Our spring, your spring.

Totally loved the last batch of comments and laughed at how many people share a CD destroying past and fear of cops. For all of you, I will make up for the past and have a ceremonious blasting of speakers today while I clean house. Ace of Base, Baby. Just because “all that she wants is another baby” doesn’t mean she’s goin’ to hell.

It feels like Spring here. Like Warm and Cool have exchanged vows in a beautiful blue-skied ceremony and have brought forth a love child who dwells right here, right now. She is splendid, this love child, and she brings with her breezes that send our curtains fluttering and call the babies outside.

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The garden I thought was a lost cause has suddenly been born again or, as Brett says, “goin’ nuts,” and I’m in a rare mood to plunge my hands into sudsy buckets and slop wet rags along floors and base boards and clean some house.

And since most of the country still has a snowy hump to summit before surveying blue skies and blooming crocus, I will bring you Spring. I’m a good sharer, so you can have some of ours.

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I remember two main times in my life when I think of Spring. One was about seven years old. I remember our neighborhood, the kids who thought 55 degrees meant shorts and jellyshoes and the adults who washed their cars in their driveway when you could still see your breath. I remember picking out Easter dresses, new white tights and black patent leather shoes I’d lose a week later.

The other memories are much clearer as it was more recent. I lived with my grandparents when I attended college. In a small blue house on Dorothy Lane in a town known for two things–its Free Methodist church and its Free Methodist college. The juxtaposition of a young girl trying to find her place in the world living with her eighty-some-year-old grandparents very secure with theirs was interesting and made for a very enlightening, nostalgic and sculpting-of-the-soul experience. Regardless, I’ll never forget a Spring Arbor, Michigan Spring. How the amaryllis my dad gave my grandma every Christmas finally bloomed and how my grandma would call him up to tell him. How snow melting off the deck swing meant it was time to tidy up, pull the grill out, place pads on outdoor chairs. I remember bright yellow forsythia blooms were the first to show their colors against the gray leftovers of winter and how they signaled yard work and longer walks with Koko, the one-eyed cocker spaniel. Spring meant a good cleaning–the smell of Barkeeper’s Friend, a glossy finish on the gold linoleum, a switch-out of grandkids’ pictures in frames. Spring meant I’d attempt to clean all the crap that had multiplied over winter in the back seat of my teal Ford Escort wagon with the duct-taped fender (a.k.a. “The Staysh”) because it was the one thing I owned and cleaning it gave me a sense of control even though it didn’t really matter if it was clean or not. I mean, come on. It had a duct-taped fender and the passenger door didn’t open because I ran that side of the car into a tree which is a moot point, but still.

And now, I merge the past with the present in my love of Spring. I plan my girls’ Easter dresses, search out some good jelly shoes, and slip a can of Barkeeper’s Friend in my grocery cart…for old time’s sake.

Behold, I bring you Springish things we’re loving. A sneak preview of things to come your way.


Pastels

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Easter gloves for Dress-up

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Apple Blossom Candles

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Mirror Makeover

Once dull and goldish and unnoticeable. Now red and vibrant and happy. Brett said yesterday, “What are you doing to our house? You’re, like, spraypainting every day.” And, as my friend Nadya coined, “I’m debeigeifying,” I tell him. Important in homes just as it is in our personalities. Debeigeify. Color it up, Dude.

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Besides, red looks really nice with our $10 blue tablecloth.

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I know, the creases. Iron, much?

I’ll have you know the inspiration I got from setting that table yesterday fueled me to clean the bejesus out of my kitchen.


Reemergence of Vibrant Clogs

I dug out the hot pink clogs I bought five years ago and have only worn maybe three times. That’s about to change.

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And pink clogs plus pink skirt plus pink bike screams pink in a way that says “Hey, I’m high on life, how ’bout you?”…which is how I like to greet people anyway, so it works out great that I get to save my voice.

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Bare Feet

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Swimsuits

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And Flower Cupcakes served with Butterfly Napkins

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And if that wasn’t enough to carry some Spring over to your weekend, then how’s about a Pre-Spring giveaway?

New Sponsor, Tahnie Woodward and her Stella & Dot shop are climbing aboard the sidebar, and we’re loving everything her shop has to offer. After you order, shoot her an e-mail (tahnie@gmail.com), and she’ll refund you 10% off.

Favorites?

These badass spring green earrings. Long and dangly and very catch-your-eye but still comfortable. I’m in love.

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…and a whole line of Little Girl jewelry. Lainey loves her new necklace, the Little Charlotte (and the pretty canister it came in that’s now home to one Laffy Taffy, three Squinkies, a barette, a lipgloss and a fuzzy Dora sticker that lost its stick).

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she’s wearing Nella’s size 3 month vest too. Ha.

A random comment will be selected to win a $40 gift certificate, provided by Tahnie, to her Stella & Dot shop. So tell me five of your favorite past spring memories. Did you make kite collages in kindergarten or chart your In-like-a-lion and In-like-a-lamb predictions for March 1st? Did you convince your mom to buy you one of those silly broad-brimmed lavender Easter hats or shape rice crispy treats into bunnies and chicks? Do tell.

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Now pardon me, I have some Ace of Base calling for a dance with the mop.

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  1. I return to your blog over and over for inspiration! Love you, love your family and love, love, love your attitude on life!!!

  2. O how I miss spring!! These photos only make me miss it more :0)

    Michigan was hit with more snow overnight … ce la via. At least that means we’re one more snowstorm closer to spring arriving here!

  3. Sneaking into our neighbors pool, ice pops on the back porch, chocolate bunnies missing one ear and two eyes,yellow daffodils, cold coke and a moon pie

  4. 5 things I love about spring – pussy willows, flowering trees, lilacs, the feeling of warmth and sunshihne and baby animals. Lisa L.

  5. Love me some Nadya-isms. And your beautiful spring weather.

  6. Beautiful post! It is snowing here! I can’t wait till SPRING!

  7. gosh your Girl has style! My 6 year old is a dress girl, but mainly shorts and a t-shirt to ride her bike/scooter whatever in!

  8. Hahaha….love that glimpse of spring. Snowing here in Idaho today.

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  10. Oooh SPRING!!! Oh sweet SPRING!!!
    We’re just about to finish up Summer here & enter Autumn. Although, we feel a slight shift in seasons…it’s not very dramatic! So I bask in the different seasons through my American based family & your blog Kelle :)
    Best Spring memory: I don’t really just have ONE…but a string of them. Spring means going to the park, feeding the ducks, picnic rugs sprawled out, bare feet & happy kids. It’s the perfect temperature to stay out til dark & still enjoy ice-cream. My girl loves Spring :)
    And I love seeing Spring through your eyes {or lens} Kelle.
    Happy weekend & happy Spring cleaning!
    xo

  11. My favorite spring memory is the day my now husband took me to our favorite college hang out (the park), we fed ducks, walked the twisting path, played on the suspension bridge, smelled the blooming flowers, and then he asked me to marry him.

  12. Yay! Your blog is the metaphorical spring to my week :) Keep on bringin’ the joy and warmth!

  13. My Mom always sewed our Easter dresses. The one year I recall the dresses clearly…They had pantaloons, yup. I think that was the year I was 5 or 6 my sister and I thought we were all that. It was probably in at the time…Or maybe it was just our love for American Girl that inspired it?

  14. mmm… spring in ohio means a few things to me:

    1. birthday is coming!! time to put together a huge wish list!!!

    2. blooms and blossoms galore!! (but none that i’ve planted. are you kidding? i kill all plants!)

    3. the dollar spot at target gets a pastel makeover, and the easter aisle beckons with easter themed things to bake!

    4. gardening things are out on the shelves at stores! i can dream, right?

    5. my latest obsession is with crocheted flowers. actually, any flowers. i’m making felt flower hair clips for little girls. they rock, and make me feel much warmer inside than the feet of snow outside do.

    oh spring can’t come fast enough!!

  15. We’re in Illinois and Spring showed up for about 3 days then we got more snow. It was unfair of Mother Nature to tease us that way.

    So thank you for sharing yours. My wintered-out soul needs some sunshine.

  16. Your family is the cutest…ever! I must know, where did you get that blue tablecloth?

  17. We definitely did an in-like-a-lion, out-like-a-lamb activity for March in school every year… complete with cotton ball lambs and yarn-maned lions. Classic. Thanks for sharing your spring! I definitely needed some. :)

  18. Have been following your blog for a while now but have yet to write a comment! But your spring give away has definitely inspired me if I wasn’t inspired before, (which incidentally I was 😀 ) Beautiful photos as always. Love love love the clogs. We live on Vancouver Island in BC and it is snowy snow snowy here! I’m anxiously awaiting bare feet and butterfly napkins!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Thanks for sharing your Spring! Here in Minnesota it feels so very far from the beauty of spring. I’m in that “I need spring” rut right now so thanks, I needed that!

    Spring reminds me of…shorts with tights underneath (since I’m from North Dakota and all), Dairy Queen, The Big C (my mom went crazy with the cleaning), outdoor games, and HAPPINESS!

  20. Ace of Base, fear of cops, debeigeifying…I’m thinking Your just as cool as I am:) Lol!

    First smell of cut grass…walking barefoot in the grass in the morning when it’s still a lil wet…pink lemonade…watching the days become longer & longer…road trips:)

    I love lainey’s fashion style lately…& that picture of Nella by the pool holding the lil pony, one of my faves! Keep rocking out that pink girl, you look amazing in it:)xo

  21. ack forgot to write what I love about spring… apple blossom trees are by far my favourite. But also the smell of a spring evening… getting to wear just a light sweater.. and the sun being up still at 7pm!

  22. Splashing in the puddles!
    Playing in the mud!
    Easter dresses and egg hunts!
    Bright colors after the dreary winter!
    The promise of summer just around the corner!!
    I love spring, especially the smell of the fresh earth….thanks for sharing your springtime!

  23. Spring memories:

    5. Peeps. My husband loves them (I do too, don’t tell).

    4. The arrival of the cherry blossoms.

    3. In elementary school when we started having gym outside again.

    2. My birthday. I anticipate for months and celebrate for days.

    1. Awaiting my daughter’s birth last year and eagerly planning her first birthday this year. Nothing like spring babies :)

  24. We just recieved another 15 inches of snow today and my soul just aches for spring, blooms and sunshine on my shoulders. Thanks for sharing yours.

    My favorite springtime memories are new baby chicks on the farm and riding my bikes for miles the first few days the snow melts.

  25. Ah spring. Amazing. I’m so jonesing your spring right now (we have a storm here blowing 60+ knot winds).

    Spring starts with snow drops (bulbs) and then all of the other bulbs bursting from the dirt, bringing color and scent. I remember Easter egg hunts, searching for the revered “L’eggs” Egg – that was the mother of all eggs on the hunt. The smell of lilacs. Posed shots with my brother and my mother telling me not to get my dress dirty before a picture. Grass stains on my pants.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane and for sharing the beauty of Florida.

    Peace,

    Jennifer from Annapolis

  26. Oh my gosh! Too too funny! I had a Ford Escort wagon as my first car. It had a short life. Shortly after I got it, we had to lay it to rest. I was probably 16 or 17 and my parents met me in the parking lot of my summer job to go shopping. I hopped in their car and left my wagon in the parking lot, intending to pick it up when we passed by on the way home. Well about 30 minutes after we left, the kid who relieved me from my shift called me and wanted to know what I wanted him to do because my car just burst into flames in the parking lot! I asked if he called 911 and he said no. I told him that probably should’ve been his first call. (-; What a nut! (He was book smart, but didn’t have much common sense. Sweet kid though anyway!) By the time we got there, there was a group of people from the neighborhood that had come to watch and some even had picnic baskets. I always said people in that town needed to get out more, but that isn’t quite what I meant!

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  27. I remember that one of our cats always had kittens in the spring. We loved those fuzzy baby kittens. They were so tiny and darling! We just loved them! We weren’t allowed to touch them and we couldn’t always find them in the yard because the mommy’s kept them well hidden from our prying fingers, but we knew they were there and we were so excited. Babies are always exciting. No matter what species, right?

    Wishing you a lovely Spring weekend Kelle! Hope you are able to paint something a vibrant shade of blue : ) Love, Becky

  28. SInce I live in Brazil…there isnt much of a spring. We have Hot…Summer HELL…and then some more HOT. But..I am loving all the spring you are sharing with us!!

  29. My top five spring memories are as follows:
    1. I remember entering Sears when I was about 10 years old and seeing this gorgeous pink dress that I had to have for Easter. My mom agreed. It’s still one of my favorite Easter dresses…even though I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing it now :)
    2. I used to take walks in the spring with my best friend in high school. We would walk around her neighborhood or mine…but it was always magical. All the flowers in bloom along the way, the way the air smelled, and the gorgeous fluffy clouds in the sky…it was perfect.
    3. I started dating my husband in the spring. We had some wonderful memories in those early days. Long car drives on spring nights, hanging out in Starbucks, and we went to Disneyland with some friends. It was a beautiful start to our relationship.
    4. I remember how much I used to read when I was younger…and there was something so magical about reading outside in the spring…or even inside, for that matter. The sunlight was just the perfect amount of light for me to read by…and it was such a calming experience.
    5. Springtime is my favorite time of year to take pictures outside. I love capturing the beauty around me.

  30. When I was a kid, spring meant climbing one of the trees in our front yard and reading a book for hours after school – because it was still light out. :)

  31. Cadbury Mini Eggs, watching the Michigan winter melt into spring, easter egg hunts at grandma and grandpas house, that day when you realize the ice cream shop is open after the winter!!!, going to the zoo/petting farms to see the baby animals.

  32. The first lemonade stand of the year.
    The old rope and wooden board swing hanging from a tree in my grandmother’s yard.
    Dressing my boys up on Easter in pastel colored plaid shirts and tan slacks.
    Creating an Easter scavenger hunt for my kids the last year that they believed in the Easter bunny.
    Pink toenail polish and lip gloss.

  33. Lets see, my past spring memory is a funny one. It was when I was about 8 or 9 years old and my parents hid easter eggs in our living room for my sister(about 5 y/o) and I. Well I heard my parents tell her that one of the eggs was behind the sofa, so I ran to get it and while I was getting it she got so mad that I sole her eggs she started stomping on the back of my legs while I am laying on my belly behind the sofa. It wasn’t funny at the time but now we all find it so funny since my sister is the shy and quite type and she totally made me cry with all the stomping she did. I also wore jelly shoes when I was a kid too, Although I just found some great chinese laundry jellies, hot pink with bows :)

  34. Your Spring pictures make me want Spring to come like…tomorrow.
    Love the picture with Nella holding her pony. Adorable!
    Love the pink bike! And the green earrings!
    My favorite spring memory…gosh my memory is so bad, I can hardly remember anything! I know I like spring though! Probably my favorite season. With the flowers in the trees and the light breeze…there’s nothing better.

  35. My Easter dress that had bells on it and I LOVED to twirl and make the bells chime
    A new bonnet every year!
    Robin egg lipstick! (I hope that makes sense)
    Spring Break from school
    Forsythia
    The smell of gardenias

    You are so inspirational!

  36. Spring was always getting my dad out to play basketball in the driveway, chalking every inch of concrete and sweet, sweet strawberries and I would sneak out of the fridge and dip in sugar when my mom wasn’t looking.

  37. Living in Buffalo, I am counting down the days for spring…
    5 things past spring memories…

    1. Both my babies were born in spring (March 24 and 31)…Nothing better than to start the spring season with a new bundle of joy
    2. Getting all dressed up for Easter in a new dress.
    3. Tulips…Love Tulips…
    4. The smell of fresh cut grass
    5. Spring cleaning… Getting rid of the old and starting fresh…

  38. Ahhh, it looks like spring here also. Your girls are adorable.

  39. Ahhh Spring. In Minnesota we’re a long ways away with record breaking blizzards within the last week.

    Five favorite spring memories:
    -Taking my bunnies outside in the grass
    -Camping in the tent in the backyard for the first time
    -Signing up for summer camp
    -Counting down to the end of the school year
    -Neighborhood games until dusk

    Thanks for the reminder that eventually, it will come. : )

  40. Kelle,

    I love that song, I love your girls, and those cupcakes…think I am going to get me some – yum!!

  41. Kelle, your blog is so inspiring. Every time it pops up in my reader I can hardly wait 2 milliseconds to click on it. So, thank you! I love the word “Debeigeify”, love love love it! I will have to start using it.

  42. Oh I love it when you ask us for our top favs. I’m only going to share one because it’s longer. My favorite spring memory was my birthday party in 2nd grade. It falls on April 16th and my mom invited all the 2nd grade girls. I NEEDED a unicorn pinata and naturally it snowed on the 16th. My parents rigged up the pinata in the garage and when the girls hit it, my grandma would throw a bunch of candy up in the air. My family is awesome.

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  44. LOVE Spring! This year has been most special. In Oklahoma we hit the 70s last week and I took my small one out of the warm confines of home and we walked around the neighborhood each day. It was perfect.

  45. Best Spring moments: 1)wearing fancy shoes to church on Easter Sunday 2)Riding bikes into the chilly evening 3)Cherry blossoms in full bloom on my college campus 4)fist smell of cut grass 5)Wearing sandals but my toes are cold (I live in the NW USA) :)

  46. In October, I moved to a house that was built in 1939… I’m totally obsessed with searching the flowerbeds to see what is starting to grow!!! Every new sprout is a new surprise!

    Also, in the 4th grade we had to make Easter Bonnets and wear them to a spring fling. I had so much fun making mine with my mom. It hung in my bedroom until college (yikes)…. i will be searching my mother’s attic this weekend in hopes to find it!!!!

  47. It is currently -28 C here (-18 F). The photos of you and your lovely girls swimming (!), outdoors (!!!!), in a non-polar-bear-swim situation (!!!!!!!) are like a knife in my heart and make me green with envy.

    If we are lucky (VERY LUCKY), Spring will start in April. March is actually the month that we get the highest snowfall here, and last year we had snow on Victoria Day Long Weekend (which is the weekend before your Memorial Day). Gardens don’t get planted until the beginning of June if you’re ballsy (or lucky!)…most of us put in our plants for Father’s Day.

    My favorite Spring memories….
    -The sight of budding green leaves.
    -The smell of wet ground, thawing in the sunshine
    -The sound of melting snow running through the eavestroughs
    -The way the sun warms the back of your legs when you stand outside
    -Robins setting up nests!

  48. When I was little, spring meant 2 amazing things: the wading pool would get brought out, and we would play in it every day until the second thing: new ducklings! They would take over the pool after that, until they were old enough to graduate to our big pond. Now, my favorite part of spring is a good thunderstorm, and sitting on the porch with friends and dogs while cranking music from inside and enjoying the breeze and the occasional gust that soaks your legs. Ahhhh…

  49. Love …
    – getting to hit the parks again and staying for way too long
    – making up the perfect May day baskets (it was cold in Iowa for a long, long time) and dropping them off at the neighbors
    – being able to wear sandals and no freezing feet
    – open windows, letting the breeze in (one of my most favorites ever I think)
    – smelling spring showers

    Love your blog and I love your take on life. Lainey and Nella are so blessed to have you as their mama!

