Hence, my Easter wreath up....vine wrapped bunnies adorning the patio and front porch....and planters prepped for Spring flowers. The Farmer's Market opens April 17. I'll be the first one there. Go here for a recap of our visits last year.
We're always anxious for warmer weather, actually. Click here for pictures of a 6 year old Carter and me planting seeds at our first house in Colorado when Jack was only a baby and Lainey, unheard of!
I can't wait to visit the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, once everything starts blooming. Click here for a recap of our visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens when Jack was just a little punk in 2007. A rolly poly, really.
And, some of Lainey in the spring of 2008 in all her bonnet wearing baby glory here.
Spring.....the smell of soil......the insects returning......our enormous trees growing an abundance of leaves, turning our little home into a tree house.
I was reminded of several Spring and Easter projects at my Building Better Moms class a couple of weeks ago.
*Take a "new life" walk outdoors.....look for tiny shoots, sprouts, eggs, etc.....all signs of life to come.
*Make hot cross buns. Easy!
*Make pretzels or simply serve them as a snack. The shapes remind us of arms folded in prayer.
*Fill clay pots with soil and seeds.
*Make or purchase Resurrection Eggs.
*Paint chocolate pudding footprints.....reminding us we're followers of Jesus.
*Dye Easter eggs.....discuss how the changing of colors mirrors the changes in us.
And, I've added a few of my own....
*Walk the zoo looking for signs of spring. Ask a zookeeper about new babies arriving.
*Make a child-friendly commitment to sacrificing something for Lent. Give up marshmallows? Sugar cereal? Cookies?
And, we need something to take the focus off of Jack's 4th, arriving in April. We made the mistake of telling him his was next......and he's asked me to make him a "urt-day" cake every day since. It's getting old, people.