Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spring things











Spring break started last Thursday and continues through this week. We've stayed close to home, mostly, just enjoying some time off. It has been great to relax. We've continued to learn at home over the break, as we always do. We've taken it easy, though; lots of playing, taking walks, learning about plants, taking care of the hens, painting, drawing and music. We do a little math every day and continue to work on handwriting. We'll do these things in the summer as well, along with plenty of reading. I like spring break because it feels like a taste of summer without the serious heat or unpredictable monsoons.

These are all photos I've taken in the last week or two, just documenting the break as it goes by. We're spending most of our time in the backyard, playing with hens, inspecting our garden's growth (me) in between daredevil-racecourse stuff on bikes and scooters (them). The tulips I planted last fall and late this winter seem to be coming up nicely and our poor, struggling apple tree has put forth blossom for another year.

I bought a potted hyacinth for inside the house and I've been enjoying it very much. I keep it on the kitchen table where I can see it from three different rooms. The scent goes all through the house, especially now that the back door is open all day to the breeze. I have some sunflower seed packets ready to plant in the backyard. I'll probably plant them by the end of the month. I've acquired some new t-shirts and a new phone case too, all very spring-like. I saw the robin's-egg blue phone case on Amazon and had to have it for spring and summer. One of my new shirts is almost the same color, I realized. I'm not even sure if it's a good color for me to wear, but I love it anyway.

Speaking of shirts, I changed the small Bears' dresser drawers last week, putting in their short-sleeved shirts. We're not ready for shorts just yet, but the GB has capri pants now. Whenever the kids start wearing short sleeves, they (the kids) seem smaller to me. Did you ever notice this? I think it's because I can see their skinny arms again.

I've been planning my Easter menu and have most of what I need for the meal. We're having ham, scalloped potatoes and asparagus. We'll be dyeing eggs on Friday. The Easter baskets are ready for filling (well, they're still in the garage; we'll take them out on Saturday night to leave for the Bunny). I can't wait to dye eggs, it's the highlight of the Easter weekend for me every year.

I hope you're having a good week. Thanks for your comments lately, you're all lovely and kind and I appreciate it.

41 comments:

  1. Beautiful - and I can smell the hyacinths from here. Happy Easter Jennifer, Kate xx

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  2. I'm so envious of your weather, its still really cold here!
    Jillxo

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  3. I love this time of year and the beautiful spring bulbs. Hope you have a wonderful Easter.

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  4. I enjoyed seeing your pretty garden Jennifer! Looks like such a happy place! And your spring break is full of magnificent color! Loved seeing that you all have been enjoying the outdoors and your Easter preparations sound fantastic!!! Oh and yes I do notice that when you change shirts with the kids arms! Although mine are in need of some spring and summer shirts...so much to do to get ready for the changing weather! Have a great time coloring your eggs! Nicole xoxo

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  5. Have a great Easter! It has been cold again here today and wet and grey, so it is lovely to see your sunshine! xx

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  6. Lovely spring things. Wish we have your sunny and warm weather. It's been stormy and cold here all week. Hope the rest of the school break is fun for you all. Happy Easter! X

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  7. Everything looks so sunny and warm with you. We have some of the "sunny" but not so much of the "warm"! :o)

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  8. Hey Jennifer,
    Such colour in your photographs! I was looking at summer clothes for Olly today. He is still so little!
    Leanne xx

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  9. Your hyacinth is such a beautiful colour!
    Wishing you and your family a lovely Easter. :)
    V x

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  10. Gorgeous photos, especially the one of the little bears sat outside in the sunshine. We're really appreciating being outside at the moment as well. Your Easter meal sounds delicious, especially the asparagus. I hope you all have a wonderful time. CJ xx

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  11. The beautiful sunshine and light in your photos Jennifer! Send it our way please, pretty please! We had hail, rain, snow and gales today and yesterday. Wishing you a very happy Easter. Bee xx

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  12. What a lovely spring break you guys are having! Your tulips are gorgeous, and your weather looks gorgeous and sunny as well. Charlotte's spring break begins on Friday, and continues through all of next week. I sereiously cannot wait!! It will be nice to not be on a schedule for ten days. I am hoping to relax a bit, as life has been so busy lately. Your Easter menu sounds delicious, and very similar to our menu. Have fun dyeing eggs on Friday, and enjoy the Easter holiday weekend!

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  13. It looks as though you're having a wonderful time over spring break time. The colors in this post are so brilliantly beautiful. I always enjoyed dying eggs for Easter with the kids and miss it now that they're gone. We had lovely warm weather last week but this week is COLD. I'm going back to the lake tonight so the furnace will be running to keep the pipes from freezing. We thought we were past this. I'm glad the warmth has come to your part of the world. I hope you and your family have a wonderfully blessed Easter Jennifer. Enjoy every moment.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  14. I enjoyed each and ever photo in this post.. immensely! Your iris bed looks wonderful and mine is looking good.. it will be fun to see them in bloom. I need some other colors in my bed, though. Your kids are adorable. Your Easter dinner sounds like ours! We have the ham from Costco.. you should look for the one with a red currant glaze.. it's FAB! I also want asparagus, to me it's the Queen of vegetables. Have fun.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  15. What wonderful Spring pictures! I loved them all!

