I woke up with a literal spring in my step and have been bouncing around the house - doing dishes, wiping counters, and getting kids out of the house for school after a week of spring break.
And it's made me think back on this time last year. It's been so much fun going through our first year in this house. There's been a lot of firsts and much of the winter was spent discovering lots of new things about our yard - like how cool it is to have a big hill in our backyard and to have neighbors over after every snow storm to sled, learning that shoveling a wider driveway takes a lot longer than we had thought, and now experiencing early spring in this house.
It's been almost a year since we moved in - later this week is the anniversary, actually. But last year we had a much earlier spring. At this time last year, the daffodils were almost gone already and we had a lot of new growth in the front gardens. This year, the daffodils just came up this weekend and there's only a few other plants that we can see peeking out of the ground. But a wonderful surprise showed up yesterday. Look at the hyacinth! We never saw them last spring.
The fun thing about spring in the midwest is that it seems to happen overnight. Maybe it's because the cold/winter season lasts so darn long. Or maybe it's because we're holed up inside for so many months that we just haven't noticed the earliest signs. Either way, it seems to happen really quickly.
For example, yesterday, the daffodils seemed to grow about 3 inches and overnight had some yellow showing.
Or maybe I'm smiling because spring break is over and the kids are back at school.
You decide. :)