  50. Your photos so sharply contrast to what is outside my door in MI right now, it makes me so happy for you but spring seems so far away for us. Spring memories…so many great ones over the years, I’m sure, but since my father passed away very unexpectedly last spring I cannot recall too many of them. The best memories I have involve my father and my family.

    PS
    I LOVE the red mirror!!!

    Debbie

  51. Oh how I love spring! Too bad spring feels so far in the distance as it is a whopping 4 degree winter wonderland here in WA today. I grew up on a farm and spring to me is the melting of snow and giant icicles that hung from the edge of the house, new baby animals being born, burning of old browned grass in the fields so new could grow through, overflowing creeks that often lead to roads being closed, finally time to ride bikes to our neighbors which were at least a half a mile away, and of course picking out the perfect Easter dress, tights, shoes, hat, and gloves! Brings back such great memories! Thanks for that!

  52. I remember we use to hold our thumbs over the thermometer outside to get it to warm up because we weren’t allowed to go swimming in the creek unless it was at least 88 degrees out. When it was there one of us (4 girls) would run into the house to get mom to show her that it was warm enough to swim. I think she only ever fell for it once:)

    Every Easter each of us girls got a new Easter/spring dress. Either we would go shopping for them or my mom would make them for us. Moms always had lace or pearls (or both!) and sashes:)

    I would get so excited that the crocuses where blooming and it was warm out I would go out in bare feet. The mud that always seemed to be in the yard in the early spring was still very cold but I still went out barefoot:)

    I love the way it smells in the spring. Like the world took a big fresh breath of air. It makes you want to go outside and lay in the grass and plan amazing things to do over the summer (most of ours included lots of swimming in the creek).

    Every spring we always had a littler of kittens from one of out barn cats. I remember we always saw that the cat was no longer pregnant and would have to hunt around in the sheds and the barn for her litter so we could see how many she had and what colors they where:)

    I love spring :)

  53. 1. Picking out the perfect easter dress only to find out that on Easter morning you have to wear a cardigan and tights because it’s to freakin’ cold to wear a sleeveless dress!
    2. Peeps…..just sayin’!
    3. those first flowers to bloom – always the forsythia in our yard too
    4. the magnolia tree that follows the forsythia
    5. sneaking back into the house after the children are loaded in the car for Easter morning mass, so that I can place their Easter baskets on the couch “from the Easter Bunny”.

    Hurry up Springtime in St Louis! xo

  54. 1. Silly easter hats that I loved…they were hideous
    2. The one year I got an easter basket
    3. The first sunburn from a spring soccer tournament and going to church with crazy burn lines.
    4. Smell of lilacs
    5. Washington states spring rain showers…nothing compares to the smell.

    Love your blog and I laughed out loud when you said you had to break your CD’s…so close to home.

  55. 5 favorites about spring:

    -new life springing up
    -being able to walk barefoot through the grass
    -sweet tea with a hint of lemon
    -sunshine and warmer weather
    -the countdown to the end of school

  56. I love spring! Spring to me always meant the approaching of my birthday; sugary Peeps and Cadbury Eggs; cute Easter dresses (and hats!); pastel Polo shirts on my brothers; tulips; chocolate bunnies; and my mom filling our little candy bowl by the front door with Nestle chocolate eggs! :)

  57. From Alabama so we are clear of any snowy humps! Wonderful weather and I am LOVIN it! My fond memories would be…
    Making mud pies that included dit, leaves, and sticks!
    Selling lemonade out by the road…well actually selling lemonade does not really describe it considering each time we set it up we were luck to sell 2 glasses…and 1 of those glasses was to our mom!
    Going to the appliace store and getting the biggest box out of their trash bin and making a play house out of it! LOVED THAT…talk about entertaining a kid for hours…Our mom would cut out windows and doors! FUN TIMES!
    LOOKING FOR ROLLIE POLLIES!!! Yes…the actual bug…we would get a box and find as many as we could and make them a little house! Some how those little rollies would find their way out of the box before the next day!
    Running through the sprinkler while my granddaddy was trying to water his garden!! And my MOST favorite memory of all is helping my granddaddy in his garden! That is a memory that I will always cherrish!

    Can’t wait to read your next post!!!

  58. Beautiful pictures…wish spring would hit here too!! Cold and snowy…brr :( You bring such inspiration, and your blog and photos just calm me.
    Here are my 5 favorite spring memories…using a brand new skipping rope (one that wasn’t scuffed up like last year’s!)…playing with paper dolls on the cold concrete of the front porch with my little sister…bubbles…pulling out the bike and realizing that you really never forget how to ride…and helping my dad wash the car when the air was still chilly but the sun was shining and the water in the bucket was nice and warm :)

  59. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing that beautiful spring with us up North who are still shoveling out. I have so many plans for this spring/summer and they really seem to be taking their good old time getting here…. And the pic of Nella in the watermelon suit??? Cuteness personified!

  60. Im ready for bike rides with the kids

  61. As today is my district’s 4th or 5th snowday of the year (I’ve lost count for the first time ever), I can actually celebrate winter and its ability to grant me bonus days at home with my girl… but in general, I am yearning for spring like crazy. This post could not be more timely!

    5 Favorite Spring Memories:

    5. Easter baskets, Easter dresses as a girl

    4. An Ohio Easter with my CA niece & nephew visiting – they didn’t bring any socks b/c they were used to wearing flipflops, and there was still snow on the ground!

    3. Spring break when I lived in FL – knowing half the country was on vacay at the beach, but I **lived** there (wish I still did sometimes!)

    2. Hearing the birds in the trees of my backyard – sounds like an aviary when spring is in full swing!

    1. Seeing the first white blossoms on one particular tree during my first Northeast winter long ago – I called it “The Tree of Hope” in my head and felt a ridiculous amount of joy every time I saw it. I knew I had survived my first real winter!

    P.S. If you find grown-up jellies, please tell us where – I need to relive my 80s youth!

  62. I love spring just as much as I love the fall. There is nothing like a new season bringing new promise. Let’s see spring memories . . . making mud pies and putting them out in the sun to “bake”, running barefoot to chase down the ice cream man, my mom making that bunny cake with the coconut topping for Easter, practicing our tumbling moves in the front yard and catching fireflies in a jar (poor things never survived the night). Those were some great times.

  63. Ahhhhh, THANK YOU for a healthy dose of spring. Especially when I’m staring at 3 inches of white stuff.

    Ok…my five spring memories…in no particular order.

    1. The first smell of lilacs
    2. Mother’s Day camping trips to backbone state park (we stay in a cabin, but there’s a campfire).
    3. Breaking out the sandals and getting a pedi as soon as we have a 40 degree day.
    4. Wearing cute Easter dresses only to have a “freak” Iowa blizzard in the middle of April
    5. Planning both boy’s birthdays in April and May.

    So there you go…enjoy your “spring” and thanks for sharing. :-)

  64. Oh. My. Jealousy.

    First of all, I love the sunshine and pool and I am so jealous.

    Second, Nella and her My Little Pony brings me back… way back, to summers/springs/falls/winters on the beach (hey, I’m from CA).

    Finally, I LOVE the bright colors!

  65. Spring is about Jesus to me. It’s the wonderful Sunrise Service. Where you come and sit outside, and pray, and sing until you cry, but not because you’re sad – no – because you’re saved! Spring is like a new beginning to everything, the smell of fresh grass and flowers, the singing birds, the fresh air. May you all be blessed this spring!

  66. 5. The annual Easter morning photo in our Easter finest–some are beautiful, some are darling, and some are downright mortifying (hello pre-adolescent years).
    4. Watching my adult Aunt Donna tackling my grown Mother to the ground during the adult Easter egg hunt when I was 14. It was caught on video. It’s still funny.
    3. My fiance driving me home from a date in the snow on an April night. That may not have been too memorable had we lived anywhere but North Louisiana.
    2. Dyeing eggs and waking up to pastel painted baskets full of all kinds of goodies, including one of the greatest expressions of love of all time–the Reese Egg.
    1. Watching Micah hunt eggs for the first time last year was a hoot. He couldn’t walk yet, but tried any other mode of travel to get to those brightly colored plastic eggs.

  67. Oh how I am awaiting Spring. (We had snow flurries here today after hitting 80 degrees on Wednesday!)
    5. I remember planting crocus flowers with my older brother and waiting for them to pop up every year.
    4.One year we made a Easter Bunny snowman.
    3. After shopping for the Easter dress my grandma would always to take me out separately to buy my Easter purse. She is the reason I have way too many purses, if there is such a thing.
    2.Now I get to shop for Easter dresses for my two girls. (This year we went POLKS DOTS!!)
    1. This is my first Easter with my baby Aubrey. So excited to start new traditions with her.

    Enjoy the weather and if you feel like cleaning more baseboards, I will send you a ticket and you can come over to my house. **YIKES!!**

  68. 1. Floppy matching Easter hats for me and my sisters.
    2. Candy dish filled with Hershey’s eggs.
    3. Rain Boots
    4. Wearing a t-shirt even when it was still too cold.
    5. Cadbury Eggs

  69. Best Spring Memories:
    My daughter was finally released from the NICU on April 6th, and even though it had snowed two days prior, it was raining a nice drizzle all day and smelled green and fresh. The perfect way to bring her home.

    Finally moving into a condo with a yard, and setting up her little slide, which she still refuses to go down but trying to coax her down all afternoon

    Thinking, sure, it’s warm enough for hotdogs and lazing under the shade.

    Buying lots of seeds for planting, and having these great plans of flowers everywhere. The ideas were more fruitful than the flowers.

    As a kid I used to get a kite every easter and I would remember eagerly running outside to try out every little toy I got, but ruining the kite within the week. Darn pine trees

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  70. 1. Kite day in high school
    2. Jellies
    3. Easter dresses made by my mom
    4. Kayaking
    5. Reading a magazine on the beach after work

  71. 1. Picking out flower seeds with my Dad to give my Mom for Mother’s day :)
    2. Jumping on the trampoline with my sisters until my feet turned black.
    3. Cutting the grass for the first time in 5 months.
    4. Sliding my feet in my favorite flip flops that had grown dusty!
    5. Driving with my windows down and belting some Jewel :)

    Ah! Can’t wait!
    Love the Stella & Dot shop by the way!

  72. Favorite spring memory…I met my husband on Spring Break vacation!!! 3-22-2001..can’t believe it has almost been 10 years. I love Spring!

  73. Spring memories…so many!
    1) every year my grandma would buy me a new Easter dress.
    2) During grad school in chilly Philadelphia, seeing the daffodils that lined the streets finally popping up–yay! I hated the cold winters.
    3) My birthday is in spring…and I love to celebrate anyone’s birthday (but, you know, especially my own!) 😉
    4) My first Mother’s Day–going to brunch with my mom and grandma. It felt so great to be part of the Mom Club.
    5) Spring break trips to Hawaii with my whole family–it was a tradition my grandpa started and that we are trying to carry on with our own children (and my parents). So many amazing memories of that family time in the islands.

    Happy Spring!

  74. Spring is pulling out the toe baring shoes, picnics outside, blonde highlights, birthdays nearing and childrens with tans!

  75. well done you with the new red mirror, it looks fab. Spring to me as a child was staying at our cousin’s shack on the east coast of Tasmania, St Helens. Beach walks, cool evenings, running down sand dunes, perhaps a brave swim. Now I’m more conscious of the increase in daylength, something I’m desperate for after winter when it can start to get dark at 4.30pm. Oh and spring bulbs, daffodils, tulips & ranunculus.

  76. After spending an hour shoveling wet heavy snow this morning, your talk of spring invigorates me! Favorite spring time things…. green, coloring Easter eggs and having bright colored fingers for church the next day, poufy Easter dresses (mom never let us get hats, purses, or gloves…. something about not investing in something we’d only use once… yet we still got the poufy dresses… I digress), sitting on our porch as college students and basking in the warmth and happiness as friends walked by….

    Glad you’ve got warmth where you are, hoping ours isn’t too far away…. :-)

  77. 1. Crossing off the days until the end of school in my hand-drawn calendar that resided in my favorite school notebook.
    2. My birthday! Every year on March 13th:)
    3. March 2007 – the anticipation of a move to London.
    4. A walk through Westport with my parents the year I lived by myself. My mom made a beautiful fruit filled cake and sun spilled into my little 1-bedroom apartment.
    5. April 2009 – drawing a close to our time overseas, a family trip to Florence where my skin felt 80 degree weather for the first time in 2 years.

  78. Oh my gosh, I just love this blog and your sense of humor, and those girls! What a great blast of spring- I feel refreshed. :)

  79. 1) Outdoor photos! (it has been an very long winter and I would like to shoot with an iso below 800)
    2) Flip flops and sandals
    3) Seeing my girls bare baby arms
    4) long walks to the neighborhood fish pond
    5)spring FLOWERS

  80. I am constantly jealous of your weather over the past month or so! We’ve had a taste of spring last week, followed by a nasty winter storm to cover it all up again. Gotta love michigan winters! I took control of things today and went on an hour long drive for a much needed swimming adventure! Beautiful spring colors in your photos, and your girls are gorgeous as always! Bring on the spring!

  81. as i sit here well the snow is falling hard outside you pictures of spring make me long for warm days.

    my favorite five spring memories, 1-the easter dress that i always wanted when i was little but never got (a hoop dress and now looking back is just silly how do you sit), 2- playing on a playground that still has a little bit of moisture in the grass from snow 3- spring cleaning makes you feel so good 4-long walks at twilight 5- getting out of the house!

  82. Favorite Spring memory…
    I grew up in the South, so we didn’t get much of a winter, but I always knew Spring was here b/c the daffodils would bloom in the monkey grass in our backyard. We had millions of yellow flowers and it was breathtaking. I would gather bouquets for my mom in March and April. She loved them and displayed them all over our house in vases. She tied ribbons on the vases and I now do the same thing. It makes the arrangement even more special. ahhhhhh….. spring.

  83. Dude. I totally had a little red Ford Escort Hatch in college – it was called Little Red. And still to this day, in addition to my beautiful babies and singing voice, the fact that I could drive that little stick shift like a total pro is one of my favorite things about me ever. Unfortunately, Little Red was towed for good by the City of Chicago when I couldn’t get it to start and it was still covered by dirty snow in like…May or something. Other than the unfortunate demise of my sweet little hatchback, Spring reminds me of walking home from either school or later work and that smell that you get in the Midwest at Springtime. Know what I’m talking about? The air smells different and sweeter and you can breathe better. Ahhhhh. I can’t wait.

  84. Ace of Base, baby. “I saw the sign, and it opened up my eyes, I saw the sign…” I belt that thing at least once a week.

    Five Springy memories?
    1. Blowing up peeps in the microwave.
    2. Taking foil and making large bunny teeth to cap over my own teeth.
    3. Looking for caterpillars in my Grammy’s garden as she planted away.
    4. Finally putting the pants away to break out the multicolored biker shorts (remember wearing those under big shirts? Add the whoopty-do that helped tie one side of the shirt up and you were stylin’!)
    5. Making wishes by blowing out dandelions.

    Hello, Spring. And hello, Nella’s My Little Pony she has there. I still have all 100 of mine in a basket in my closet.

  85. My first favorite spring memory is when my fiance and I experienced our first spring living together. We cleaned the heck out of our little appartment. Even at the store buying supplies the cashier said “spring cleaning?” and we looked at each other and giggled and said yes!

    Next is from when I was a kid. The first playground trip without a coat! It was always my favorite!

    Next is my mom doing an easter egg hunt. I always loved knowing she spent the time to make my easter morning special.

    Then mowing the lawn for the first time after winter. It smells so fresh and new, and it looks so lovely!

    And last but not least is getting the garden all ready! I love planting seeds, and watching everything grow.

    Spring is such a beautiful time of year, and I am so happy you shared yours with us <3

  86. Funny thing is… Ace if base totally reminds me if spring! My best childhood friends and I used to love when there was just enough grass showing out at our cabin that we could dig the quads out and drive them all day singing”I saw the sign” and revelling in the weather and our youthfulness! I Also remember walking to school down the streets where the water had collected during the sunny days on the sides of the road and froze over just enough that we could crunch through the top layer early te next morning on our way to school with our rubber boots… Ahh spring. Wish it was here already! I can’t wait to puddle jump!

  87. I LOVE that first picture. Makes me want to laugh with delight.

    We’re in a freakish cold snap, so I’m having a hard time remembering what spring is… Boo.

  88. 1. Watching the first bulbs I’d ever planted come up through the snow drift in Minnesota!

    2. Taking my kiddos in the wagon to get a donut at the bakery.

    3. Baking “recipes” outside with my sister!

    4. Seminary spouse’s spring retreat. Good times with good friends.

    5. Finding the sandbox under all that snow!

  89. My favorite part of spring is everything feeling alive and new again. I love in the very beginning seeing the daffodils and other flowers just starting to peek out of the ground.

  90. Spring always makes me think of a drive-in in my hometown. It was only open from mid March through Labor Day weekend. It didn’t matter how cold it was the day it opened. You went, you stood in the very long line, and you got yourself an ice cream cone. Then it was Spring.

  91. Lovely post. Definitely Easter itself…chalky chocolate eggs hidden in the grass..real and plastic alike…and the flowers in bloom. I can’t wait to start Easter traditions with my baby!

  92. My mom use to make me Easter dresses. She would stay up late the night before just to get it finished. Easter morning was just as exciting as Christmas morning.
    Spring is by far my favorite season, but it seems as though it is the shortest lived and easiest to forget. Blossoms give way to leaves and greenery becomes the norm. Warmth consumes our mind and transition from the depths of winter is forgotten. The growth that occurred after death is no longer praised and complacency sets in as summer begins.

  93. My favorite things about spring: little girls in Easter dresses, the sudden need on my part to use a razor, open-toed shoes, new lambs & calves, and baseball!

  94. 5 favourite spring memories:

    1. That spring smell. You just know it as soon as you breathe it in and it lifts your heart for the light and life to come!

    2. Easter egg hunts and floppy homemade Easter hats!

    3. The excitement you feel over all the budding leaves and blossoms. The promise of beauty blooming.

    4. The smells of fresh-mown grass and warm sand.

    5. Spring wardrobe! Hurray! A light jacket, light-coloured clothing, sandals (or hot pink clogs, whatever floats your boat :) ), light knit sweaters for the evenings, shaved legs, pink toenails, hatless heads (ok I actually miss hats in the spring).

  95. The first sound of the lawnmowers cranking up, wading barefoot thru snow-melt puddles warmed by the sun, a “springy” April b-day, rather than a wintry one (could go either way!), the misty green of the leaves starting to unfurl on the trees , wearing Easter clothes!

  96. Searching for Easter eggs around my great-aunt’s quonset, bringing my youngest home from the hospital at the end of April and seeing green grass popping up, the first Slurpee of the season, my girls’ first gelatos of the season last year and Easter brunch with our best friends in Victoria.

    Pretty random but those are my favourite spring memories.

  97. Opening the windows… feeling the breeze… and the smell of my daughters’ hair after playing outside in their secret fairy land.. just at the back end of the lawn. I can smell Spring coming!

  98. We’re getting hints of spring here too… it’s a tease though… now that I’ve tasted the sun I can’t help but pack away all my long-sleeves in anticipate of my favorite: summer! Even though I know I will be freezing for the next few weeks until spring decides to actually stick around… short sleeves and flip flops, here I come!

