Friday, April 18, 2014

Sunshine & Warm Days

We have had such a beautiful stretch of warm days the last couple weeks.  We have finally made it out to the garden.  Oh, our garden.  It's current state is a bit overwhelming.  It is positioned in such a lovely location where our veggies grow beautifully, but as you can see, everything grows beautifully there.  Gardening is something that I have attempted most years since we first bought a home 11 plus years ago.  The last couple years it has gotten away from me.  This year I'm planning on planting less boxes and spending any extra garden time working on a few garden projects to make the whole process easier.  The kids were such good helper on this first venture out and they really are old enough to make a difference in the work load.  We are planning to weed it all by hand, add manure, and rotatil.  

It was so enjoyable to be outside.  With our fenced yard, the kids can run and play in-between weeding and helping.  Beckett is loving the outdoors and would like to spend his days outside.  Now that it is warming up, I'm planning for more walks and outdoor adventures with the kids.  Of course, living in Oregon, I know that the rain will come back and sometimes stay for stretches in the spring.  I remind myself though that the rain is what brings us the green and what makes gardening easy (well, if you don't let the weeds get away from you.)  So far this spring we have enjoyed our first week of soccer, a lovely spur of the moment alfresco "summer" barbecue on our porch, a walk to the store, and our weekly family night on the trampoline.  Oh, I love when the weather begins to warm and the sun comes out.

I headed to Montana this past weekend to celebrate in my cousin's wedding.  What a beautiful day to spend with family and to enjoy this wonderful moment with them.  My mom and I met in Billings and spent  a few eventful days together.  We GPSed and googled and planned.  We were able to attend all of the events for the wedding, eat out at some yummy, yummy places, do some shopping, and drive cross country to the reception (a 3 1/2 hour drive, 7 hours round trip) through inclement weather.  It was so fun to spend time with family, reconnect, and share in this special day.  The wedding was in the Billings LDS Temple and was beautiful event.  The couple was charming and oh so in love.  I was so glad I could share in their day.

Chatting without interruption with my mom for a few days was another highlight of the trip.  Between kids, family activities, and busy schedules, we haven't had that for a long time.  It seems that many of our conversations are peppered with interruptions or nestled between events and commitments.  We make it work, but oh how wonderful it was to talk and talk.  I loved waking up at 5am and chatting until well into the morning and that drive flew by as we talked, shared, and remembered together.  

I'm looking forward to this coming Easter Weekend.  We have spent some time each day of the week talking and sharing about the last week of Christ's life.  It is always strange to think of all that took place that week, to imagine what it would have been like to be a part of those events.  To wonder how it would have felt to have been there.  Would I have understood what was coming?  The significance of it all?  We have been watching videos, listening to music, and sharing scriptures.  I love the peace that surrounds us as we share and discuss.  I'm looking forward to these next few days of celebration.  Springtime, Easter, warmth, sunshine, rebirth.  Such a delightful time of year.

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