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  16. Oh I do love your chickens ☺ and these are all wonderful spring pictures....here is autumn and we have been enjoying wonderful warm days xo

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  17. I had to smile with the photo of the two B's, sitting at the table with helmet on... Flashback :-) ! Remember when we were young - as soon as we could play outside, we couldn't be stopped... And even eating had to be done at a record pace, just to go play again as soon as possible... (So why even bother taking a helmet off ??)
    That photo really is pure spring for me :-) !!
    Xxx

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    1. Thanks, Ingrid. They wear their helmets all day long lately. It makes them so sweaty but they're ready for anything. :)

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  18. Very nice pics of springs ... here it's so cold and rainy .... we're feeling in autumn !!!! Have a lovely end of the week and happy easter !

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  19. what a gorgeous spring post. love your feather print shirt, and your garden photo with the ornaments in, are those rain bells?

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    1. Thanks, Tess. Yes, those are rain bells. I love them but we only ever get enough rain to fill them in summertime. :)

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  20. Spring is good! I am glad you are enjoying your holidays. x

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  21. So beautiful, I love all your bright and sunny pictures and I can just imagine the fragrance of those gorgeous hyacinths. Wishing you and your lovely family a very happy Easter, Jennifer.
    Helen xox

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  22. Lovely pictures! It's great that yo spend so much time together during the spring break and enjoy the good weather outside!

    Hard Floor polishing Battersea

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  23. Hi to the little bears, and the cute chickens. It sure looks like Spring at your house. The hyacinths are just beautiful, and so is the apple blossom. Enjoy the Spring break with your family.

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  24. Hello Jennifer,

    What a rainbow of colours to greet us in your post today. Your holiday break has clearly been a colourful one, just the jolt of colour needed to herald the new season ahead!

    Egg dyeing will also take place here in Budapest. It is a great tradition in Hungary to decorate the table with an arrangement of coloured hard boiled eggs, to be eaten together with the traditional ham. It us so comforting, we find, to have these traditions which one waits for in great anticipation each year. We shall also have wands of Pussy Willow about the house and chocolate rabbits too!

    Wishing you and your family all joy and happiness this Eastertide!

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  25. You chose my favourite coloured hyacinth, I'm not so keen on the insipid pink ones, but those intense blue/lilac ones really do it for me, along with their gorgeious scent. I've just sown some very similar sunflowers to the ones you have there, some huge giant ones and then some mixed colours. I'm just hoping that the slugs leave them alone this year, I think I ended up with two last year from a big batch. Enjoy the rest of your spring break, it sounds like you've been having a relaxing time so far, and have a great Easter weekend.

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  26. Oh it sounds like your having such a lot of fun there. The weather changed for the worst here in Ireland as soon as the holiday started. Typical! But we are baling and doing lots of crafts so that's keeping us out of any mischief.
    Rosie

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  27. Oh it sounds like your having such a lot of fun there. The weather changed for the worst here in Ireland as soon as the holiday started. Typical! But we are baling and doing lots of crafts so that's keeping us out of any mischief.
    Rosie

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  28. I love Hyacinths, they are such such a beautiful flower to watch grow and unfold. Hope you ll have a wonderful Easter weekend xxx

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  29. You guys are in shirt sleeves? It's been so cold here ... we had a couple of proper spring days and then wham, winter came back.

    Another hyacinth fan here, I just adore their scent :)

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  30. Another super set of photos - love the hyacinths, the children in their cycle helmets and the chicken! It always looks so sunny with you too - very jealous!
    Caz xx

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  31. Beautiful, bright, strong colours in your photographs. Sounds like a relaxing but enjoyable break so far. Happy Easter! X

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  32. Blue sky. Eating outside. Oh I wish!!

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  33. It looks so warm there, I'm very jealous. Love the first photo of the chicken, she looks so quizzical :)

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  34. Looks like you have been making the most of your warmer weather.

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  35. A hyacinth in the house sounds heavenly :). I am looking forward to short sleeves we are not warm enough for that yet, snow again this week! Your break sounds wonderful, just how I would spend my days.

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  36. It sounds like a beautiful week.
    Happy Easter,
    Meredith

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  37. What a fantastic post, and your photos are gorgeous and refreshing. Happy Easter. :)

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  38. Shorts make them seem even younger!

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  39. Your spring looks almost like summer to me, Jennifer. :-) I'm glad you're enjoying spring break and hope you've had a lovely Easter.

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