Wednesday, April 5, 2017

celebrating spring


It's April and that means it's one of my favorite times of the year… spring.

Combine this season with my favorite place on earth – the Rice Ranch - and you have the recipe for one very happy Patti.







March is birthday month at the Rice Ranch – eight of us celebrate birthdays, and that is not even counting my mom, and brother, my nieces and nephew, and Sam's brothers. It's a lot of fun, because nothing makes me happier than spending time with my family ... but it also requires a lot of energy – birthday parties and gift giving and celebrating galore makes for one. tired. mama. :)





But March madness is over and April is here... consequently I am consciously making an effort to slow things down and soak up all of the new life around me.




Having grown up in a state where the seasons just all kind of blended in together, I have a deep appreciation for four distinct seasons now. 

In Arizona, warm winters blended into hot springs, which blended into hot-as-hades summers and then faded back into "just hot" falls. The leaves never changed because cacti don't have leaves, snow was some mythological thing we only read about in books, and rain was so rare that we actually stayed inside during school recess when it occurred. "Rainy day recess", it was called… which makes me laugh, thinking about it now. If schools canceled recess because of rain in Oregon, kids would never even know what a swing set is!







Honestly though, I love the rain. I've blogged about it before, but if we go several days without rain, I get ... twitchy. Don't get me wrong, I love blue skies and sunshine and WARMTH, especially come April. But rainy days don't bother me in the least... twenty-three years in brown Arizona gave me an appreciation for what a healthy dose of rain does for the landscape ...




And it always blows my mind (to use my husband's favorite phrase) that trees can be so many colors. Twenty-two years living in Oregon, and spring still takes my breath away.







Sam and the kids and I have been going on long leisurely walks around our neighborhood the past few weeks. While our new neighborhood does not have the designated walking trails that our previous one did, there is still so much to explore here. 








Hayden asks me daily if we can "go on a walk together." He shares his mother's love for the great outdoors- ever since he was old enough to sit up, he has preferred being outside to being indoors.




This girl as well ...




And what is it about eating outside? Is it just me, or does food actually taste better when you eat it outdoors? Everything is yummier, and  tastes (don't laugh) healthier when we dine al Fresca ... even when it's just Dominos pizza ;)






Even Miss Bunny is happier outside...


Just a few more photos from last month, and then I need to go iron clothes for our Wednesday night church service...








Just for fun in the comment section, tell me what spring is like where you live ...


Happy April !!!!

8 comments:

Sonya said...

We're in Texas and it is fantastic here. My girls bring in bouquets of wildflowers everyday. I know it will give way to the heat, but for now evenings are cold and days are in the 70's.
That is incredible that you have eight birthdays in one month! All of our eight children all are born in different months. Someone told me after I had baby #7 that it was statistically improbable, but I think having so many birthdays in one month would be more so!
Your family is beautiful, as always. Your posts always bring us great joy.

Amity said...

North Pole, Alaska. We still have quite a bit of snow, but it's melting! The slush is scary slippery but it's been getting into the 40s so we get outside as much as we can. Our lowest temp was -52 this winter. So 40s are t-shirt weather. We have 9 kids and there are only 2 months we have more than 1 birthday. The cluster of July 3,4 and 7 is kinda like a week long celebration. Lots of cake.

Pogue Mahone said...

Here in Eastern Ontario spring can be summed up in 2 words: muddy and rainy!

me said...

In Illinois, it's been gray and cool. We're all bursting to get outside. Today the sun finally has peeked through the clouds, so hopefully it'll be dry and pleasant for playing after school.

Anne B. said...

Rhode Island here.....waiting.....hopefully it will burst forth in the next week or so! We did have some weird winter weather - warm with things peeking up from the ground much too early and then more snow! I love living vicariously through your gorgeous pictures today as I sit listening to the POURING rain....maybe we should switch places???? ((((HUGS)))) to all of your beautiful Birthday People!!!!

Marisa Van Zyl said...

Probably one of your furthest away blog readers here;) All the way from Namibia, Africa. Our seasons are the other way around because we live in the Southern Hemisphere and it's currently Fall here and we're just easing into Winter, But, being Africa - we also just have the option of blazing hot during the warmer months - being around 9 months of the year - and a brief respite for about 3 months with some cooler temperatures ( Never , ever snow though! ) Enjoy the coming Spring with all your beautiful kids - love reading your blog!
xxxx

RobinS57 said...

Nova Scotia--so.much.mud... well the good news is that the crocuses are up and we haven't had snow in a week or so...and today was actually warm!

Krista said...

Hey from... Arizona! I'm up in Dewey (Prescott) though, so we get more of the seasons. After growing up in MN, then living in ND, I am relishing the warmth and the constant sun.