Tuesday, March 27, 2012

While spring had sprung...

A couple weeks ago, the weather changed.  All of a sudden we had over a week and a half of amazing weather.  It was more like summer than spring, all in mid-March.  St. Patrick's Day was around 70, and by mid-week it was close to 80.  The weather was outstanding, and it gave spring a head start around here.  Of course, the price we're probably going to pay for it is high produce prices, as freezing temps overnight will probably kill off a number of delicate fruit tree blossoms, but it's nice to see so much green this early, even if it was only in the 30s today.  Going back to this weather was more of a bummer than I expected, but at least we're at the time of year where the weather will do a lot of ups and downs and winter weather shouldn't stick around for long...although summer weather shouldn't have either, and it did.

Anyway, the nice weather was a godsend because Jacob has been dying to play outside for months.  He's getting bigger and stronger so it's getting harder to have him play sports in the house.  Most of the indoor playing his limited to our spare room now, where Jacob has a basketball hoop on the wall and his big hoop standing at the other end of the room.  He usually puts his little hockey nets up there for lacrosse and soccer, and periodically the boys will go up there and make a lot of noise for a few minutes while they play a "game".  I know at some point they're going to start doing some damage, so being able to send them outside is huge.  While he's out there, Jacob has been enjoying drawing with chalk, too.  It's been interesting watching his drawings take shape and see what he's thinking.

The other night I got him on his big wheel.  Last year he was just a tiny bit short for the pedals.  Knowing how crazy tall he's getting, I figured he'd have to reach the pedals this year.  He did, though he still wasn't completely clear on using them.  He sort of got it, but then when he had to pedal back up the driveway, he was having a harder time.  Here's my happy boy testing it out...

While he played, I marveled at the explosion of color in the flower bed.  Check out this cluster of daffodils!

I can't get over how things just sprang to life last week, from the grass to the trees to the flowers.  The weeds have already taken over, but at least we get some extra green ahead of time and we'll be able to start enjoying it now even though it's back to wintertime for a bit.  It boggles my mind to think about how early the season began this year, considering two years ago it was way early, too, and this year was earlier.  The downside, of course, is that now it's cold and we can't really go out there and enjoy the foliage.  Hopefully the cold preserves it a bit, though, so it hangs out until the weather improves. 

By Saturday the weather started returning to normal, and we headed off to the Knighthawks game.  I managed to get Jacob to smile enough to snap a few pictures of us.  I look like crap in this one, but he looks adorable...

And here's Jacob playing "wall ball".  This is all he really wants to do when we're at games these days.  He lives for this. 

Unfortunately, this round was short lived due to a potty stop, immediately followed by a bit of an accident.  In the wake of his ear infection, he was on a pretty powerful antibiotic, and despite our best efforts with lots of yogurt, Jacob was having some poop problems.  Unlike last time, it wasn't as soft, but it seemed like it came on suddenly and he had less control over it.  He had three accidents in one day last week, and the one at the game was a major bummer because I'm out of the habit of bringing spares.  We'd had a great day, really, but that sort of started things downhill and it seemed like a good idea to get out of there ASAP.  Earlier night than usual, but at least we got this in. 

Now we're back to the grind for another week.  I'm spending this week living for Easter weekend, when we have Good Friday off and will have some time to hang out with my family before spending time with Craig's family on Easter.  Easter is one of my favorite holidays just because spring is on the way and it's less hectic than Christmas, but it still has some fun traditions.  Just seven more work days...

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