Posts Tagged With: Spring

Spring is just around the corner!

Frog and Toad Spring

Yesterday’s post Attention Snow Scrooges 2.0 may have led you believe that I’m not looking forward to spring, but I am! Spring is my favorite season and every year when the flowers start to poke through the soil, I think of Frog and Toad’s “The Corner”. I have always loved that story. I devoured Frog and Toad stories as a child and still think of them often (Anyone remember Frog and Toad struggling with willpower in “Cookies”?). Now that P is able to read them, he’s devouring them too. Tonight we’ll read “The Corner” together. Tomorrow we’ll start working on the garden, or as P likes to say, play in the dirt.

What are your favorite spring stories, activities, or traditions?

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And the green grass grows all around

Grow Spring Grass
It’s 27 degrees Fahrenheit outside, but it’s definitely spring inside this morning! This is by far the easiest science activity we’ve done in a long time…with the fastest and best payoff.

Here are our 5 simple ingredients to growing SPRING.

  1. One Goodwill clearance wine glass from the 70s.
  2. Small pebbles or rocks.
  3. Soil
  4. Wheat-grass seeds soaked in water overnight.
  5. Cool frog mister from the Target dollar bins.

I couldn’t ask for a better spring activity. It’s P’s job to mist them daily and report on any new growth. He checks it first thing everyday and reports with wonder and amazement.

Grow grass indoors

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Peek into my world; mother of a six-year old

I walk in the door after a long day at work and I’m greeted by my son wearing this once perfectly white shirt. I know, I know. Who sends their child to school in a white shirt in spring? I expected marker, paint or maybe food stains. Instead he wore home a great deal of Mother Earth.

Me: Paolo, what happened to your shirt?!

Paolo, nonchalantly: I fell off the merry-go-round…a few times.

No big. I can add it to the steadily growing “camping clothes” pile. By summer, the pile’ll be far larger than his everyday clothes pile.

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Spring must cultivate childhood memories. My mind starts to wander in the strangest places and I can’t stop returning to old times. These memories are usually related to my grandparents. Last week I focused on those enchanting visits to Grandma Betty’s house in Clinton, Iowa. Yarrow, our cousins and I would play among the weeping willows and catch lightning bugs in the heat of the summer. We’d turn cartwheels and play tag in the fading light and then it was off the sleep. I’d settle into my fold-out bed in a room jam-packed with birdseed, folded sheets, clothes in storage and an old humming refrigerator. I’d listen to the late night tennis games being played in the tennis court across the gravel road. The heat was the heavy, humid kind, but I didn’t mind it much back then as I laid in bed listening to the crickets and the tennis balls. In fact, it was pretty close to perfect.

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