  99. Spring meant that my Mama cut fresh roses and pinned them on our dresses before church on Sunday morning. It brought tank tops and sunkissed shoulders and strawberries. Oh how I loved the strawberries!

  100. Love love love this post. It’s almost spring in Texas!

    5 memories of spring: (1)hunting for golfballs instead of eggs in my great uncle’s backyard (we thought it was awesome), (2)My grandmother’s purple outfit for easter: purple dress, purple shoes, handbag, nail polish, lipsick. She looked like a big easter egg. (3)We always have the yummiest potatoe casserole. (4) dandi-lions that spring up the the cemetery right where my grandmother planeted them many many years before. (5)I miss buying a new dress every year like when I was young…I may have to do that this year!

  101. Love that pink bike!! Let’s see… spring
    -My mom lining the four of us up one by one to have our hair washed, dried, and nails trimmed the night before Easter.
    -Driving to San Diego with the windows down and my left foot hanging out (probably not very safe!)
    -Our California Poppies that spring up at the first glimpse of sunshine.
    -Windblown hair
    -Flip Flops!!

  102. I love hearing the lawn mowers humming in the distance, the smell of fresh cut grass, the feeling of the sun making my lily white skin sting a little and how it leaves behind a couple hundred more freckles, the sound of my kids playing in the woods with their friends and the stories of their adventures when they finally come in. Spring is coming, we see it and feel it here in Georgia too!

  103. after ooh-ing and aaah-ing over Nella’s kissable little pout up top, I scrolled down to see she inherited her mama’s lips. LUCKY GIRLS!!! Thanks for giving me the spring clean fever as I head into the weekend….now I’m anxious to get the kiddos, get home and start scrubbin!

  104. uno: the year my birthday fell on Easter (April 11)…that was pretty sweet!
    dos: the year I found out the Easter bunny wasn’t real. eek….not a happy day in my history, but a funny one….I knew Santa Clause and the tooth fairy weren’t real…but I kept holding on to the Easter bunny.
    tres: flying to Mexico to stand by a dear friend at her wedding.
    cuatro: how our big backyard at home would go from light brown to GREEEEN.
    cinco: gettin hitched to my hubs in the Spring.

  105. I’m feeling the sudsy bucket cleaning pull. I wish I could jump in the pool after a cleaning spree. LOVE spring. Everything COMES ALIVE!!!

  106. fellow S&D Stylist here! love your blog and Stella & Dot is amazing!!

  107. Goodness your girls are just so beautiful! And so are you! Let’s see…my five favorite things about spring:

    1. Spring dresses and skirts! So much more fun than jeans.
    2. My birthday is in the spring!
    3. Every year for Easter my mom made my brother and I Easter baskets then hid them and gave us clues to find them. I always love it!
    4. For some reason on perfect spring days I always remember playing in my front yard in the house I grew up in. I remember playing wedding and picking strawberries.
    5. School gets out in May! I love college! haha

    Have a super day!

  108. Oh Stella and Dot, I love you. I am wearing the Soiree Studs right now, in silver. My closet overflows with that stuff…it’s an addiction. Check out the Marrakesh Bib Neckalce…it’s my next big splurge 😉

  109. Ha! She’s totally rocking that 3 month vest!

  110. So jealous spring has reached you already! I can’t wait for flip flops with new pedicures, drinking on decks, driving with the windows down, sun setting later, and grilling again!!

  111. Ok, it’s a little weird for me to think about spring right now, since it’s crazy windy and cold here. I can’t wait though.
    My favorite spring memories would be in second grade when we learned about poetry. We switched from that chicken soup poem to April showers bring may flowers. We made bunny rabbits and put cotton balls on top. Growing up, we only went to church twice a year: Christmas and Easter. My mom would dress us up, put curlers in my hair, and take us to church, where she would threaten to take away our Easter candy if we weren’t quiet for the service. I love the drastic change that happens here when the earth makes it’s shift and spring blows in. Now, I love getting my kids back outside and feeling the sun again. BTW, I remember when I went through my music collection and trashed all of it after a youth group message. Good times.

  112. I am a long time reader, but this will be my first time commenting. I absolutely LOVE your blog! I didn’t think anybody else really knew about or used bar keepers friend. Greatest cleaner around :) Thank you for being such an inspiration and, thank you for sharing your life with us. By the way, you have two of the cutest princesses ever!

  113. I remember spending hours at the ball park watching my brother play… playing in the sprinkler and in the pool(even though it was a leeeetle too cold)… and being so excited to break out the sandals and flip-flops!

  114. Oh my gosh, I have LOVED Stella and Dot for quite some time now!!!

    Spring memories:
    1. Playing skip it (remember those?) in the cul-de-sac in front of my house wearing my purple Little Mermaid jellies.
    2. Planning a scavenger hunt for my boyfriend through my green and blooming college campus.
    3. Wearing flip flops for the first time of the year. It’s just awesome.
    4. Feeling the SUN for the first time and letting it sink in. I just really crave some sun sometimes.
    5. Purging my closet. Think of it as my version of spring cleaning. Making room for the new clothes and shoes that will clutter it back up again.

  115. Spring for me in college meant heading to the beach, aka “Lake Michigan.” We built campfires, stuck our toes in the 30 degree water, and climbed rocks we weren’t supposed to. Glorious.

  116. 1. Lemon cotton dresses. Could any color and fabric combination say ‘sping’ more than this?

    2. Making Easter cards with my Mother with chick with a 3D mouth inside! We made them year after year and now I make the same ones with my own kids!

    2. Going to my Grandparent’s place in the coutryside in Wales for a week every May. Low and behold, I am flying my own kids to the UK to do the same thing for the first time this May!

    4. The Apple Blossom tree in our yeard that would bloom white/pink flowers every Spring. The prettiest of flowers in the world!

    5. Floppy girly hats.

  117. My Mom always bought us white chocolate bunnies for our Easter baskets from Fanny Farmer. The memory always makes me smile.

  118. I grew up in New Zealand (now live in Australia) so Spring for me is September, October, November. My fav Spring memory is of my parents driving us an hour or two south of where we lived to a daffodil farm. We could pick as many armloads of gorgeous daffodils as possible and only had to pay a couple of dollars per bunch. Then we drove home with a car full of flowers!

    Love daffodils so much that I planned my wedding for Spring so I could have them for my wedding bouquet and to decorate the tables!

  119. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog! My 5 favorite spring things are:

    1. My birthday – April 13th
    2. The rebirth of life – birds, flowers, grass, etc.
    3. Hyacinth flowers (they smell so yummy)
    4. Rainy day walks with my boys
    5. Daylight savings time!

  120. you and your blogg are crack. i always have to read.

  121. 5 favourite spring memories:
    1. “Collecting water” (i.e. melted snow) from the eavestroughs as a kid…for no reason but fun.
    2. Whipping off the winter parka as soon as it gets above freezing point.
    3. Last year at my Nana’s place – early April but felt like summer.
    4. Decorating Easter eggs.
    5. Easter egg hunts as a kid and leaving some for my little brothers to find.

  122. 1. last spring, my baby girl being born on april 15.
    2. the amazing tulips in st. louis
    3. wearing my chacos for the first time after a really long winter
    4. easter egg hunt with my bestie in the 3rd grade
    5. seeing the first back of starburst jelly beans

  123. Funny thing is your post inspired me to pull out my Kiss cd’s that don’t listen to very often..first song was “Beth”. Oh man did it bring back memories.
    So today is a little colder, grayer and throw in the fog that has blanketed the farm and I would say it is downright gloomy! At our old house I had periwinkle planted and right about now you could see the deep green of the tiny leaves and the tiny flowers that look like blue stars..on days like this it would give you the hope of the coming spring..I miss it. I love your photos..they give me the same feeling..hope of the spring that is coming soon.
    Barkeeper’s Friend is amazing…I panic if I do not have in my cleaning supplies!
    Have a lovely warm weekend friend..we are snuggling in quilts, eating homemade chicken noodle soup and watching any BBC mini-series I can get my hands on! ♥

  124. 1. Participating in the Easter egg hunt at our church when I was growing up.
    2. Spring Cleaning – or as often as my mommy made us do it, Weekly Cleaning!
    3. Climbing the mango trees to collect fruit
    4. Wearing a lavender dress on Easter Sunday
    5. Grasshoppers – every spring our backyard would overflow with little black baby grasshoppers hopping through the blades of grass.

  125. Yeah! Spring sounds heavenly as I prepare for a rough drive into the beautiful rocky mountains for a little weekend skiing! LOVE the mirror! And of course the pics!
    Let’s see, my 5?
    1. My bday mid April
    2. Waiting for “my tulips” to spring by the front door
    3. Jelly beans
    4. Those big Reece PB egg shape candy
    5. Getting my bike ready

    YEAH! Let’s get goin’ Spring!

  126. Oh I love spring and am so ready for it. Last week it was so nice here and I thought the cold weather was over and it was time for shorts & tanks. Nope, this week was cold again.
    Ah jellyshoes and Ace of Base, way to take me back Kelle! I think I had every color of jellyshoes ever made! Spring brinks back memories of Easter dresses and family, new flip-flops, going motorcycle riding without having to layer on the cold-weather gear, cruising with the windows down!
    I am so ready!!

  127. Spring was always a favorite time for me while growing up. Our farm in Ohio meant work in late spring, summer, and fall…but early Spring, that was daffodils and baby calves.
    Beautiful blog, as aways!

  128. Love your earrings! I wish it was more springy here…rather than cold and windy….soon soon soon, I hope!

  129. I always loved the first warm days of spring when we would open the windows and breath in the fresh air.

    This spring will bring new memories to my family – our 2nd little boy is due right after Easter. :-)

  130. Thanks YOU so much for this SPRING post! I needed it. We have been rained on snowed on you name it, we have had it around here in OH. I am tired of it! Uggh. These pictures gave me inspiration to get out as soon as it gets warmer and to start cleaning and painting. :) Thank you! I’m loving the mirror!

  131. We live right outside Clearwater, so we are enjoying the sunshine and fresh air also. Lot of walks and trips to the park. I also decided that the floors needed to be scrubbed and the baby’s room needed a deep cleaning this past Wednesday. I had the adult alternative music station on my tv and heard the best song. Since I have stolen some music from your play list lately, I thought I’d share this one with you. The Avett Brothers “Head full of doubt, road full of promise”

  132. I’m dying for it to be spring so bad. Love everything about it except the allergies lol

  133. You have on my fave earrings. I LOVE STELLA & DOT and these earrings instantly make me feel “done”. I love that you have them too because they look so good on dark haired chicks! Thanks for another fun blog post! –Jordan

  134. Thank-you for sharing your spring with us! Today it was -36 celcius and with the windchill it was -50, and tomorrow snow and more cold!

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  136. Spring is, by far, my favorite season!When the day comes where the sun warms the air just enough to wear flip flops, I am reminded of high school. Putting the window’s down in my room, cranking up Dave Matthews Band and applying sunless tanner (so that I wouldn’t be too stark white when I put on my shorts for the first time)…even though it stinks to high heaven! Loved this post! Bring on the Spring weather!!

  137. Ah, the pink bike etc. pic made me happy. I like being high on life.

    Spring? Spring was always that smell…you walk out the front door and inhale and you smile and love life just a little bit more. For me personally, spring also meant soccer and track and field and yellow peeps and reeses eggs after a long Lenten absence from sweets. Sigh. It seems so far away up here in dreary Rhode Island…

  138. Love, Love, Love your blog! I remember one year my mom made a large Easter Bunny Cake….with coconut for fur, licorice for whiskers, jelly beans for a nose and eyes. Every year I have grand plans to make one for my kids, but still haven’t…maybe this year!

  139. Well, I don’t have the memory you have so I will go with my memories of spring with my little boy last year:

    1: sidewalk chalk
    2: evening walks
    3: first playground trip of the season
    4: easter egg hunt
    5: walking barefoot

    BTW, I’m up in MI and am so jealous of your spring!!

  140. We got about a foot of fresh snow here in Northeast Ohio. Thanks so much for you rmuch needed glimpse of spring. :)

  141. favorite spring moment: seeing all of the new blooms come up. the daffodils, crocuses, grape hyacinths, etc. it makes my heart happy!

  142. I’m not all together convinced that spring will ever come to the forests of Pennsylvania! My favorite spring memory…hmmm that’s tough. Oh I know! My parents used to own a theater that was an old converted dairy barn. The field behind it was rolling and gorgeous. Every spring, random daffodils would pop up here and there. It was the never the same two years in a row. Daffodils are quintessential spring!

  143. I love reading your blog posts! You always make me think about how I see life… Thanks for that. : )
    While reading this post I immediately smelled the sweet aroma of freshly cut grass and lemonade. I cannot wait for spring..

    5 spring memories:
    The beginning of flashlight tag season
    Getting to dress up and follow the Easter Bunny’s scavenger hunt.
    The first of lemonade stands.
    Running barefoot through freshly cut grass.
    Long bike rides that could last until dark.

  144. Fav memory: going to the park with my 2 big sisters and baby sister. We would lay on the grass and stare at clouds. There were MANY fights in a household of girls but in the dry heat of Spring I treasure our time together. My older sis has since “dropped out” of our family and I still FB stalk her and pray that someday I will get to hug and kiss her and she will someday decide she want’s to meet her nephew that already adores knows her (via our childhood pictures).

  145. I’m love love loving your colors! I want me a blue tablecloth now! :)

  146. I dream of spring as the cold wind and rain take over NYC today…

    Here are five of the many things I love about spring…
    1. Peeps. Which I only think should be on store shelves around Easter, and not any other holiday.
    2. Packing away my winter sweaters and unpacking dresses, some of which I have completely forgotten about over the long winter months.
    3. The first real, sunny spring day, when New Yorkers from every borough head to Central Park to enjoy the weather and good company.
    4. Spring break, which I spend in sunny Florida.
    5. May baskets, which I used to make and leave on friends’ front steps after ringing their doorbells and running away, hiding behind the nearest bush or tree.

  147. I heart you. I really, really do. Your posts make Fridays even better.

    Spring? For some reason, the only memory coming to mind is of those plastic, see-through purses popular in the early to mid-eighties. ‘Member those? They’d go nicely with jelly shoes. :)

  148. I like the Letterman top 5 feel to this post:

    5. New Easter dress that matched my sisters,complete with gloves, fancy shoes and a hat

    4. The smell of opened windows and feeling the cool air spill into the house

    3. The first sign of the tulips popping up through the hard ground.

    2. My dad pumping air back into our bike tires

    and my #1 favourite memory of spring: a new skipping rope hitting the pavement and double dutching till we couldn’t feel our legs

    Love your pictures especially since we have had over a foot of snow dumped on us this week..

  149. I cannot see enough pictures of sweet Nella!! What an angel!

    Lainey looks to be in heaven with the pretty jewelry! :)

  150. Last Spring…my favorite memory. The ending of college so that I could start my dream: Teaching! WONDERFUL! :)

  151. The smell of freshly cut grass in Western KY! And don’t let me forget…sidewalk chalk and 11 boys playing the “world series” in my backyard! Come on Spring!

  152. I am so jealous of your weather! We (Utah) keep getting day long teases of spring with 40 degree days and sunshine…then the snow throws us a curve ball and comes back. Anyways, my 5 memories are: 1. When I was 12 my mom bought me a baby calico kitten I named Tikka, That whole spring and summer I would take her outside and play with her. 2. Easter eggs! Every year I paint easter eggs. We don’t even have kids in the house but I still do it…I am obsessed with it. 3. In 2008 I got to show my Pitbull her first spring and she was so excited. She was only a few months old, but when she went outside she looked at me really excited and surprised. I think she thought the snow was never going to leave. Still to this day she get s excited for warm weather. 4. Pastel colors. I love once spring comes around everyone brings their pastel clothes and shoes out. Every year I always rock some super cute colorful shoes to celebrate warm weather. 5. My all time favorite is the big adoption weekend we have in May. Every animal shelter and animal rescue in Utah for a really big adoption weekend. Last year we reached over 600 animals that got adopted!!!

    Oh wait I just remebered one more memory that I am so uber excited for. Utah’s Gay Pride Festival! It envolves thousands of people, concerts, food, parties, and a parade! Utah has the third biggest pride celebration in the country and it is seriously the funnest thing!

  153. Old Navy has some AWESOME jelly shoes for girls. I was just there today, but I have two boys who would not look so hot in pink mary jane jellies.

  154. Ahh Spring my favorite season. I ahve so many spring memories, but most of them are pretty recent.
    1) Going to the park every weekend with the husband and watching the crazy fur balls run wild.
    2)planting my veggie garden that I know will die no matter how well I take care of it yet I plant one every year.
    3) Planning the Easter party for my babies at school and making sure we of course don’t run out of PASS (I buy a new batch every year after Easter for the following year)
    4)Waiting for my momma bird come back every year and making her nest in the same place. I have rescued many a baby bird from this same nest. She chooses the dinkiest branch in our tree and any storm that rolls through knocks 1 out. Thanks goodness we have a local bird rescue (I am a regular)
    5)My tulips! Every Christmas when we go buy our Christmas trees the tulip bulbs are always on sale so my mom, sister, and I always buy a few bags and plant our tulips. I love that first green sprout that pops up each year.

  155. It was -45 celcius (-45F) this morning with the windchill. So not close to spring :(

  156. Kentucky needs spring in a bad way! They say it will be 50 degrees and sunny tomorrow and I think that will be a teaser of good things to come. Thanks for sharing your spring with us, but more importantly thanks for sharing your lovely family every time you post!

    Marla

  157. Hmmm spring? I think its a tie. My favorite would have to be myself and 10 friends swimming in our pool. It was April 11th…the water was 11 degrees (52 to you?) and I think the air temp was about the same. It was tradition to swim as early as we could. 😉

    another favorite, isn’t a specific memory but when you KNOW spring is here when you can drive around with the windows DOWN and not want to cry.
    ps I live in Nova Scotia so it is a bit different then Florida haha

  158. 5 favorite spring things…fresh hyacinth flowers in a clear square vase…yellow easter dresses..wet dew on grass blades..easter egg hunts..yellow and cornflower blue argyle vests on sweet baby boys

  159. Ah, jellyshoes! When I was a kid, I alternated between running slap-footed in my jellyshoes and going barefoot because they dug into my heels and I couldn’t keep up.

    One spring, my grandma drove me all over Rockford looking for a pair for me. That I then didn’t wear because they hurt my feet.

    The joys of childhood.

  160. Thank you for the bit o’ spring! We received 10″ of snow here today (insert green colored puke face here). As always, your girls are just adorable!

  161. 1) the daffodils that bloom in our back yard that my mom photographed my brother and me in every Easter
    2) Running Track in high school
    3) baseball games of my brothers
    4) Easter dresses
    5) DAFFODILS..I know I said them already but I love them and they remind me of my home and my grandmother’s front yard

  162. I love spring! My favorite springtime memory is my birthday (May 14th). I grew up in NY and always hoped it would be warm enough to wear shorts!

  163. I love spring! My favorite springtime memory is my birthday (May 14th). I grew up in NY and always hoped it would be warm enough to wear shorts!

  164. This is an easy one for me. My most wonderful of wonderful spring memories was just (almost!) three years ago when our son was born on Easter morning. Another Easter miracle, baby, it doesn’t get much better than that! He’s our third child and I was up way too late the night before busting out some bunny t-shirts for my girls to wear b/c I procrastinated a wee bit too long.

