We spent the weekend stopping to smell the early spring flowers. A handful of yellow crocuses burst up in a corner in our backyard. The sun – which is never gone for long in Colorado – shone, and so we took advantage of the warmth and got out.
There are a few things that I’ve found make me a better mother – enough sleep, enough food, getting out for a run now and then. I’m more patient, more responsive and focused, less distracted. And the warm spring weather, the chance to spend most of our waking hours outside exclaiming over the budding flowers and fat aggressive (likely rabies-filled) squirrels that fight with our cat for dominance of the fence line, felt like a booster shot to my parenting.
Axel took his new binoculars out to hunt for ducks near his grandparents’ house. We took out the bubbles, and Jonas beat up a poor defenseless fir tree with his bubble wand while Axel chased after bubbles floating up into the air.
We pulled out the rest of our favorite warm weather activities – bike rides, digging with sticks in the dirt, cartwheels and rolling down hills, feasting on ice cream and Mexican food, trips to the park.
The boys dug in our soon-to-be garden, currently a heaven-for-preschoolers dirt pit, and Axel planted dead twigs inside of little cups. We’ve been reading The Carrot Seed a lot lately, and he’s taken the message to heart and told me he knows, just knows, something will come up.
Then, we made homemade sidewalk paint –
Just one part water to one part cornstarch, stir, add food coloring, and you end up with happy, paint-splattered kids.
And sidewalk masterpieces.
Soon enough, we’ll be planting the garden, and then we’ll be pulling on swimsuits and eating homemade watermelon popsicles made with mint from our garden. I can’t wait.
What are your favorite spring time activities?