I love a good thunderstorm…

I woke up this morning to the sound of rain and thunder. Spring has arrived and it could not have come soon enough! I miss thunderstorms during the winter. It is one of my favorite things about Spring. I am not a fan of rainy days really, but a good loud thunderstorm immediately followed by sun and warmth is my idea of the perfect Spring day. I know a lot of people who are afraid of storms, I don’t see the scary in them. To me they are romantic and relaxing. There is something very powerful about the sky letting loose. Then afterwards, the birds start chirping again and everything is clean. It’s like Mothers Natures way of wiping the slate clean after a nasty winter.

I texted Jim this morning and said if it’s still raining tonight, I want to go play in the rain. I love running around outside in the rain. I might even take Tyler out in it. Although, Tyler is not a fan of anything that gets him wet or dirty. I bet I could convince him with a few puddle stomps!

I have a lot of great memories of Jim and I that involve storms. There was the night he put the futon mattress out in the driveway, it was only sprinkling and it was really warm out. All of a sudden it started pouring, sheets of rain. I got up to run into the house and he pulled me back down and we kissed in the downpour. One of the best things about Jim is that he can pull off some really romantic stuff and he doesn’t even realize it. He didn’t put that mattress out there to be romantic, he did it because he thought it would be fun. I knew Jim was right for me when I asked him to run through the park with me in the rain and he didn’t even hesitate. He just took off. He didn’t care that we looked totally insane.

One of the things I hope to teach Tyler is not to take life to seriously. Don’t not do something because you are afraid of how you will look or because you don’t want to get your clothes dirty. Life isn’t about looking perfect or acting perfect all the time, it’s about the experiences you have. It’s about having fun! In a world that is so serious all the time, sometimes you just have to go outside and play in the rain.

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Polar vortex….pshhhhh!

I don’t know about everyone else but I suffer every year from the winter blues. It’s been worse this year than in previous years and I think it’s that way for most people. This winter has seemed like it has lasted forever and has been exceptionally brutal. I mean, polar vortex????? That sounds like pretty serious winter crap. In fact, every time I hear it I think of one of those end of the world movies. I also think it’s kind of amazing how one spring day smack dab in the middle of the “polar vortex” can completely change your mood. At least it does mine. If I can open my windows, wear flip flops, go for a walk and breathe without my nostrils freezing shut then I am all butterflies and roses. Winter sucks. The only good thing about it is that you can get fat and no one can tell if you are really getting fat or if you are just wearing 17 layers of clothes.

Today was a beautiful day, at almost 60 degrees, that is my kind of day. We had the windows open. Jim even mowed the “grass” (leaves). Tyler and I went outside for short periods of time since he is still getting over his sickness and his cough is ridiculous. I found some things today that made me believe that winter is almost done torturing us.

1. I vacuumed my house this morning and found huge clumps on Bennett hair. I am telling myself this is because he is shedding his winter coat and not because I hadn’t vacuumed in a few days. 😉

2. Tyler and I found a caterpillar outside today. I was very excited about this. Caterpillars mean spring right???

3. Bennett has taken to digging up last years outside toys. I mean if his naked chicken is done hibernating then summer should be right around the corner.

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4. Did I mention Jim mowed the grass??? That means even though it was mostly leaves, my house smelled like freshly cut grass. My longing for spring was turned up about 100 notches after that. And the best part was that Tyler got to go for a ride, which is like his favorite thing ever!

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There are 52 days left until Spring. That is less than 2 months. I am truly hoping these 2 months go by quickly and we have more 60 degree days but considering there is supposed to be wind chill tomorrow of like -30 I’m not going to count on it. Maybe someday I will move somewhere warmer. I’m not getting my hopes up for that either…..see my winter blues is setting back in at the thought of the “polar vortex” returning tomorrow. I see my space heater, a blanket and socks in my future….yuck!