    What a blessing. What a gift. <3

  165. So I just learned that you went to college only 5 minutes down the road from me! I grew up in Parma, MI and after a brief move out of state here I am again. I long for the warmth of spring and the days when my tulips and daffodils will start peeking out from the wet earth and my magnolia tree will be beautiful with color in full bloom. As much as I hate winter, snow, cold, ice for months there is nothing like the rebirth of everything green and pretty when it starts to thaw.

  166. favorite memories of spring:
    sidewalk chalk, Reeses peanut butter eggs for easter(!!!), straw hats with bows, leaving the windows open all day, and pink painted toenails in colorful flip flops. :)

  167. Raisins in my Easter basket (my mom was on a health kick)…
    Matching dresses with my sisters(my favorite year we all wore mint green)…
    Blue tarp camping in WA with two kids and three dogs(oh so wonderfully muddy)…
    Picking out flowers with my mom at the local plant farm (knowing I’ve only got a light green thumb)…
    And that magic moment every spring when I put away my winter tights(it can’t get here soon enough)!

  168. 1. Having to get all dressed up in my Easter hat, dress, itchy stockings and black patent leather shoes with purse to match every year and stand in the yard for pictures, and every year I had the same “I wanna get OUT of this outfit look on my face”.

    2. Picking mushrooms in the woods with my grandparents and parents, where my grandfather showed me all of his secret places to find the biggest mushrooms.

    3. Picking the first bluebells and daffodils that grew wild in the woods behind my parents house and then nearly going insane from itching for the 2 weeks after because of all the POISON IVY that I also picked.

    4. Lowering the green swing on my grandma’s porch, bringing out the green and white lattice porch chairs, and giving the porch a good hosing off.

    5. Seeing the first Robins land in the yard and watching for the first crocuses to pop up.

  169. 1. Trips to Disney with my parents and Grandparents. Sitting as an only child with 4 adults adoring you is pretty special. Plus, who can resist the mouse?
    2. Softball gearing up. My dad and I spent hours tossing the ball. From the time I was young and couldn’t hold the mitt, to when I could throw pretty well.
    3. Riding outdoors again. The dew on the grass,instead of frost. Riding bareback, barefoot through the tall grasses that have perked up and allowing the horse to just enjoy and snack.
    4. Lemonade on the porch. Need I say more? And Mike’s Hard Lemonade can be substituted.
    5. Sitting on my porch, cool breezes, baby in arms. Watching neighbors come by. Learning about their winter and hoping for more glory through the spring.

  170. My favorite spring memories are old and new. I remember the spring storms in Bama and just loving the wind. I love the smell of Spring here in Utah. I love the first warm Spring rain. I also love the Blue Hydrangeas and little girls in mud puddles.

    Thank you for sharing your Spring!

  171. Not gonna lie, I don’t have the brain power to come up with my fave five spring memories. BUT, I do want to say that I LOVE that you LOVE the turquoise/red combo. One of my fave color combinations!

  172. 5 spring memories…

    Easter egg hunts
    Planting flowers
    Taking walks
    Hiking
    Running before the sun rises

  173. put winter clothes away & take out spring
    wash windows
    take out watering cans & put away ice melt
    defrost freezer
    buy patent leather shoes

    xoxo
    cathy

  174. AHH… Thank you for the much needed spring. I can’t believe your girls are swimming in FEBRUARY! Florida is definitely a special place.

  175. I also had a teal Ford Escort wagon and Ace of Base CD! Loving the similarities :) Here are my favorite things about spring:
    1) Wanting to spend every possible minute outside.
    2) Taking my daughter to the park to feed the ducks and go on nature hike’s or a treasure hunt as she calls it.
    3) Easter Dresses, spring clothes, and everything pastel.
    4) Packing a picnic just beacuse it’s finally warm enough.
    5)The spring flowers that start to Bloom :)

  176. Here in North Pole, AK it’ll be a few months before I see spring. Thank you so much for sharing your spring with me!

    Five Favorite Spring Memories

    1. The smell of fresh, new life

    2. My mom sewing my sister’s and I matching “Easter” dresses

    3. The realization that the school year would be coming to an end and summer break would begin.

    4. Riding bikes through mud puddles and coming home a mess.

    5. Going for drives with my family on old logging roads.

  177. I also wanted to mention we just got hit with 10 inches of snow overnight so we may have to wait a while before we can enjoy our spring. For now I will live vicariously through your posts!

  178. That post was JUST what I needed. Snuggled under my cozy blanket, trying to endure more snow predicted in the good old mitten state, I’m trying to remember what warm feels like…

    When we were kids, it was always a race to see who could spot the first robin. After the first sighting, we would go home and make rice-krispy treats shaped like a nest and put jelly beans inside. We still to this day call each other when we see the first robin of spring.

  179. Kelle,

    Your whole tablesetting is just adorable! That makes me want to do some “debeigeifying” of my own :)
    Also those cupcakes look delicious, and so cute!

  180. Kelle- I used to go to a church summer camp at Spring Arbor College :) And considering our age difference< I would put money down that it was the same time you were at school there. This is one crazy small world. I may be calling you soon for Easter pics of the kiddoe. Fiona just got her casts on, and I need to capture them in a beautiful way- your good at that :)

  181. Ah, Spring.

    My new, shiny, white Easter shoes with fancy, froo-froo dress and matching hat.
    SPONGE ROLLERS! A Saturday nighttime ritual on the night before Easter.
    Seersucker.
    Marshmallow Peeps candy.
    Dogwood tree blooms.

  182. Spring in Kentucky…you never know what the weather will be like! My 5 favorite memories:
    -Derby Festival-The months leading up to the Kentucky Derby are amazing. Road races, balloon races, chow wagons, concerts, fashion shows…the list goes on.
    -Derby Day. Everyone is dressed in the newest fashions, wide brimmed hats, and sipping on Mint Juliep’s.
    -My Mom buying my sister and I matching dresses and assessories for Easter Sunday. She made us wear those dresses ALL day long for pictures!
    -FLORIDA! We always, and still do, go to Florida the first full week of April!
    -Spring Cleaning…my Memaw always told my sis and I she’d “give us a nickel” to help her spring clean. We always got more than a nickel and a trip to Krisy Kreme too!

  183. I didn’t expect an Update from you so quick after your last one so I was very happy to log on and find this and with the theme SPRING you have made me feel all happy and cozy inside. It’s snowing here.. lots. But I just had the first inkling that Spring IS coming by reading this so Thank You!

    Honestly I didn’t have memories of Spring traditions as most have had. It just wasn’t a part of my life so no easter dresses or egg hunts for me. However I still have 5 things I LOVE about Spring

    Pussy Willows buds!

    Going barefoot and feeling that warm dirt between my toes

    Birds singing in the trees!

    That first trip outdoors without a winter coat is so liberating (more so if you have stuck with winter weight loss!)

    And 1 Memory.. when I was young I got so excited that Spring was coming that I went outside with a shovel and began shoveling the snow off my yard. Hah. It took forever and people wondered what I was doing but I felt I was actively bringing in Spring =)

  184. Lovely post, as always. The girls are just too cute!

    1.Peeps!!!!!! YUUUUUMMMMMY!!!
    2.My babies were both born in the spring!
    3.Winning 5 Easter baskets at a local egg hunt one year. I gave all but 1 away.
    4.I always knew it was spring with my Mom’s lilac bush would bloom.
    5.Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot

  185. finding the baby bunnies that hopped around my house!

  186. Love love the tablecloth! I miss Florida so much right now I can’t get used to the snow and cold of new jersey.

    Freshly cut grass, shorts, sidewalk chalk, lemonade and spring cleaning.

  187. Easter is forever associated with an Easter from when I was 4: pink frilly dress, black patent leather shoes, white gloves & ruffled socks, that all culminated with me barreling down the driveway on my Big Bid Big Wheel and spilling off as I turned the corner onto the sidewalk. It was a beautifully pink nightmare!

  188. every year our elementary school had a chocolate easter bunny fund raiser. we had to sell a ton of those bunnies to our neighbors and family/friends. it was a sure fire guarantee spring was there when it was time to sell the bunnies!

  189. Inspiring as always!! My 5 favouite spring memories have to be seeing my girls experiencing their first easter egg hunt, the look of aw and excitement when they find out what’s in the egg, the smell of a fresh spring rain, the longer days where we can all go for a bike ride, spring flowers blooming and everything turning green and colourful. Sunny skies and balmy days!

  190. Boston is super far away from spring, so thanks for your springtime post! I’d have to say my top 5 favorite spring memories are (1) the way my Colorado neighborhood would smell like budding cherry blossoms (2) the tulips that would pop up around April and stay through May–my Grandma always told me they were God’s birthday gift to me (3) my Easter dress…I had to be able to twirl in it to qualify (4) the promise of summer camp around the corner (4) my 6th birthday party during which we found a ladybug colony at the base of a tree–there were THOUSANDS of them!

  191. Thank you so much for sharing your spring with us, Kelle! The hubs and I are headed to Florida in about 2 weeks for a mini-vaca (just the 2 of us) and I can’t wait!

    Five favorite spring memories:
    1. Definitely Cadbury cream eggs.
    2. The smell of hyacinths
    3. My mom’s crocuses starting to poke out of the ground
    4. Mine and my brither’s birthdays – 5/20 – we share a birthday 16 years apart.
    5. Being able to finally go back outside for recess in elementary school.

    Sara :)

  192. Ah!! So jealous of your early spring! I for sure thought we were done with snow. It was 70 here last weekend. And then it snowed yesterday. Arg!
    Here are my 5 spring memories:
    1.) Picking out fancy Easter shoes – even that little heel was a big deal!
    2.) Seeing the buds start to open on the trees/bushes. Waiting for the blades of green grass to take over.
    3.) Sun, Sun, Sun!! (And the lack of snow!!)
    4.) The smell of spring air. It’s that clean smell. Makes me want to open the windows, watch the curtains blow around. Makes the entire house smell delicious!
    5.) Cleaning – putting away the winter heavy sweaters and coats. Rediscovering short sleeve shirts and open toed shoes!

    You’ve got me all excited!!! Thank you for sharing your spring!
    PS – I LOVE Lainey wearing Nella’s little vest:0)

  193. I love those badass green earrings. And you look beautiful in that picture!

    I didn’t comment on the cops post but I have a lack of fondness for cops. Or I did until yesterday. Yesterday I was driving down the road, late for a meeting, doing my makeup, with country music blaring in my car. All of a sudden in the corner of my eye I caught blue flashing lights. Damnit. I pulled over and was reaching for my insurance and registration when I glanced at my window and the cop was already there. I rolled down my window and he said, “Will you please do me a favor?” And I said, “Of course”. He said, “Well, actually, it’s two favors. Please slow down. You were going 13 miles over the speed limit. And number two. For God’s sake, please stop doing your makeup while you’re driving!” I was nodding my head, mouth open, when he walked away. Woot! Not sure why, but I didn’t get a ticket and that’s all I care about. : )

  194. Thank you for sharing spring with us…I would love to share our MI snow with you :)

    Miss N is turning into quite the fish!!

    I love Miss L’s look…little Rachael Zoe, perhaps!?!? :)

    Enjoy the weekend with your loves!

  195. Nella’s photos are so beautiful – she will HAVE to have the most gorgeous personality…it is already unveiling itself in her amazing eyes and precious smile!

    1. That feeling of warmth in the cold air that screams flip flops are around the corner.
    2. The smell that can’t possibly lend itself to flowers but seems to smell like flowers are being beckoned…
    3. The itch to put on running shoes and hit that almost kind of warmish air with sweat on the skin
    4. early blooms on trees that must be confused because spring isn’t here just yet but only just around the corner
    5. the kids’ sense that it is suddenly time to play outside – especially barefoot or in shorts – even though the weather is not just yet ready but almost!

  196. :) this is fun!
    1. flying kites with my uncle after our easter dinner
    2. breaking out my ride-on glo-worm when i was 7 and riding back and forth on our driveway for hours
    3. the first outdoor track and field practice of the season
    4. st.patrick’s day in montreal freshman year of university – snow almost completely melted, gorgeous sun, sipping good beer on the sidewalk. bliss.
    5. every year, wearing my bright yellow sundress with my red hunter boots the first day doing so won’t make me freeze :)

  197. 1st spring day, riding bikes, getting a wet splashy line up my back, my dad doing some kind of yard work, my mom cleaning inside with all the windows open, Anne Murray records playing. And every spring, on just that kind of day I caught a glimpse of this unusual trio riding down the street: 3 men (teenagers?) on a bike, one standing and pedalling, one on the seat, and one on his shoulders. It seems so unreal now, but I swear I saw them every year.

  198. Loving your post as always. I do look forward to checking in at least once a day :) I needed to read about happy thoughts and sunny days.

    We’ve had major rains here yesterday and in the next county over near the Amish community, four precious babies, age 5 months to 11 years were swept from their horse and buggy into the flood waters and lost their lives last night. Their Mama and older siblings made it to safety. But I cannot even begin to imagine their pain and suffering that has only just begun.

    As I cannot seem to get those babies out of my mind, your precious Nella and Lainey brought smiles and reminded me that spring is about new life and new beginnings. I am clinging to those promises and praying that the sweet Amish family can face tomorrow with hope one of these days.

  199. LOVE Lainey’s style! She has great sense just like her momma. And love that you let her be herself with her fashion!
    5 spring memories:
    1. Flowers blooming everywhere.
    2. Playing outside in the sun!
    3. Buying Easter outfits
    4. Spending Easter with my cousins in VA and having egg hunts and tractor rides!
    5. The feeling of “new” and “fresh” and wanting to clean, open the windows, wash the car and start over in the nice weather!

  200. 1) Getting to wear my fancy Easter dresses when I was little.

    2) The return of that magnificent spring breeze… ahhh…

    3) The grass in the backyard starting to get really tall, so we would lay out on a blanket while it swayed around us.

    4) Taking the dogs on walks by all the big trees while little blossoms fell down.

    5) Making sugar cookies and frosting them with pastel icing.

  201. A little hello from Norway to tell you about my “spring”….. my back yard now holds 95 cm of snow as opposed to 98 cm last week, so yeah, it’s spring allright!!
    Kids love it though!
    What I love most about spring when it finally shows up, are the smells of the earth coming to life again after being solid frozen for several months…and going outside without my long johns…..and finally wearing sneakers again withouth freezing my feet off….oh joy!
    As always, your post is delightful reading, a glimpse of warm sunshine on cold norwegian february days:)
    I love your beautiful pictures, I love your writing, and oh, oh….I LOVE ACE OF BASE!!!

  202. 1. sunrise service on easter morning where you watched the sunrise as the trumpets blared, people sang loudly, and you praised Jesus (in sweats)
    2. peeps
    3. heading down the shore after a long winter and seeing the ocean once again
    4. easter gloves and bonnets
    5. the daffodils that popped up randomly in my parents’ yard

  203. Gorgeous photos as always :) Love reading even just to see the new pictures you’ve taken!

    5 Spring Memories:

    1. Making Easter hats every year on Easter!
    2. Driving down to Moab for the annual Easter Jeep Safari
    3. Easter egg hunts every year from my parents even now at age 24!
    4. Easter dresses every year growing up
    5. Watching the Ten Commandments every Easter

  204. My 5 spring memories:
    1. peeps and reese’s eggs!
    2. lots of sunshine
    3. yellow dresses and white sandals
    4. easter egg hunt last year with the little ones I used to baby sit
    5. beginning dating my boy.

  205. love……………………swoon over your spring weather I cant wait for ours.

    my favorite memories of spring

    Gathering up all my friends and we did “parades” around the neighborhood with our old dance costumes

    dance recitals

    trying to find the egg with the money in it and the chocolate bunnies we got for egg hunting.

    sitting on the sidewalk counting our eggs.

    the smell

    love and blessings the doughtys

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  207. Greetings from the shores of west Michigan!
    Spring Fav’s….in random order
    1) Stores in Saugatuck open
    2) Collecting seeds for the veggie garden
    3) Oberon Beer! From Bells in Kzoo..try it, you’ll LOVE IT!!! ♥
    4) Picnics at the beach
    5) Trips (just around the “pond”) to Chicago on the train. Watch out Michigan Ave!!!

  208. Last year, spring was beautiful. It was unusually warm on Easter Weekend (for Canada, at least!) and we wore shorts, rode bikes, and spent time outside. We flew kites and drove out to visit family. We hunted for eggs. We went on impromptu trips to the park. I was fabulous.

    -Kylie

    P.S. Love the pink shoes!

  209. 5 things I love about Spring…
    1. Bare feet!
    2. Flowers… blooming, on a skirt or pretty dress, brightening my apt. etc.
    3. fresh smell in the air after the rain
    4.Driving with the windows down :)
    5. As a teacher, being able to have outside recess again!

  210. Your spring looks like our summer to me :) You are one lucky girl!
    Spring to me means Easter, and the first breakfast eaten outside of the year. Spring means green leafy onions, radishes, cucumber and soft cheese. Spring means my grandma’s cherry tree all bloomed up. Spring means green grass and oh just 2 maybe 3 layers of clothes instead of 5. I miss spring, can you tell? :)

  211. ahhh, this post is just what we needed today. it is
    -35 degrees celsius with the windchill here in Canada

    1) Birthday Celebrations. I was born on the spring equinox :-)

    2) Cadbury Creme Eggs. Love.

    3) Bright Rain Boots and Umbrellas

    4) Crisp White Sheets On The Clothes Line.

  212. Spring = Easter in spring dresses, white mary janes, bonnets and gloves. Or in New England, Easter in golashes and winter coats. Spring is a crapshoot up here, but after winter, we’ll take it! :)

  213. I went to U of M, and my favorite spring memories include dressing in short sleeves and flip-flops, walking to the diag to play frisbee and hang out in the afternoon sun. *Everyone* was outside after being cooped up in apartments and dorm rooms for 5 months. And every time, as soon as the sun went down it would be freezing, and we’d run like hell back home, our teeth chattering the whole way.

  214. Love spring and can’t wait for it to arrive in Cincinnati. Spring memories include…flipflops once it hits 50, windows down as soon as it’s sunny and the sun heats up the car, flowers blooming and the scent stopping me in my tracks, listening to birds tweeting walking out to my car in the mornings and all of the smells outside that make me smile-cut grass, flowers, and fresh air

  215. love this post! and your glammed up mirror is the coolest! my five fave are:
    1. the bright colors at the tulip festival.
    2. cherry blossoms
    3. jean skirts
    4. fresh asparagus from the farmers market
    5. spring break baby! i graduated college 9 years ago but take a spring break every year anyway!

  216. Oooh girl, this is easy!

    1. that patch of daffodils in the backyard that grew larger every year, and
    2. how my baby sister once trampled through them all, which upset my mom, but to me was jut like a movie
    3. starting seeds that would grow into stunted vegetables in our soil, –like short, snaggletoothed corn that my brother ate so proudly.
    4. how every spring a birdie would get stuck in our porch via the hole in the screen, much to our bemusement
    5. ‘saving’ the baby animals that my cat would invariably find and try to eat, until we caught up with her

    :)

  217. I think my favorite Spring memory would have to be the birth of my daughter. While the birth itself wasn’t all that pleasant, her arrival has brought me so much joy.

