"April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks GO." - Christopher Morley
Yes, that's what we've been doing. Going. Going to the park, going to the landscaper for mulch deliveries, going from tree to tree spreading that mulch. Going to the ball diamonds, and going on hikes. Going to den meetings and pack meetings and piano lessons. Going to the river, the fields, the country. Going to the store for spring salads, going to the library, and going for walks. We are all exhausted.
Eli is just weeks away from being done with 2nd grade. And he seems so grown up. I made him stop for this picture one day when I felt like he had grown 3 inches overnight.
We spent all last weekend landscaping, just in time for the tulip blooms. Jeremy was able to pull out a stump that has been in our way for a couple of years now, and we all picked up countless sticks and stones from the garden bed and yard. The perennials are all sprouted so we are ready for a summer full of flowers!
The boys were both soooo helpful with this project.
Lex is on a traveling team this year for baseball and it's his first year of kid pitch. The weather for the first practice was perfect spring weather, complete with a thunderstorm that rolled in at the very end.
Jeremy got a new truck and Eli was dying to ride in the back. So we drove out to a conservation area and Eli and I jumped in the bed of the truck for a ride.
I'm trying this new thing where I actually planned a whole month of recipes at the beginning of April, complete with freezer meals, baked goods, and weekly burger nights. I haven't stuck with it 100%, but I've done pretty good, and have tried tons of new dishes. I'll make a giant list of recipe links at the end of the month based on the ones we liked. Today on the menu was this strawberry rhubarb pie. I made two. One to bake and one to freeze. I would post the recipe that I used, but I messed something up. It tasted amazing, but the texture of the filling was off and didn't really hold up. It will be interesting to see if the frozen one does any better. I love strawberry rhubarb combinations, though, and am determined to try again. Lex thinks these flavors would make a yummy smoothie, so we may need to add that to the menu for next week.
So much yard work and so many after school activities call for an adventure to the river. This picture below is so funny, because Jeremy is walking behind the boys and completely hidden behind Lex - except his leg sticking out.
We played on the rocks and watched the strong river current rush by.
I love being at the river. It is one of my favorite things about mid Missouri.
When we were done at the river, we drove down the road to see the impacts of the recent flooding. Still lots of standing water where there shouldn't be, but it's much better.
And finally, the birds have returned! Every year, we have a nest in our propane tank and I love watching the birds go in and out building their nest. Also, because we have so many mature trees in our backyard, the birds sometimes become aggressively territorial. It is not unusual at all to watch one bird dive bomb another bird to chase him away from a tree. So we're trying to welcome the birds back with some feeders. This is one that Eli actually built last year, but we never got it outside.
We're hoping to build a couple of more, so I'll keep you posted.
In the meantime, I hope you're enjoying spring as much as we are - busy schedule and all! Happy Spring!