowstorm, he has just left for a business trip and I am stuck with the shoveling (when we got 22 inches last winter, he was conveniently in Florida on business!). When spring comes, I’m always happy to take that worry off of my plate for a few months.
11. FuzziBunz Spring Prints! Just announced yesterday, I already can’t wait to get my hands on the bright, bold Strawberry Delight cloth diaper to add a little bit of spring to my cloth diaper collection.
The change of seasons always gets me excited and spring is no different. What are you looking forward to as the weather gets warmer? What does spring mean to you?
Sarah is a mom of two and blogs about her adventures in motherhood, cloth diapering and everything in between. Catch her “Cloth Diapering Unwrapped” series on the FuzziBunz blog every Tuesday.