  218. I love, love, love spring! It is, by far my favorite time of year. I just love everything about it… the warm breezes, fragrant breezes, longer daylight, and the promise of good things to come:)

  219. 1)Putting my daughter in a bonnet (a bonnet!) on her first Easter.
    2)Seeing the cherry blossoms in DC for the first time
    3)Looking for the easter basket my parents would hide every year
    4)Mini-cadbury eggs in the stores
    5)Now that I live in a place with four seasons, the high I get when the beautiful weather really arrives for good.

    I love that first picture of Nella with her bunny. She just looks like she *knows*. Love your blog, Kelle! :)

  220. 1. flowers on the table
    2. Weeping cherry trees
    3. Pop-beads in my Easter Basket
    4. New stark white KEDS
    5. Celebrating my Momma on Mother’s Day

  221. My favorite things about Spring:
    My mother’s garden!
    Watching Stella play in her playhouse!
    Laying a baby down in the grass and watching their expression as the grass tickles their neck!
    Going to the Park! (oh how I can’t wait for this)
    It’s almost summer!

  222. Your words are like a sweet song. I can almost feel spring radiate from them!
    I long for spring like a lost friend as six new inches of snow fall in my yard today.
    As a child the sure sign of spring was the lilacs in our backyard. The vivid purple and white little gems that filled our house with the most wonderful scent.
    We always cut some and wrapped them in foil to give to our school teachers.
    Spring also meant white sandels worn with white ruffled socks.
    Walking to the country store to get ice-cream with my mom and sister.
    Swinging with my dolls on our metal swing set.
    Finally my last memory of spring would be playing hide-and-seek with the neighborhood kids for hours. Only going home when we could hear our names being called for dinner.
    Thanks for bringing back the memories. It might just get me through this winter!

  223. 1) I won a school wide poetry contest for my poem “Spring” when I was in third grade.

    …because spring is a wonderful thing!

    2)I remember the tulips that came up every year at my house in Colorado that had been planted long ago by the wife of a coal miner.

    We lived on a dirt road and spring in that area meant “mud season.” I remember thinking that tulips always made a stunning contrast to all that mud!

    3)I remember my grandmother’s lavender linen skirt that she wore every Easter.

    4)I remember the two months I spent in the hospital after my water broke with my first child.

    5)I remember that it snowed that Easter and how detached I felt from it all because I hadn’t left my room in a month.

  224. Let’s see…

    1. Making peanut butter birdseed pine cones and hanging them everywhere. I also liked to string fruit loops onto red ribbons and throw the strands into trees. Later, we would squint at bird nests to see if our ribbon was in the weave.

    2. Hallelujah bare feet. Grocery store feet. Kick those shoes off!

    3. Running around in the mountains of Asheville with my dog dodging cow pies and laughing with a great friend.

    4. Helping mom pick out what to plant in my corner of the garden. I always had tiny rows of carrots and radishes. Strawberries were my favorite.

    5. Opening all the windows and doors, turning the heat off for the year, and breathing deeply.

  225. I love changing the wreath on my front door. It makes me feel that spring is officially here!

  226. Favorite spring things-

    Open windows and doors that make the house smell fresh, no matter.

    Shy flowers that pop up everywhere.

    Thunderstorms that rock the house.

    A valid reason for regular pedicures.

    Sidewalk chalk.

    AND now, Lainey’s little lady getup.

  227. Can I just say, pink clogs rule! As for me, spring is my favorite time of year and there are so many great memories… lets see now…
    1. I had my first baby in March of 1995. ‘Nuff said!
    2. When I was 13 I got my first pony in March. Having been a horse nut and begging for a pony of my own for the first 13 years of my life, that was BIG! I’m in my 40’s now and still a horse nut :o)
    3. Spring Break in Florida with my family over the week I turned 16. I met tons of other high school and college students on the beach and one night they threw me a birthday party complete with a bonfire on the beach.
    4. Bought my first house in Spring of 1992.
    5. Last is just the generalized feeling of awesomeness I get when I see all the trees and flowers blooming. It just makes me feel so reinvigorated.

  228. 1. Babbling brook races on Easter Sunday. We would all make our most creative boats and whichever one made it to the finish afloat was the winner-for some reason it was always my Grandma.

    2. First soccer game of the Spring-which usually started with a frozen ground and many injuries.

    3. The Easter play where they forced me to be Angel Gabriel. I was 8. I’ll never get up on stage ever again.

    4. Spring cleaning-freshly washed windows and sheets.

    5. Falling asleep with the windows open because it was warm, only to wake up at 2am freezing cold. You have to LOVE New England.

  229. Ha Ha I remember getting an Ace to Base Cd from BMG:)

    Spring
    Making Jello Eggs
    Shopping for that perfect Easter Dress with my Mom
    Sweet tarts that are shapped like bunnies and ducks

    Now..
    Planning to the detail the kids Easter outfits and Baskets.

  230. Favorite Spring Memories:
    1. Dyeing Easter eggs for the first time with my one year olds.
    2. New dress and Easter hat.
    3. Walking down to the local shopping center with my best friend after a snowy winter.
    4. Visiting the high school on move up day when I was in 8th grade.
    5. Silly Putty in my Easter basket.

  231. I can’t wait to open the windows and let the smell of spring into the house! That’s my favorite part of spring.

  232. We’re feeling the Spring in middle Georgia, too! Uber excited about that!!! My five favorite spring memories:

    1. My white easter bonnet when I was 8 years old. The one that looked like something from Gone With The Wind…yeah…that one!

    2. The stuffed black lamb in my Easter basket at five. That should have been a clue for me, but he sure was a cute little thing even if he was black!

    3. The smell of soil and sunshine. I love it just as much today as I did as a kid. It always reminds me of the last day of school; and since I hated school that is always provoking of fond memories.

    4. Dressing my oldest son in a yellow knit shirt to hunt eggs at his grandparents’ house just because it matched the yellow duck he got that morning in his basket just right.

    5. Sun dresses…nuff said :-)

    Happy Springtime…renewal is in the air!!!

  233. 5) When I was little always getting an Easter dress with my sisters.

    4) Having the opportunity to drink coffee outdoors in the morning.

    3) Time outside with friends.

    2) Enjoying my windows down in the car while I JAM to “Pour some sugar on me…IN. THE. NAME. OF. LOVE!!!!

    and the number 1…

    Knowing that summer is right around the corner and there is a new beginning. I LOVE IT!!!

  234. I have mixed feeling about this post. I am so hungry for spring it hurts, ANd as I type I can hear the neighbors snow blower working hard on the 24 + inches we have gotten this week…

    Spring memories

    1. Going dress shopping with my dad for Easter Sunday.

    2. Easter morning egg hunts with my siblings

    3.The beautiful cherry blossum trees outside my dorm in college

    4. The start of softball season!!!

    5. More recently watching my little participate in the community easter egg hunts

  235. In high school, driving home with all the windows down and the heat cranked as high as it goes (this was maine spring, after all), rocking out to the strokes. Hoooo doggie!
    Love your posts. Thanks for existing.

  236. I’m from your neck of the woods, and everything you said about dirty snow melting off the deck and getting the grill out (even though it’s only 45 degrees) rings true! Your pictures make me feel like there is still hope! :)

  237. oh my goodness, your references to the music is making me LOL!!! Reminds me of the super legalistic church I grew up in. You know, back beats are in hell too, right? :-)

    Nella’s smile is becoming so mature looking – like she knows she’s totally hamming it up for the camera. I love her.
    And Lainey in the small 3 month vest – she pulled it off!

  238. Spring? What is Spring? Is it really coming? I am in SD and your pictures are an ispiration…Spring might just be on it’s way here. Could you send some warm air this way? THANKS!!

  239. I have lived in the tropics my whole life, so spring is a little bit of a non-event.

    One Easter memory I do have though, it the annual primary school Easter bonnet parade. My mum wasn’t much into kids’ school projects, so each year my brother and I would decorate an empty ice-cream bucket with pictures of flowers… Oh the shame!

  240. THAT’S IT!!!!! Every day my big kids and i argue/debate/quarrel about whether any of the new Nella photos could possibly merit “best ever” …. Well, today we all agree. Nella at the pool with her my little pony made us ALL smile happy and warm. You captured cute, sunny, interesting, beautiful, bright all with one snap. Happy spring!

  241. 1. new easter dresses…no matter what. 2. new life…living on a farm- lots of calves. 3. the smell. green grass. flowers. just plain bloomin’. 4. blue sunny skies and 70 degree weather. yum.
    5. chocolate covered easter eggs.
    double yum. 😉 cheers. melissa.

  242. Considering its been cold here in NY for what seems like forever, I cannot wait for spring! Growing up in CA I loved that spring meant we could soon go swimming in the pool! I remember the first time we would go in and it was freezing and we’d be shivering within 5 minutes!

  243. Five Easter memories:
    1. Jell-O Eggs! Yum!

    2. My “mean” uncle Jerry hiding Easter eggs in the cactus and rose garden one year when I was 5 and blaming the Easter Bunny.

    3. My brothers in matching outfits and me in a ruffly pink Easter dress with itchy tights and my first pair of “click clack” shoes.

    4. Bubbles in my Easter Basket!

    5. Brunch after church on Easter sunday and my grandma teaching me to put olives on each one of my fingers.
    5.

  244. I always call my husband to look at Nella and Lainey’s photos and tell him “aren’t they just sooo cute!?”. I think he thinks I am weird! lol

    1) Taking our family dog for walks!
    2) Bubbles! (always got them for easter)
    3) Lilacs! My favorite smell!
    4) Cracking the windows open and smelling the spring air!
    5) Painting my toes for the 1st pair of flip flops!

  245. Spring is still a month or two away here:( My favorite thing about it is being able to open all the windows and clean the heck out of our house. Then getting to put in the garden!

  246. 1] opening the windows and feeling free.
    2]those eggs made from hard sugar that glisten and are hollow so that you can peek in and find a wonderful little scene of a bunny in a spot of grass. i never ate them, but just loved looking into that tiny opening and imagining away.
    3]late afternoon/early evening walks with my daddy. we were (and still are) the only ones who ever wanted to go, and wouldnt have it any other way.
    4]waking up to the songs of the birds chirping into the sun
    5]warm rainstorms

  247. 1) My mom getting me jelly shoes and having a blister on both feet, but knowing that they will mold to my feet eventually.

    2) the smell of morning rain evaporating with the afternoon sun

    3) my dad planting his garden, “berries come first… lisa, don’t eat them yet, they are still green” I heard that one a lot

    4) my official short hair, every year I cut it off to avoid having to do anything to it, the less I do to it when its short…the cooler it looks

    5) as i got older and started to drive, that first day if feels like spring getting in your car opening up all the windows and playing beastie boys or something similar as loud as i could

    ok so us here in connecticut still have snow, but the rain today gave a glimpse of what is to come when it melted a little snow away.

    Oh and my son Emmett, only a few weeks younger than Nella loves looking at her pictures and giggles at her so big and then copies it!

  248. top five fave— skinny dippin’ in the creeks! (seriously, I was little so it was okay) ha. Side-walk chalk, although we would color our road! Barefoot (all.the.time) ridin’ horses, perfect weather!! & last but not least, spring colors! so bright and pretty! love to dress up in our Easter clothes!! & go on Easter egg hunts! ahhh! love it!

  249. Love the picture of Nella splashing in the pool! Pure bliss! My favorite spring memory is shopping for days for the perfect Easter dress with my mom and sister. Even though we didn’t have tons of money, my mom would shell out $60/year for that perfect dress. Though she never let me get the little lace gloves that I so wanted. Oh, well! Probably for the best, haha!

  250. Easter always screamed spring to me….the neighbor children would all gather on our front porch to trade candy and goodies after receiving our Easter baskets!

    I do have to say….I want to put sweaters on your girls….it feels impossible that you are dressing in those clothes while we are experiencing below 0 temps in Missoula! :)

  251. Like so many of the other comments, I do so love a peek at Spring – it still feels so far away here in the midwest. A few favorite memories:

    (1) Peeps. Love them. Always have and I suspect that I always will.

    (2) The foresythia bush blooming alongside the driveway of the house that I grew up in.

    (3) Easter egg hunts – my parents used to fill the plastic eggs with candy and beaded necklaces – my sister and I loved hunting so much that we’d insist that my Dad re-hide the eggs again and again.

    (4) Day drinking in college – the Midwest thaw brought everyone out for kegs and drinking outside (not my most wholesome memory, but one of my favorites)

    AND

    (5) Not technically a memory, but baby girl #3 is due to arrive in April and I’m very excited to welcome my first Spring baby and am looking forward to all of the great memories to come!

  252. Hearing the birds sing…that’s what I look forward to. Oh and hearing the leaves rustle in the breeze. Oh and the smell of earth and and and…:-) Lovin’ the hot pink clogs!

  253. Oooh, you made me hungry for summer! Okay, I’ll take spring first. I do like spring. My favorites: Three of my kids were born in April (two on the same day two years apart!) MY birthday is also in April along with my sis– we celebrate together complete with new do’s and shopping. Love Easter—dresses, sandals, family, food, eggs– especially celebrating our risen Lord! Love the smell and thrill of a good thunder storm! And number 5… Bring on the SUN!! Love your blog and your girlies! jamie b

  254. Love the Stella & Dot! I need a piece to start my Spring up here in the cold. Can’t wait for warm weather soon!

  255. Awww, thanks for sharing some spring! We usually would have a ton of rain here in Seattle which is very spring feeling but right now we have a blanket of white snow- ugh! So it was very sweet of you to share your spring! :)
    Five favorite memories of spring: 1. Jelly shoes- pink sparkly- best ever! My sister and I loved spring because it meant that Mom would take us to the store to get “jellies”.
    2. Getting the bug to go outside and workout obsessively, soaking up some of the vitamin D that we lacked all winter long.
    3. End of February was super exciting growing up because it meant my birthday was soon so I got to go with my sister and go birthday shopping for matching Easter dresses, patent leather shoes (occasionally we talked mom into the cute white sandals), and matching hat/purse set. :)
    4. Planting pretty little flowers and watching and waiting for the one little crocus to bloom.
    5. This year is going to be a whole new memory for spring, as my husband and I are expecting our first child in the beginning of March and cannot wait to start spring traditions with her. <3

  256. I have the same earrings! Love them!

  257. My 5 favourite spring memories
    1. Making chocolate nests, melting chocolate, breaking up shredded wheat into the chocolate, moulding into nests and putting 3 cadbury mini eggs in each.
    2. Daffodils.
    3. Growing up in England seeing the dancers dance around the maypole.
    4.Choosing an Easter Eggs
    5. Making the crosses out of Palm for Palm Sunday.

  258. Thank you for sharing your Spring with me. Where I am it is -34 degrees celsius and with the wind chill it is -47. This year will bring me one of my greatest Spring memories as our 4th little bundle is due middle of April. Looking back though, the best things about this magical time of the year are splashing in puddles, the trampoline being brought out and set up, the spring blossoms flowering, the kids finding the neglected flip flops once again and last but not least chalk drawings in every color of the rainbow. Happy Spring to you and your sweet babes!

  259. 1. The sweet scent of green grass.

    2. Snow on an Easter morning when I was seven.

    3. Rolling down the car windows for the first time in the season and realizing…yep, it’s still a little cold for that.

    4.The way the light changes as the sun inches farther north every day. It becomes warmer, stronger, more golden.

    5.Getting out into the garden, and pulling out the first weeds of the year.

  260. Similar to one of your memories – as a girl from upstate NY, I remember busting out the shorts and sandles at 50 degrees. I love waiting for the colorful buds to appear on the flowering trees as well!

  261. gosh a little embarassed..all i remember about spring growing up was getting pumped for a crazy spring break on the gulf of mexico..ha! tanning beds! exercise! swimsuits!! 😉 pretending to be warm when we were really still chilly !

  262. Spring is my FAVE season!!! This winter in Indiana has been edpecially brutal so I’m happily looking forward to 60 degree weather, butterflies, and playing outside with my girls! Lots of chalk and bubbles are waiting for us. Oh and Ace of Base is AH-MAZING! :-)

  263. 1. Daffodils that my dad and I planted the previous autumn pushing up through the spring snow in our orchard.

    2. My mom throwing a double birthday party for my brother and I in March, complete with bunny cakes and goofy birthday hats.

    3. Baby chicks from the Co-op, living in our garage under warming lamps until they were big enough to live on their own in the chicken coop.

    4. Mom saying that we couldn’t run through the sprinklers until the snow had melted from the mountain tops in Northern Utah because the irrigation water would be too cold. It didn’t matter, we did it anyway.

    5. The smell of damp dirt as we tilled up our garden and prepared it for planting. It’s a smell that can’t be replicated.

  264. 5 things about spring…
    1… the little flower things you would blow on & all the fluffy stuff would go flying everywhere & you had to make a wish (what are they called?! I don’t see them here anymore :(
    2… honeysuckle tree in our backyard — YUM!
    3… a more recent memory of pulling out the flip flops & pushing my girls on the swings
    4… blowing bubbles
    5… GREEN GRASS! so happy that the grass stayed alive buried under all that snow (and sadly with the grass came the allergies but we try not to think of those & push them aside with a little claritin!)

    Lainey is quite the beautiful little lady — and it’s funny because like my Lainey she looks gorgeous in that aqua! Our two Laineys have very similar coloring — just a few years apart LOL!
    and Nella’s smile makes me smile every time!

    happy soon to be spring!
    xo
    -s

  265. Yours is the only blog I follow. As a devout pessimist, you are an inspiration. And I have to say … I ordered the same Designed-designer-Birch-tree-wall-decal you put up (i put it on my stairway to the 2nd floor, like an idiot … yeah, that was difficult) and LOVE it. Every day. A small thing that is definitely enjoyed. :)

  266. Open windows allowing a beautiful and oh so sweet breeze to enter our home!

    White! I’m a traditionalist and do not wear white between labor day and memorial day. I long for the day to look “tan” in a white pair of possibly to short shorts!

    Flowers! There’s nothing sweeter than smelling a sweet scent before your eyes see the bursts of colors!

    Lent. It refocuses me.

    Yard Sales! Love ’em!

  267. My grandma was a minister so we also went to Kentucky for Easter.
    1-Snow at Easter in KY and trying to find Easter eggs really quick!
    2-COLD Easter, laying down on Grandma’s lap in front of the coal burning stove in Grandpa’s church and sleeping as Grandpa preached
    3-Getting chocolate Easter bunnies and eating their ears off first
    4-Watching my sister lying in the sun smeared with baby oil as soon as the snow melted
    5-hanging out all night with my friends as soon as it got warm enough to park the car somewhere and sit on the hood and talk and talk and talk!

  268. I FREAKING LOVE THIS POST!!!!

  269. my spring favs…

    1) decorating easter eggs, with multiple coffee cups filled with colorful dyes for the eggs

    2) melting snow..rubber boots and puddle jumping

    3)seeing the first patch of green grass hiding under the big snow pile

    4)the feeling of freedom after being cooped up all winter

    5)farmers markets

  270. I grew up in Canada’s Frozen North, so Spring was a BIG DEAL

    1. making kitten drawings with pussywillow blossoms

    2. not wearing a coat outside

    3. spotting the first crocuses blooming outside City Hall

    4. watching the decidious trees for leaf buds

    5. when the horses up the road would get Spring Fever, break loose from their pens, and go for a wild free gallop down the road. One memorable time they ALL ended up in our driveway – it was amazing.

