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Sunshine and Denim

It is sundress time! Elise had to wear a little cardigan this morning but by noon the cardigan was no longer necessary.  Can you believe we had winter storm advisories a week ago today?! 

I wrote yesterday that my favorite day is coming up. It wasn’t today but judging by the buds, I am guessing it will be tomorrow.

I won’t write too much about these photos beyond the mentioning I was on AV mode with my aperture or “F-stop” at F/4.5 on this photo.

Our front yard tree is beautiful in the fall but I love it most in the spring.

Here the camera is set at F/32 and the clouds look great

And here the you can really get the feel for why I love this tree. See what I mean by little neon green balls of life?

AV mode F/5

And now onto what Beth and my Mom really want to see. Elise in a sundress.

I don’t know why I never thought of this before. Michael has spent hours and hours with OTs who have all, at one time or another, recommended sitting on a stability ball to help him sit still. Elise sat on this ball (not a stability ball just a $2 ball from Target that Michael got for his 2nd birthday) and asked me to take a photo.

There is something about sitting on a ball that takes just the right amount of “work” to stay stable to keep their brain and body occupied enough to not want to make them run around but not too distracted that they can’t (or won’t) listen to you.

Of course she didn’t sit still the whole time. She asked me to take pictures of her kicking the ball and bouncing on the ball too.

Balls are my new favorite portrait prop.

Here is my favorite. Is it just me or did she just grow up? I see more preschooler than toddler in her every day.

One for the records

I took this pic this morning while Michael was waiting for the bus.

If the Twin Cities gets 2 more inches of snow it will break all sorts snow fall records. Duluth broke the most snowfall in any month today (previous month to hold that record was November and that was in the 90s). Now they are predicting that the temps will reach 70 by the weekend. When we arrived at swim lessons yesterday day it was raining. When we left swim lessons and hour and 15 minutes later my car was covered in snow and it was raining and snowing at the same time. This weather is inducing more mood swings than the final month of pregnancy. Elise has worn both ballet flats and snow boots outside within the same 24 hours. This morning Michael was in full snow gear waiting for the bus, and this afternoon I could see grass over most of our lawn and Patrick was wearing a hooded sweatshirt as a coat.

It’s not even fun to wear my new Sorel boots any more.


If I make it out of this winter without being committed it will be a miracle.


This March about done me in. I don’t know if I have SAD or some version of something similar but let me tell you what… nothing has made me happier in the past 3 months than seeing the snow slowly melt away this past week. This was a long winter. I have never been more ready for spring than I am right at this minute.

As the snow melts my mind starts to spin. Our yard looks horrible. Almost all of the grass died last year in the drought and the sections of lawn that were not a depressing brown were covered in crab grass and weeds. I can’t wait to tear into the lawn. I want to reseed what needs seeding. I want to expand the garden so I can grow some more viney veggies with out sacrifices precious tomato plant square footage. Tim and I want to build a big sand box under the deck for the kids.

I have never been so excited to scoop poop. I want the rest of the snow to melt so I can start working in the yard.

Last fall we did some major bush whacking and I don’t know if that lilac bush will come back or not. Either way I am excited to nurse it back to life or dig it out and plant something else.

I am excited again. It has been to long since I have been excited about something. The boys room makeover has been fun but nothing beat getting outside and digging in the dirt.

Is it the longer days and the warm sun that have made my mood brighter and lighter? Probably. Tim teases me and calls me Wall.e because I don’t function with out a few uv rays to start my day.

I can’t be the only one. I feel like everyone is smiling more.

Life is getting good again.

Thank God for Spring.