    Love from my family to yours, Kelle.

  271. I am a fall/winter kinda girl. But, I do like the beginning of spring.

    5 memories….

    1. My brother would bury my Easter eggs.

    2. I think I was the only child who had to hunt boiled eggs. my mom never got the memo to do plastic eggs and I know they were around in the 70’s, my friends had them!

    3. Now I created the plastic egg memories for my daughter. She had A LOT! I made sure of it.

    4. I miss getting her cute spring dresses for Easter.

    5. My baby’s birthday is March 1st! :o) She’ll be 13. What a beautiful chic she is blossoming into.

    Love this post Kelle!

    :o)

  272. Kelle, your blog was beautiful today, as always–LOVE all the bare feet and I can’t wait for the snow to melt here so we can enjoy ours:)

    In my family, we always had Easter dresses with the HUGE-brimmed Easter hats. Looking back at pictures is so cute–I sort of wish they’d come back in style (were they ever in style?)

  273. Spring like here in Tallahassee too!:)

  274. My favorite spring memories…
    1. The birth of my princess. Can’t believe she is turning 3 this year.
    2. My husband and I will be celebrating our anniversary in May (we’re another e-harmony couple)
    3. I remember road trips in the spring from Rhode Island to Florida to visit my grandparents. Longest drive ever but so fun to be in sun and not the snow!
    4. cadbury mini eggs. best Easter candy ever.
    5. did I mention cadbury mini eggs??? :-)

  275. Love!
    5 favorite spring memories:
    1. searching for Easter baskets at my grandparents
    2. searching for the perfect dresses for my girls and suit for my baby boy-we usually are cheesy and everyone including my husband and I all coordinate 😉
    3. Spring break excitement
    4. making Easter treats with my kids (last year cupcakes with green frosting and peeps on top)
    5. cleaning and purging things we have outgrown!

  276. Okay 2 things: 1. I cant believe ya’ll are swimming down there! and 2. This made me even MORE anxious for easter! I heart easter! (fyi- I got some easter egg string lights at target last weekend for 2.50 each in the dollar bins…..)

    Fav spring memory?? What comes to mind is how when I was little I always had the desire to don cute rain boots & a raincoat & hat & matching umbrella, and just skip down the street. My mother never allowed me to do this. So one day, the bus dropped me off before my mom got home from work. So I got on my rain gear (normal jacket & shoes- I never owned rainboots or a raincoat actually…) and I just took off around the neighborhood, playing in a THUNDERSTORM. I didn’t care, I wanted to play in the rain! My mom flipped out waiting for me to come home, but c’mon, kids are SUPPOSED to play in the rain!!

  277. my parents getting my sister and I two girl bunnies which turned out to be 1 girl & 1 boy which lead to more baby bunnies that I could count, going out to a restaurant wearing a tacky 80’s easter dress and tucking the back into my tights and having a sweet old lady tell me after I walked the length of the restaurant, meeting my husband on easter night at a bar in key west, seeing my baby boy on his 1st easter wearing bunny ears, watching my 2 bunnies fight like dogs the following year over the candy in the basket. I’m looking forward to this year. :) Blessings to you and yours.

  278. My favorite Spring memory is also buying Easter shoes …. we had a driveway that was pretty steep and every year {I mean EVERY year} I dreaded those slippery, white patent leather shoes my Mom would buy …. because every year {Yes every year} I slipped on my ‘you-know-what’ wearing those new shoes trying to walk down the driveway … ahh good memories :)

  279. Love your blog! and love spring! the warmth, spending hours outside with my babies, the flowers, cookouts with friends, did i already mention SUNSHINE!!!

  280. I adore our spring in Naples

  281. 5 Spring moments: Just labeling with an * because I cannot put them in order!

    * water gun fights with my stepson
    * Peeps….heaven…sweet, sugary….mmmmm… which reminds me I need to go to the store!
    *flip flops.
    *coloring eggs (with my little peeps!)
    *fresh cut grass

  282. Fav memory of spring… Stalking the weather channel for a day warm enough where I could finally wear my new JcPenny shorts outfit my Mom bought me to school! hah!

  283. Finding the perfect Easter Dress and hat with my Mom and Grandma. Digging around my easter basket to find the rare gum-ball easter eggs (as opposed to the malted milk ones)
    My first ten speed bike, hot pink, that I got for Easter one year :)

  284. Finding the perfect Easter Dress and hat with my Mom and Grandma. Digging around my easter basket to find the rare gum-ball easter eggs (as opposed to the malted milk ones)
    My first ten speed bike, hot pink, that I got for Easter one year :)

  285. Church with my Papaw, Easter dresses and matching shoes, the Houston Rodeo, track season, and most importantly…TEXAS BLUEBONNETS

  286. My favorite Spring memory was making those Easter bunny cakes with my mom. You know the kind, baked in 2 circle pans. You cut the ears and bow tie out of one pan and the face is the other. I never liked coconut unless it was dyed pink and was Easter bunny fur.
    I couldn’t be more ready for Spring. Now I look forward to tulips and dressing up my girl in an over-the-top Easter dress and bonnet. I think we might even have to make our own bunny cake this year :)

  287. Spring for me meant

    1. Spring Musical–after months and months of rehearsal spring meant performance time!!

    2. Eating lunch on the grass

    3. Washing the car with the neighborhood kids

    4.Sandals with painted toe nails

    5. Running through the sprinkler in the backyard.

  288. Spring memories? Croquet on the rolling front lawn in front of my grandparent’s farmhouse Easter morning. Dollar store must-haves–bubbles, skip-its, marbles and sidewalk chalk. Cancer society daffodil bunches appearing on people’s desks at the office. Listening to the snow melt at the cabane à sucre and licking the maple syrup ‘tire’ (taffy) off popsicle sticks. Watching the neighbourhood kids play softball games in the park behind our house, while we eat BBQ burgers on the picnic table. The Saturday morning sound of lawnmowers tackling lawns that don’t quite need a cut. And, jelly shoes for sure!

    Laughed out loud about Lainey’s new treasure box–Laffy Taffy, barettes and squinkies….adorable. And soooo familiar. Brooke stashes her ‘treaures’ either in a make-up bag she carries around as her purse or under her pillow. It’s ridiculous the things she keeps under that pillow–scads of ‘night-time’ socks and ‘unders’ (I have no idea why–her drawer with her underthings is a foot away!), the odd crayon, a legless mini-fairy doll, Princess Bell lip balm, junk jewelry, a flashlight with no batteries, a magnifying glass, an Ariel sticker book, an empty bottle of infant tylenol, a ‘magic wand’ and a Tinkerbell powder puff. Ah…the things we girls collect….

  289. Oh man oh man… I needed this post. I just had a bad, bad super bad date. Blargh. In the midst of the hopeless frustrating awful feelings that are coursing through me right now, I am reminded that hope gets renewed every SPRING. I’m old school, I love the peeps, plastic Easter eggs with jelly beans inside, and those mini daffodils. Praise the Lord for mini daffodils.

  290. Growing up in England leaves me with fond memories of Spring.
    Like wearing identical easter dresses with my baby sister on Easter Sunday, making our own spring bonnets to enter in our ballet recital, running around our house enjoying an egg hunt searching for clues to find the next egg. And the sound of birds chirping in the morning with the first glimpse of yellow peeking through as daffodils make their entrance into the glories of spring.

  291. My 5 fav past Spring Memories:
    1) Easter and all of us sibs getting fresh fruit; we couldn’t afford it all winter long so it was extra special in our Easter Baskets, esp. the pineapple.
    2) Finally getting to take a walk in the woods on the path since the snow was too deep to walk in.
    3) Wagon rides with my sibs.
    4) Easter bonnet and YES the white gloves for Easter Sunday. Sure wished my Mom would have kept those for me to give to my own girls.
    5) Spring break of course ruled as a kid! Having a week to play with our new badminton set.
    Love the pics of the girls! Nella looks more mature in these pics and not a baby baby any more. And thanks so much for sharing your spring! Love the pics! Soaking them up!

  292. Favorite spring memory. . .traveling to TN to visit Mamaw and Papaw for Easter. Papaw would take us to the co-op and let us pick out an Easter chick. Yes, its horrifying to think about now, but they were dyed Easter colors. I always got a purple or pink one, my brother got blue. And we played with them and kept them in a box for that week until we went home. And when we came back in the summer, the chicks would have miraculously grown into normal colored chickens (or that’s what Papaw told us.) :-)

  293. 5 spring memories:
    * I remember an Easter when I was little and I got to dress up. I couldn’t tell you what the shoes or the dress look liked but the hat…the hat was white with a ribbon tied around it. It was special and I still have it to this day.
    * Spring is our anniversary so I equate it with love.
    * Last spring we had our 3rd boy so we are gearing up for a great 1st birthday party this spring.
    * Color. Spring is when color starts to reappear and it just lifts my spirits after a white, dull winter.
    * Iced coffees. I usually start switching my lattes from hot to iced this time of year and it gets me all excited for what’s to come!

  294. 4 things I love about spring: my lilac bush and clipping branches to bring the lovely smell into the house, checking out at my local hardware stores for seed packets and what other goodies to plant in my garden, bright vibrant colors in all the spring clothes, the end to bundling up the kids in the freezing Indiana weather. Love your spring pictures. Enjoy the warmth.

  295. My favorite Easter memory was getting a pretty dress with white patent shoes. And that hollow choc bunny that I hid in closet so my siblings wouldn’t get to it. 8)

  296. 1. egg hunts at church
    2. the smell of spring
    3. crocuses
    4. my birthday
    5. Disney vacations

  297. My top 5 Spring Memories:

    1) Bringing my baby home almost 3 years ago from the hospital. She was born on April 13th so she really is a Spring Chicken :)

    2) Easter egg hunts with all my cousins wearing my Sunday best :)

    3) Going to the beach with my daughter just after her 1st birthday, it was the middle of the week and it was just me, my husband and my girl :) It was the best!

    4) Today after I had my ultrasound and saw my sweet new baby wiggling around and the heartbeat for the first time, then stepped outside to wait for my husband and daughter to pick me up, and waited in the warm late February sun with a cup of decaf in my hands to keep me warm.

    5) When my husband proposed to me on top of a mountain at the end of Spring 7 years ago!

  298. 1) When I first hear spring I can’t help, but think of spring break, although I have been out of school for 6 years, something about SB is just exhilirating
    2) spring cleaning, out with the old and in with the new
    3)stations of the cross
    4)Easter egg hunts, even when the youngest of us was 20
    5)bring on the white shoes, although now I hear you can get away with those year round.

  299. As far as the transitional seasons go, my love for fall far outweighs spring. But, living under two feet of snow for the past two months, definitely gives me major appreciation for the warmer weather that is hopefully soon approaching. Five things:
    -Changing over from winter to summer clothes (we would always get hand-me-downs from older cousins at this time, so it was pretty exciting to get a whole “new” wardrobe)
    -Bare feet (we would walk up and down our gravel driveway to get our feet tough as fast as we could to get ready for summer)
    -Getting OUT OF THE HOUSE, especially without full-on arctic gear (this one definitely is more recent as I have a child. I hate going out in the freezing cold, but I cannot go too many days alone in my house with my one year old either)
    -Easter candy. (Although, Peeps are starting to be less exciting now that they have them for every holiday.)
    -Camping on Memorial Day weekend, which we have done every year since I was a teenager. It’s always kind of exciting to see if it is going to be really warm or freezing and rainy.

  300. 1.Getting dressed up for the elementary Easter Parade at school.
    2.Going to P’cola beach and seeing jelly fish on the shore.
    3.Slipping on the flipflops after a long winter.
    4.Spending all of Spring Break at the beach house with friends.
    5.Coloring Easter eggs with my sweet kiddos.

  301. stella.
    cora.
    (my spring babies. they will FOREVER be at the top of my spring memories.)
    dipping eggs at grandmas house in petite tea cups.
    the first sight of the new-green-grass from beneath a pile of snow (which is replaced each year by the first new sight of new-green-grass from beneath a pile of snow).
    egg hunts. amidst a bajillion other egg-hunting kiddos in siouxfalls, sd. i remember getting nothing. because some kid took the only egg i found from right underneath my nose.

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  303. Love the red frame and red chargers against the blue tablecloth! I have red and blue in my house and love it.

    Favorite spring memories:

    1. spring fever at college. Everyone stretched out on blankets attempting to study on the grassy lawn, but soon giving in and throwing frisbees.

    2. My grandpa filming (yes…with an actual movie camera) on Easter morning as we all parade out the front door waving at him in our Easter finery. He did this every year until I was well into junior high and maybe even older and we would watch the home movies later.

    3. Irises blooming. They are my absolute favorite flower and I love seeing them come up.

    4. The crab apple tree in my old backyard in Colorado Springs blooming. My dad stood outside and made sure the workers didn’t hurt the roots of that tree when they had to have a new sewer line put in the backyard.

    5. Taking my friends down to Tampa every year for spring break in college. It was so much fun to show them my old stomping grounds and get pampered by family. And the beach, even if the water was too cold to get into, fed my soul.

  304. We have that same bunny :)
    Now for five spring memories.
    1. Absolutely the best feeling ever on bear feet. Cold clover in the yard.
    2.Dressing up like Little House on the Prairie characters and making oatmeal cookies with water and packets of microwaveable oatmeal. Yep..nothing like a wadded up ball of apple cinnamon oatmeal and water while wearing every skirt you own whilst prancing around the yard…because that’s totally little house on the prairie-like.. :)
    3. Riding your bike and your mom not worrying about you because you live in the country and back then no one really worried about that.

    4. Cracking rocks at the end of the drive-way…living out in the country and no tv makes you find something to do.

    5. A spring cleaning and the windows open with the breeze blowing through. I still try to make that happen now but nothings like those days when you weren’t the one having to do the cleaning…ha

  305. OHMYGOODNESS!!! I was totally singing Ace of Base’s “All that she wants” today while cleaning the house. My 3 yr old daughter has a “magic microphone” and I act all American Idol-ish and belt out all my old high school tunes. :) ALSO, I have those exact clogs in the same color. I bought them 3 yrs ago and only wore them a hand full of times until this winter. I’ve pretty much worn them ALL WINTER. :)

    Favorite memories of Spring:
    (1)I have ALWAYS loved spring cleaning since I was a little girl.
    (2)Feeling envious of the girls that had NEW easter dresses while I just had my sisters’ hand-me-down dresses
    (3)I was about 9 yrs old when I held a fuzzy new baby chick for the first time. IT WAS AWESOME!!
    (4)Spring on a Kansas farm mean TONS of mud…everywhere… outside and INSIDE the house. IT’S EVERYWHERE!
    (5) Best springtime memory ever is the year my grandma bought (6 yr old) me a pink vinyl purse with a rosette on it to go with my hand-me-down dress. I love,Love,LOVED that purse AND that grandma. She passed away this last year and I miss her terribly. But am thankful for the awesome memories like this one that I have of her. :)

    HAPPY SPRING… even if it is still February. :)

  306. IM so jealous of your sunny weather. Its pouring rain and snowing in SO CAL. CRAZY! The girls are gorgeous as ever. Have a great weekend girl!

  307. Ace of Base was definitely the first CD I ever owned! I remember when spring was approaching when we were in elementary school and everyone would take off their winter jackets because we thought it was SO HOT outside but really, there was still snow on the ground. Wishful thinking at it’s finest. You’re spring-y pictures are helping me forget the current extra cold snap we’re having up here in Western Canada…come spring come!

  308. TOO EASY!!!!! Easter.Egg.Hunting!!!

    Seeing your Florida spring weather and fun-times makes me yearn for ours!!! Soon enough!!

  309. 1. Easter Egg Hunts
    2. Finding 4-Leaf Clovers
    3. Niece/Nephew Being Born
    4. Wading in the Creek
    5. Eating Ice Cream at DQ

  310. Spring Memories:
    1. As a girl, it was spring when we walked up the road behind our house to pick pussy willows. We brought them back and put them in vases around our house.
    2. Easter outfits and choosing what to wear to church are also fond spring memories.
    3. As the snow melted, it created ditches filled with water along the road outside our house. We would put on our rubber boots and play in the water for good chunks of the day.
    4. Huge Easter Egg Hunts.
    5. The birth of my son Jack who was born March 23. What a wonderful spring gift.

  311. love the green earrings!
    My 5
    Watching Steel Magnolias a bazillion times every spring because my favorite scene is the end of the movie.
    Awful tennis-shoe-wearing-twelve year old in a frilly Easter dress.
    Being really little and having my mother re-hid all of the Easter eggs, over and over again.
    When the temperature first hits 75 in Tallahassee, sometime mid-February, and I want to pull out my white denim and sandles.
    Azaleas blooming every year.

  312. I’m originally from Ohio, so identify w/ your signs of spring from Michigan~ I think our seasons are the same. Now, we’re in Canada and I’m afraid a whole month behind the rest of the world as we longingly wait for a hint of green {anything} to appear! :)

    **

    five favorite memories? hmm…

    1.throwing my new, usually white, shoes off to run like mad – and fall and ruin my dress at some point… during our traditional easter egg hunt in the front yard of the church.

    2.eating hollow chocolate bunnies – saving the ears for last!

    3.dying eggs. always dropping mine in the glass and having to try forever to fish it out.. i remember one year having green fingers for days, thinking it was cool cause then i could pretend i was The Hulk {remember that show?}

    4.opening packages of Peeps and letting them sit out until they were stale before eating them- i like the marshmallows more hard, still do to this day. and prefer the bunnies to the chicks.

    5.waking up while it was still dark to go to our church’s sunrise service- now i barely make the 11 o clock service!

    **

    thanks for passing out a bit of spring to those of us still wondering if she’s coming…

    bought a swimsuit at Target today though. I’m hopeful. :)

  313. SWEET blog!! Love spring because it means my dear girlfriend and I can hit the forest preserve 3 mile loop through the woods and solve all the worlds problems along the way!

  314. I love spring! I’ve been expecting my little snow drops to start poking their heads up out of the ground. Last night we got 5 inches of snow, so your photos of your littles swimming make me extremely jealous! Memories of spring are, matching Easter dresses with my sisters, beautiful flowers, open windows, jelly beans, and planning the garden. Hope it’s a wonderful weekend! Thank you for sharing your life with all!

  315. Ahhh…your spring beats my spring! It is a blizzard outside with 3 more feet on its way. My spring memories are filled with spring breaks in Death Valley where my parents gave us cacti for Easter, riding bikes in the desert, listening to the coyotes howl, and kissing frogs. We would then return to our snow filled home to crushed truck shells, and no way into our home. We would dig to get to the door. I also remember the smell of my Grandma’s backyard. She lived in warmer weather and everything would be earthy and wonderful. Oh spring… how I love you, will you visit soon please. My toes miss the sun.

  316. Awww, man!! Thanks a lot! Now I have “I saw the sign” stuck in my head!!!

    Such a fun post. Thanks for sharing your spring! But we just got dumped on with snow, and I’m kind of enjoying it (I’m a Michigan girl too now transplanted elsewhere).

    What a great idea to spray paint frames! I have a few pictures and a mirror that are outdated (and not in that cool, vintage way) that need some sprucing and I’m gonna spruce! You’re so creative and I love stealing… er, sharing your ideas!

  317. when i was little my mom would always throw a first day of spring party! i can still taste the cupcakes with dyed green coconut + 3 little jelly beans on top.

    ace of base is awesome.

  318. Spring is my favorite season….the ground is thawing, buds are on the trees, and people are coming out of hibernation after long winters around here.

    Some of my favorite spring time memories as a child…playing red rover with the neighborhood kiddos, and staying out until the 2nd or 3rd streetlight came on, or your mother called your first middle, and last names-whichever came first. Pulling our bikes out of storage and riding around the neighborhood until our fingers went numb from the chill in the evening air. Hanging our swings back up on the jungle gym and the smell of fresh blooms all around. I hope to re-live some of these memories with my kiddos now. Yay for Spring!!

  319. 5 memories:
    1. Playing in our ditch and getting our rubber boots full of water
    2. Easter candy/chocolate hunts
    3. Switching from parkas to thinner jackets
    4. New shoes
    5. Every year, feeling like I’m coming alive again as the snow melts away

  320. I love color. I hate beige. A few years ago, my oldest son, then age 14, said to his younger 10 year old brother:

    John, we live in a crayon box.

    There you have it. Out of the mouths of babes.

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  323. Seriously, could Nella be any sweeter? I love her sweet serious mouth in the first shot. And Lainey’s dainty gloved hands are breaking my heart.

    5 of my spring memories:
    1.Easter baskets: my mom always found unique, beautiful baskets for me and there was always exactly one Cadbury Egg (VERY special) among the other more run-of-the-mill candies.
    2. Buying the first bunch of daffodils at Trader Joe’s and brightening up my drab cubicle with them.
    3. The smell of it. There are no words.
    4. Making “stained glass” butterflies out of tissue paper in Kindergarten.
    5. My first son being born on the first day of spring in 2005.

  324. I miss flip-flops that got filthy, chewing big fat wads of gum,playing at the park way past sundown with friends,those long,long walks through the woods always curious as to what I may find. I really miss sticky cotton candy hands on a sunny day.

  325. You are so funny. I love your posts. My 5 favorite memories…
    1. paying cops and robbers while riding our banana bikes around the dead end street we lived on.
    2. the first soccer practice after all the snow had melted meant it was time to get back to business
    3. walking to my car after work and realizing that the salt stains on my car are no longer acceptable since there hasn’t been snow in quite some time
    4. walking up to my front door and see that the little yellow tulips are fighting their way through the soil. And finally….
    5. putting shorts on my baby for the first time and see those cubby little legs, rolls and all and wanting to eat them up!

  326. pardon me while i crush on your mint julep cups. :::sigh:::

  327. 1. Dogwood blossoms
    2. Matching dresses made by my grandmother for me, my cousins and her, of course.
    3. Staying outdoors from sun up till sun down on the weekends.
    4. Climbing our tree in the front yard and just listening to the birds and watching the clouds.
    5. Going to church on Easter Sunday and hearing of the resurrection. I never tire of it.

    Those are my spring memories from when I was young.

  328. We have an annual “ice out” day contest. Every member of the family writes theirs in on my mom’s calendar. My brother still writes his in, but I have to call my date in since I live so far away now.
    BTW, there’s no real prize for getting the date right. Just bragging rights for the year (or, in some cases, decade).

  329. easter while i was growing up meant an egg hunt on an island(provincial park) out here on the west coast with a whole bunch of kids from the club my parents are members of. the easter bunny(aka all the parents) spread the eggs out over a HUGE field, in trees etc at all levels so the kids of all ages could find some just for them. Of course the parents, before it was looked down upon by general society, had their own hunt in the waist length grass beside the field. Their treasure was more adult orientated as it was bottles of beer. Of course our parents recruited/bribed us kids to give up the egg hunt for the beer hunt with promises of pizza and ice cream and whatever else they had to tell us to get us to find their beer for them. It was fabulous. My daughter will go to her first egg hunt this year on that same island, in that same field and although she’s entirely too young to eat what she(I) finds I can’t wait. Unfortunately the adult hunt is no longer done as well…..I’m sure more than one bottle got lost and then found at a later date by kids.

  330. The five things I remember about spring are..
    1. My sprinkler…I couldt wait to break out that bad boy
    2. The beach
    3. The freshly blooming flowers
    4. The smell of April showers
    5. The promise that summer is right around the corner

  331. Super cute clogs! They remind me of the ones that were sooo cool when I was a kid, the open toe ones with the blue upper! Had to have those, they just made you feels so grown up lol!

    My top five:
    1.The appearance of the first tiny pointy green triangles peeking out of the dirt in moms flowerbed in the front yard.
    2.Bare toes in the grass.
    3.The Apple Blossom festival in Canon City CO where they had a huuuuge marching band competition. We would go up every year with my grandparents to see my Aunt Pauline march in her high school band, and right before the parade we’d go see all the bands gathered in the park to practice and show off in front of each other!
    4.Colorado rain and thunder storms, and splashing barefoot in the puddles and floating sticks and leaves down the little rushing river along the sidewalk.
    5. Hearing the sno-cone man coming down the street again and sharing a cherry slushie with my dad.

  332. Things I love about this post:
    ~bathing suits in February
    ~”Warm and Cool have exchanged vows in a beautiful blue-skied ceremony and have brought forth a love child who dwells right here, right now” <— this is making me long for my 8:00pm flight on the 9th to be RIGHT NOW!! Naples Bound Baby! :)
    ~My first car was a 91 = hatchback not wagon- and my back bumper was first cracked prior to the back driver’s side falling off (and never being replaced cuz i was 16 and didn’t care) and the back driver’s side door didn’t open… Mine was called the Scort cause I was sportin the Scort.
    ~I catch sooo much crap for having Ace of Base on my iPod. People ask why and I simply answer why not? I learned after awhile of answering with “incase I was in the mood to listen to it” to which the response was a pure fit of hysterics!
    ~bare feet, swings, snacks served on butterfly napkins – oh! It’s all so springy and amazing!
    ~spray paint!! that is all!
    Thanks for starting my weekend off right :)
    Happy Weekend Hamptons!
    ~Beth

  333. Ok, where is the like button hahahaha!
    My lord lady…I live vicariously through you! Your words create a story in color…love it.
    Spring to me….
    1) Playing the “Egg Crackin Game” on Easter.. youngest or the oldest goes first.They hit an egg and see who’s breaks first…the winner keeps going until all eggs are cracked..last egg standing w/no cracks wins! This game has been a family tradition brought to us from my late Grandma…(miss you and thanks for the memories) We keep the tradition going.
    2) means warmer weather and many trips to the beach to watch daddy surf and mommy builds sand castles w/ the boys, soccer in the sand and tossing the football yo!
    3) means rain as well…mommy needs to pull out her creativity hat for some fun indoor activity to keep the BOYS busy and not nagging @ mom that their bored….maybe some playdough, paint,crayons,bored games etc.
    4) Disneyland baby! We have annual passes and we like to spend family time @ the” BIG D”….now… those are some memories.
    5) getting outdoors and taking pictures of nature and of course my boys..my family.

  334. I grew up in a COLD area… so spring to me was…
    1- running into the backyard and getting to finally swing from the rope swing after a 4-5 month hiatus!
    2- the lilacs my mother would pick from out back and put on the back of the toilet in the bathroom- I burn Yankee Candles Lilac candle now and it brings me back to that moment
    3-FLIPFLOPS! I wear them year round but I could finally rock them with a cute skirt and tank
    4-Softball started- my favorite sport in the world- I would be back where I belonged on the field
    5-Sitting outside with my sister- “melting” crayons into beautiful pictures on the heat of the cement…

  335. wow – a lot of comments…
    what says spring more than anything is – the bare, dry roads – with no snow, but a little sand left – because they’ve had sand on during snowy season, taking out the bikes and knee highs, I don’t really wear knee highs anymore, but that said spring when I was little – still reminds me of spring. Tone

  336. Sad I wont see spring, we go straight from winter to summer up here :( But when I was a kid I did live in a place that had lots of spring…

    1. I loved getting out and riding my bike, feeling the warm air on my face and smelling the flowers!
    2. Seeing my dad working in the flower beds!!
    3. Those easter candies that you can lick and wipe on your lips… LOVED THOSE!
    4. Rolling down the window and hanging my head out like a puppy.
    5. Mostly just feeling alive again after a long hibernation (I’m not a winter person!)

  337. 5 spring memories:
    -garage sale shopping with my mom
    -all open windows in the house
    -lemonaide stands
    -young love.
    -getting my first dog.

  338. This is my first comment on your blog.. and well its so inspiring… I feel it… the love, the wonder, the happiness, the excitement… I feel it all and just want to say Thank you.
    I’m glad you are enjoying your spring… here in LA its pouring, and it has been for the past week… Luckily i have a 2 month old daughter and a loving husband to warm my days :)

  339. We’ll be heading into autumn soon enough in my part of the world!!!

  340. I agree with commenter number one: love everything here!
    This blog is an absolute “must” 😀
    Love it!

    Seeing your photos I feel like selling our house and just book a one way ticket to Miami. Not only do I love Miami but the spring you kindly share is “to die for”!!!

    I went jogging, this morning, on icy streets, for Pete’s sake… 😀

    I find all those fears of coppers hilarious! One of my best friends is a police man and my beloved son is totally set on being a police man. I guess I ought to by him a ticket, when he’s done, and send him over to your place ’cause a more lovable, warm and ….. wonderful police man, never existed!

    I wish you a great saturday, mine has just started!
    /Anna

  341. Love the jewelry! And your post! Getting in th spring mood. But, really SPRING already?! Oooh, it is cold here. I just love spring in general, that all-is-new again feeling. My memories? Those of my girls being little and hunting for Easter eggs. They are all grown up and I so miss those times now. It does all go by too fast. Love from th blog mama

  342. (this is a new thing: coming back here to leave a second comment! here goes:)

    By the way: “Ace of Base” are from my country – I even went to school with the handsome guy, he sat in front of me ;-D
    LOL

  343. I have to say my favorite spring memories are all from Easter. Easter meant family… and Easter Egg hunts! Even though my cousins and I are all grown we still have them, but now they are battles. We end up dissolving into piles of laughter while stealing each other’s eggs. It is magical!

  344. Girl, I *love* your blog. Seriously.

    I want to steal all your springtime moments as my own!! But, since you asked and the Stella & Dot shop is so gorgeous, here goes…

    1)the first time you smell cut grass since the previous summer…that’s when Spring is on its way.
    2)the first time you go out in a tee and flipflops and its really too cold to do that but you do it anyway because its nearly spring.
    3)Waking up with it being light instead of pitch dark
    4)the flowers, oh the flowers! Daffodils everywhere and such bright colors!
    5)lighter evenings for sitting out back watching the sun go down :)

    I love the Spring :)

  345. Wow, Kelle, there are over 300 comments on your post!!! How do you keep up?
    I think I’ve only posted once but I just had to jump on and tell you how much I love reading your blog. It is a real bright spot in my day when I come across one of your posts, filled with the gorgeous pictures of your girls and your family.
    This week on Tuesday we had a huge earthquake in my city, Christchurch, New Zealand. There are many many people who have died and our city is devastated. We had only just felt as though we were beginning to recover after the big September earthquake which caused devastation but no loss of life. This time has been so much worse and it is hard to imagine life ever being normal again. I have not been on the computer apart from a couple of posts on Facebook, only now 5 days later can I think about posting on my blog and checking up on my blog reader. This time I have come straight to your posts instead of “saving the best till last” as I usually do as I so feel the need for a “happiness boost” in the midst of all the uncertainty.
    My family is safe, thankfully. My husband was trapped on the 17th floor of his building for over 4 hours after their lifts and stairwells collapsed leaving them unable to escape the building. Picking him up as he walked out of the city and towards home was one of the best moments of my life! I am so thankful he came out alive.
    Hmmm, looks like I had more to say than I though I would!
    Thank you for your blog – I love it.
    Louise in Christchurch, NZ

  346. I cannot wait for spring to arrive and this post makes me just a little bit more anxious for it to make it’s appearance :)

    My best memories of Spring?
    The smell of freshly cut grass
    Lemon Fanta
    Daffodils
    Being barefoot in the grass
    Being able to have that 1st cup of coffee in the morning outside :)

  347. 1. Our wedding day on the first day of spring

    2. The Easter Eve we got engaged and the Easter we announced it to our families

    3. Begging my mom to wear shorts when it was 68 degrees, because she always had a rule that we couldn’t break out the shorts until the first 70 degree day

    4. Collecting caterpillars as they hatched each spring (a good and gross memory)

    5. Beginning my first “spring” this year in southeast asia which is really the beginning of the “hot” season.. and still loving it!

  348. Seriously, does that little every stop grinning? :) Loving your step into Spring as I cast an eye over my house looking like it was hit by a cyclone…we just relocated from Geneva to Melbourne, but it’s slooowly coming together. Love your style girl!

  349. Spring comes immediately, if you do the following:
    1. Buy a daffodil pot.
    2. Rearrange the furniture wherever it’s possible.
    3. Open the window and listen to the music.
    4. Take a nap with sun dancing on your face.
    5. Begin planting herbs and Easter grass.

  350. I hope you don’t mind, I have a love/love thing with my bangs that has suddenly turned into a hate/hate thing because I decided to grow them out *blek* – I’m taking that photo of you with the earings to my stylist and telling her “that is what I need my bangs to do NOW”
    Great post, lots of love – Kathryn!

  351. Spring has sprung here in Katy, TX also. And I am loving every minute of it. My spring moments include:

    – Soccer tournaments over Easter weekend from the age of 8-16. Never will forget those days on the field.

    – Easter baskets full of bubbles, chalk, and stick on earrings.

    – Making pretzels with my grandma. My hair was always in a braid and tanktops were worn.

    Newer memories include

    – Making passover saders for my husband (fiance at the time) and his fraternity brothers

    – And Spring break… How I live(d) for that 1 empty bliss filled week where it was all about fun, laughter, and always friendship!

  352. Ahhh, Spring! I want some of your sunshine over here! My Spring memories include: Visits to Grandparents and all the memories that go with, like sleeping up in the attic and the smell of mothballs (very nostalgic!), Easter eggs hidden in the apple tree by the Easter bunny, Pretty dresses and roast lamb with mint sauce and beautiful flowers like daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, apple blossom… ahhh, I can hardly wait!

  353. oh I’m so jealous of your spring. we got a few more inches of snow in New England :-( I can’t wait for a 55 degree day, to wear shorts & wash my car!
    My memories of spring are:
    1) longer, more adventerous walks with the dog
    2) tulips & daffodils everywhere
    3) riding bikes (oh I loved riding my bike as a kid)
    4) not wearing a coat
    5) ahhh Sun! well, and then rain but I remember the sun!

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  355. Yeah for Spring. Lately the kids and I have been flocking outside after school, on the weekends, whenever we can. We pack picnics, fly kites, explore, pick flowers, and soak in the sunshine.
    Love the clogs and the spray paint. Can’t wait to see what beautiful outfits you get the girls for Easter.

  356. My favorite things starting from my childhood:

    1) Making pastel mints with my grandmother (we did pink, yellow and mint green)
    2) Picking and drying queen anne’s lace from our garden.
    3) Getting a new pair of shoes (usually I wanted pink or purple jellies).
    4) Making little bunnies out of cotton balls and Easter eggs

    And #5 is my current most favorite thing…Reese’s Easter Eggs! Yum!

  357. Ahhhh Spring1 I sure do love you although find it difficult to believe the groundhog with all this snow on the ground…

    Spring was open windows with curtains blowing gently in the breeze.

    Spring meant shopping for a pretty pastel Easter dress, or sometimes just for new fabric and lace so mom could make one for me.

    It was the arrival of pink and yellow Peeps in the stores because it was the ONLY time of the year that you could find them.

    Spring smelled like dad’s fresh cut grass and looked like the random tulips sprouting among the various flower beds at home. They were always sporadic and even though mom thought she had finally been able to dig up all the bulbs, they always seemed to return.

    Spring meant Easter egg hunts with bright and colorful plastic eggs filled with yummy jellybeans. All black ones were saved for mom though…yuck!

    Here’s to hoping Spring comes soon to Ohio, too!!!

  358. Flying kites in the park, picking out Easter dresses, getting the new Disney movie, going barefoot, and riding bikes after the street lights came on! Come on Spring – make your way up to Virginia!!!

  359. Spring is among my favorite seasons. I always remember Easter morning in PA where we thought we could wear our spring dresses and white patent leather shoes with tights, but it always turned out so cold that we’d have to bundle up in winter coats and sometimes winter clothes because it is never *actually* warm on Easter.

    LOVE this post. Can’t wait to welcome spring here too!

  360. Wow -spring memories. Every Easter we had a HUGE (meaning aunts, uncles, second cousins, etc) Easter party and it was a riot. Mud fights, wierd games, food. good times. I also love long walks to playground. Love Barbecue’s with homemade potato salad. Ya…I am in love with Spring too.

  361. 1. When the snow would start to melt we were always on Daffodil watch as that meant spring was really coming.
    2. Buying Easter dresses to wear to sunrise service with our grandparents. One year we even got hats!
    3. The first bike ride of the spring season.
    4. Flying kites in the neighbors field.

    5 The first day we were allowed to wear shorts! Pure Bliss!

  362. My favorite 5 spring memories: 1) pulling the dusty cover off the the Webber grill, firing it up, and enjoying the most delish cheeseburgers – eaten outside on paper plates.
    2) opening the windows after a long winter and smelling the fresh air blowing through the house.
    3) Going through the “spring” clothing that was packed away for 6 months, and gasping “I forgot I had this shirt/dress/outfit”. It’s almost like getting a surprise package in the mail and not knowing what’s inside!
    4) Having a REAL reason to get a pedicure…. have to have pretty toes to match the open toes shoes I got on clearance at the end of last summer but haven’t been able to wear yet
    5)Hearing the laughter and sqqueals from the kids, and parents, as we gather outside for impromptu games of football, hockey, and four square.

  363. I remember the chill of Sunday mornings, as we pulled on our tights and skirts and piled in the car for church. Then by the time we got home, it was warm. We’d throw off the dresses and grab our jean shorts and head outside. My mom could barely get us back in for dinner.

  364. 1. Age 5-Grandmother sent me shopping the night before Easter for a dress, with both visiting aunts. They each had only one boy child, and were thrilled, as was I. I fell deep.in.love with a realistic stuffed bunny but was the shy kid who rarely asked for anything. Easter Bunny brought it the next morning, and I get to be the one paying attention now :)

    2. Age 5-10-desperately wanting to be the one to find the golden egg (spray-painted Leggs stocking egg) at the church egg hunt. Didn’t care what the prize was-just wanted the gold egg.

    3. 9 years old-always fell asleep to classical on my clock radio. The station advertised an Easter basket craft contest, with baskets going to childrens’ hospital. I jumped all over that, and won in my age category-prize was a pink-and-lavender Smurfette suitcase.

    4. Early twenties-hosting Easter brunch (twice) in parks because my place was too small. Incredulous when a friend tried to stop the kids who discovered our hidden eggs. Had to wash dishes in my bathtub because there were too many for my tiny sink.

    5. mid-twenties-planning my bestie’s garden-themed bridal shower. Bought dozens of hyacinths as favors, but had to hide them in my car until the party. Best air-freshener ever!

  365. Thank you for being a good sharer.

  366. I love Stella Dot – they have the most amazing pieces!

  367. I love the red mirror! It totally goes with your chargers!!Now I have an urge to spray paint something…I have been on a major Tiffany blue streak lately.Just sprayed a whole bunch of picture frames. The print on your new table cloth I was actually plotting to put on my wall! somewhere…anywhoo…I have many,many wonderful memories of spring…Easter is a major one..Picking out the perfect pastel Easter dress and lace gloves. Making Ukrainian Pysanky eggs with my Grandmother.Spring cleaning was awesome. It always was on a Saturday and I would wake up to a house with no curtains or blinds on the open windows, music cranked,my mom dancing away and my step father out in the garage getting the boat ready for the summer ahead.I will never forget the smell of the breeze..NOW,its going to the park while the sand is still wet from the melting snow and LOVING it! Buying the perfect dress for my girl with matching lace gloves…getting stocked up on popsicle’s and freezies,bubbles and sidewalk chalk..Yippee.Cant wait!!!

  368. Thank you for sharing some spring, as I get to look out my window to more snow falling. Our single day of 60 degrees spoiled me into thinking Spring would be here soon, too, and it will just not in the same way as yours.
    My favorite spring memories:
    1. I had the lavender, wide-brimmed Easter bonnet (and “wings” because I couldn’t get my bangs to go vertically, so they feathered to the side)
    2. Last year I hunted down, and found, a bright pink bonnet for my munchkin’s second Easter. She looked like the quintessential “little old lady” = awesome
    3. Calling my grandmother for the last 10 years and singing “Easter Parade” which she would join in with me singing.
    4. Being able to run outside in shorts on Easter Sunday (in NC, not IA)
    5. Rows upon rows upon rows of azalea bushes. Pastel pink, white, fuchsia all lumped together screaming “It’s Spring!”

  369. Eating half of a Cadbury creme egg and saving the other half in the fridge, the potent smell of vinegar as we dyed Easter eggs, painting my toenails bright pink, the Dogwood Festival in my tiny college town, and a whole lot dedicated to daffodils with a big said that said “Don’t Pick”. But we always did.

  370. spring is by far….hands down THE best season. My top 5 memories of spring are…the smell, it’s warm enough to have the windows open all night and you are awakened by that spring smell and birds chirping. Second is egg hunts at my grandmas. Third, egg dyeing with my mom and brothers as a child. Fourth, that first water play of the season, when it’s just warm enough to get out the hose, or the baby pool. And last but not least having an egg hunt with my daughter last year in our backyard, and now looking forward to both my kids searching for eggs in their Sunday best!

  371. 1. Walking the dog while the snow melts
    2. all the bulbs blooming!
    3. The heat turned off and the windows open
    4. changing over sheets and clothing from flannel and wool to cotton
    5. Not having to smoosh into a seat between people in down coats on the subway.

  372. I think we share a brain sometimes. I’ve been painting and spray painting like a fiend! It’s crazy! I had taken pictures of our new flooring for a blog post and when I looked at them I thought “HOLY COW…everything is beige and brown!!! Gross!!!” And so, I started adding color. Everywhere. http://liferearranged.com/2011/02/adding-some-color/
    :)

  373. When we were young my sister and I would drag all of our old sheets outside to hang between trees and make a tent. We could seriously do that for hours. We also set up traps (boxes with a carrot and string attached) we would hide in our tent and try to catch a bunny because we wanted a pet bunny so bad………my parents said this was the only way we could have one =) ahhhh……spring!

  374. ah, spring – may fave! looking forward to toddler & big girl bare feet, open windows & tea parties outside on a blanket.

  375. I would share some memories if I had anything specific of Spring. Sad, but I can’t think of any. I live in Texas and Spring doesn’t last too long here most years, so maybe this year will be different!

    Please allow me to add I agree wholeheartedly with your very first commenter!

  376. I love spring after a long winter. The smell of vinegar when dying Easter eggs, the pastels and a new dress and hat for my girls something frilly that they will never wear again.

  377. Spring is my favorite… and summer is second.

    – Rita’s Water Ice! Sooooo good!
    – finding out we were having a BOY last year!
    – picking out an Easter dress & fighting about NOT wearing the hat!
    – first trip to the boardwalk without a jacket!
    – Opening day of Phillies baseball :)

    p.s. love your new red mirror – especially with that table cloth… so chic!

  378. -the one year I got an Easter dress and bonnet when I was little … I love looking at the picture of that serious little girl

    -spending Easter with my best friend’s family in college so I didn’t have to work. it was so fun hunting Easter eggs and getting all dressed up (my family just doesn’t get into holidays all that much … and hers does) and eating lunch with her whole extended family (who I love and adore)

    -watching all the little babies in the fields (lambs, calves, foals, etc). I adore living in farm country during the spring cause the babies are just too darn cute!

    -that first morning you wake up and you know you can pull the flip-flops out of the back of the closet and just soak in that fresh spring scent

    -watching the man who was to become my husband a short 5 months later walk into the dining hall at the camp we both worked at. that one is probably my favorite :-)

  379. New Mexico springs start late and last for about 2 weeks, but there are a few things that I love that prove that it’s finally here (it’s snowing right now, so it’s not here yet!):
    1) Blossoming trees
    2) those mornings when you can decide if you want a hot or iced coffee because a hot one will make you too hot and an iced one will make you too cold.
    3) My daughter and I putting on our Easter dresses and deciding last minute to throw our skinny jeans on under them because it’s not quite warm enough to be bare legged.
    4) When i can actually feel the sun starting to do his job again.
    5) The first BBQ of the year, or at least walking outside and smelling someone else grilling.

  380. I suppose I should have added some spring favorites to my comment/novel above:
    -driving with the windows down and the sunroof open with the windows down those first few spring days
    -when we were little my aunt used to help us color and decorate and shallow cardboard box and a heavy posterboard (cut into the arched shape of an easter basket handle). We’d then assemble our baskets and anxiously await the easter bunny’s arrivial to fill it with robins eggs, peeps, jelly beans and little tchokes. I can’t wait until my nephew is old enough to start that tradition again with him.
    -I love watching the world come alive again after a cold (brutal) winter

  381. thank you so much for sharing spring with us!! I can’t wait til it is here, I live in IL and it arrived for 3 days and then went back to the freezing cold weather! Five favorite spring memories..

    1) Going with my mom to the local kids boutique to pick out an easter dress with matching bow

    2) Family Easter egg hunts, my grandpa always joins in on the fun which made it so much more fun!

    3) Feeling the sun on my face, and running barefoot through the grass

    4) Picking flowers for my great grandma and bringing them in the house for her to put in a vase and sit in front of the window

    5) Climbing trees with my brother

  382. My favorite thing about Spring is being able to wear jeans with flip flops. My favorite.

  383. We had a sweet taste of Spring this week too. Now back to the 30’s! When I think of Spring, I remember hanging the plastic Easter eggs on the branches of our maple tree outside and new Keds. Every Spring we got white Keds which stayed white for about a week if that. Loved them!

  384. Love the mirror, it looks awesome! Yikes, you make me want to get some spray paint. Although my place would just look vandalized after I was done with it.

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  386. You’re a recovering FMer! That’s hysterical! My folks retired to GREENVILLE, IL and we’ve been overrun by FMer’s. I see you’ve come along way baby! (My grandparents are buried in SA!)

    As for spring, it speaks of baby lamb cakes resting on a bed of green tinted coconut flakes, the smell of vinegar when you dye your Easter eggs, the amazing crab apple trees and dogwoods, and of course, ALLERGIES!

    Blessings!

    Jo

  387. My five favorite things I remember from past springs…
    – Freezing our butts off at Easter Service in our new dresses!
    – Digging out all of the seersucker for the season!
    – On May Day (May 1) picking flowers to leave bouquets at the door step of our mom’s and friends moms, ringing the doorbell and running to hide while they found a sweet smelling surprise!
    – Baking fancy cookies, pies, cakes, etc.
    – My dad making beanies and weenies on Saturdays for lunch! Mom totally was disgusted, but I think that’s why we LOVED the B&W so much!

  388. I love your comments about your c.d.’s because I have empathy for you and their loss. We live in a transition neighborhood where on any given night someone may open up your car doors and rummage through your stuff only if you forget to lock them or choose not to, to avoid windows being broken. I am ok with it most of the time EXCEPT the time “they” stole all my cds. I know this sounds rediculous with technology at our fingertips, but there are some days when I just really want to pop in my cd while I’m driving and listen to my Tori Amos or DeLite or the Judds. Whenever I hear any of the songs in my old cd collection I can’t help but express my anger at the thieves who stole them b/c I know they do not appreciate them as I do/did.

    Greta just had her annual IFSP. I know I have said it before but what a difference a year makes:) She couldn’t even hold objects in her hands or hold her head off the ground for longer than 20 seconds last year. And now she is 18 months and has started walking so I too am fearful of falls. I remember Mae had a few run-ins with our radiators when she first started walking-so scary.

    Your blog is such a wonderful reminder that we are all more alike than different:)

  389. My favorite spring memory . . . my granny’s irises that she would bring to me on Sunday morning, stems wrapped in a wet paper towel to keep them fresh. Those irises still bloom to this day at her now-abandonded farmhouse. My husband proposed to me on that very porch, and we have transplanted those iris bulbs to every house we’ve ever lived in. Spreading our bit of spring sunshine everwhere where we go.

    Oh, and my husband wants to know why I was singing “The Sign” to our little man as I put him down for his morning nap!

  390. I saw the sign… It opened up my eyes, I saw the sign! Of spring!!! Ace of Base is taking me back…. And Spring is creeping in.

    Spring to me is….

    …. antsy middle schoolers with a brutal 10 school days of school before spring break!

    …..begging and pleading to please turn in your work because YES IT DOES COUNT AS A GRADE!

    ……”can we have class outside?”

    ….. 9 blissful days spent sleeping in. Spent loving my daughter all day. Spent on the floor seeing the world from her eyes. And this year, spent with my mom!!

  391. My family always drove from Michigan to great grandma’s house in Pennsylvania for Easter. I remember steep mountain roads, searching for treasures in her backyard, homemade apple pie and mayonnaise, drinking ginger ales and dressing up for church.

  392. i played softball in high school and spring always mean the start of our season, along with laying in the grass in center field before practice soaking up the warm sunshine and grassy smells. i can still smell that amazing earthy, peaceful scent today, in rainy and wintry weather :)

  393. After reading your post, I vow to have a Spring in my step today as I know, I just know, that Spring is just around the corner here on Long Island.
    1- Love the picture of Nella picking her tow.
    2- Love the picture of Lainey wearing Nella’s vest.
    3- Jelly Shoes!? were awesome! Personally I have been waiting with great anticipation for those plastic charm necklace’s to come back. Anyone remember them? I think I even had a charm of a toilet bowl!

  394. I LOVE spring! Mostly because it means that the snow and cold are over. My kids think that if it is warm enough to go with out jackets it is warm enough to run through the sprinkler! Hopefully those days will be coming soon:) Every year I look forward to my my tulips blooming and the kids picking a bouquet for me.

  395. Oh- and my Spring memory….if we were home for Spring Break vacation my father would buy me a dozen baby ducks. Luckily living on the bay we were able to keep them and tend to them properly. They would follow my dog around thinking that was there mom.

  396. 1. Buying three $1 bunny ear headbands in Target. One for each of my little, knowing they will be broken by easter.
    2. Watching the snow ment and getting so excited, and telling my children not to splash me. (that wont be happening this year down south :( )
    3. Spring break. It makes it official as we head to the beach even tho its still cold neer the water.
    4. My car covered in yellow/green pollin and washing it even tho it will be covered again in a day.
    5. Seeing green grass again.

  397. Probably my favorite spring memory is simply the one year of Easter that my older brother (I have three haha) told me that he once woke up in the middle of the night on easter vigil and ventured to the family room to see a huge harvey-sized bunny shadow. I was only about eight at the time. haha, gosh. he was always full of nonsense stories.. :)

  398. My mom hosted a huge easter egg hunt every year. One year a gospel choir came, one year a teenage mutant ninja turtle came.
    When I got a bit older I got to start helping hide the eggs, which I loved.
    A few years later when I thought I was too cool for the festivities my friends and I would hide out in my room for most of the egg hunt. The tradition died out soon after that, but remembering egg hunts from my past made taking my little girl to her first one last year that much sweeter.
    Oh and one year we went to a friends egg hunt, we walked away with two baby ducks.

  399. -waiting for the lake to melt and be warm enough for summer swims!

    -walks around the lake

    -seeing strollers out!

    -the smell of brownberry through the air! (a local bread factory)

    – the new wardrobe changes!

  400. I’m a special education major and have been following your blog for a while. I’m a first time commenter, so wish me luck!

    1. Every year for Easter, my small town has a community easter egg hunt. It was a blast when I was little and, now that I’m older, I volunteer. I can’t decide which one was more fun.
    2. Every night before Easter I would grab my Easter dress and lay it out on my bed. I would imagine the things I would get to do in my dress- find eggs, find my basket, eat my candy, etc. After I was done, I’d have mom put it back in my closet and I’d dream sweet dreams of the pastel colored dress.
    3. When my dad was still around, he, mom, my brother and I would all color Easter eggs. There were no rules– you could make them whichever color you wanted and as many colors as you wanted. I remember the most beautiful eggs– made by mom and dad of course– and the eggs that my brother and I thought would be cool to make every color… They turned out a nasty brown-ish shade. Mom and dad acted like they loved them though, so we loved them too.
    4. Homemade mashed potatoes, ham, green bean casserole, cranberries, homemade biscuits… Need I say more?
    5. I danced in high school. One year, the church I was attending decided to put on an Easter dance performance by children who went to the church. I was asked to teach them a dance and practice it so that it would be perfected by Easter. I got to teach ten little girls a dance to a beautiful song and, as I watched them dance on stage, it brought tears to my eyes. It was one of the best Easter presents ever.

  401. One of my favorite spring memories is getting ready to go to the beach to sunbathe, even though the water is a little too cold to play in. The azaleas blooming all of its pretty colors in my mom’s yard. Driving with the windows down in the car with some Dave Matthews blasting.
    This is some of my favorite memories

  402. I remember running through sprinklers, back before Florida thought to switch over to the nasty reused water, Making REAL easter eggs with my great-grandparents. Easter Mass and the annual Egg-hunts. Being proud to wear frilly little dresses and nice shoes and then never fitting into them again. God I miss that…Eh, Now I have my own daughter to do that with :). You inspire me on a daily basis.

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  404. I remember my sisters and I playing on the driveway in our bare feet, going from drawing with our chalk (well, mostly just tracing each other OVER AND OVER), to riding our bikes up and down and up and down the street until it was time for dinner. Such sweet spring memories!

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  406. I attended Berry College. The 28,000 acre campus is beautiful year-round, but especially in the spring. Spring always brings back memories of the baby deer outside of my dorm window, hills of proud, yellow daffodils, ducklings swimming around Swan Lake, and the rows and rows of blooming dogwood trees.

    Thanks for your happy spring post!!

  407. The dogwood blossoming in my parents backyard, hunting for Easter eggs, the smell of fresh tulips popping up in the garden, long days, and running outside!
    I just bought that necklace for my daughter!

  408. Sweet spring! I’ve been trying to restrain myself from digging out the spring deco but after seeing this post I’m doing it! 5 things I remember about spring…I grew up in NH so waking up to hear the birds singing for the first time thru the open window, jelly shoes (lol), dandelion bouquets, being barefoot and the first camping trip to Cape Cod. I love your blog and continue to look forward to new posts. Keep em coming!

  409. I love when the snow melts and you can smell Spring coming. I’m so ready to open my windows, blare some music and clean house.

  410. getting to run around barefoot and jacketless after a long winter!

    dying easter eggs and doing easter egg hunts.

    big family Easter get-togethers.

    watching the magic of new blooms in our yard and neighborhood.

    the spring that I got married almost 4 years ago! best one ever!

  411. My top 5 spring memories:

    1. A sunny Easter morning in southwest Washington. I was in 4th grade and the Easter Bunny delivered a sweet basket of candy, eggs the Bangles tape “Different Light.” At chocolate all morning and sat in the sun with my sis and rocked out to “Manic Monday.”

    2. My niece, Lilly, was born March 27th (4 years ago). My husband and I packed up our car with a trunk full of gifts wrapped up with letterpress paper and brightly colored wired ribbon. We arrived at my sisters home to see pastel colored balloons line the entrance of her home. . . tulips in full bloom and a new baby girl with Ds had entered the world. :)

    3. The sun shining through the windows and my husband sitting in the living room with his 6th cup of coffee that morning. I took a pregnancy test and it was POSITIVE. We cried and held each other and decided to take a long walk in the sun that afternoon. It took us over 4 years to get pregnant… best spring day, ever!

    4. Car window down, flip-flops on, heater blasting on my toes. . . David Gray blasting on the radio.

    5. Spring run outside, lawn mowers and the smell of fresh bark dust. Doesn’t get much better than that!

    Hope you’re well, Kelle.
    Kate & Henry

  412. Spring memories – annual city wide easter egg hunt, kids in hats, when it is still too cold. Bunnies. Ahh, spring come quickly to me please.

  413. We live in Phoenix now, so our season mainly tend to consist of spring and summer, with winter and fall being skipped over completely. But here are my earlier memories:
    1. growing up in northern Nevada, the rule of thumb with my mom was once the temps hit 70 it was shorts weather again. That first day it hit 70 we would all be in tanks and shorts, and usually freezing!

    2. I love the first few time that you realize the sun is up earlier, that it is no longer pitch black when you roll out of bed in the morning. It makes getting up so much easier.

    3. In college, the first few warm days always meant we headed down to Sedona for the first of many creek trips.

    4. lighting my beachy smelling lotions and candles.

    5. The first spring pedicure, there you feet make their re-entry into sandals!

    leah
    http://www.lovelifeandmommyhood.blogspot.com

  414. Oh Ace of Base!! Was hoping to hear that on your player after you said that! Oh Spring is a long ways a way for us! Its probably 10 degrees here with a wind chill of 10 below! Oh Spring! Bringing all the Easter decorations out, buying and filling lots of plastic colored eggs, buying pastel button up shirts for my boys and a cute skirt for the girl who wants nothing more then to wear tights, seeing cousins and running round in the country at Grandmas finding all the eggs and eating ham around the table with family! Guess Spring just reminds me of Easter! Cant wait! Just have to get rid of all this snow first and fight floods then spring it will be!!!!

  415. Spring memories! I laughed at your comment on the 55 degree weather meaning SPRING has sprung. In new england, that is definitely what that means!
    Going for walks in the neighborhood with forsythia blooming? The best memory. Ever.

  416. Oh how you brightened my snowy day in MN! Spring is my absolute favorite season–the season of new life! I love the sound of the water from melted snow trickling down the street and plunging down the sewer drain, the first blades of grass playing peek-a-boo from underneath the snow, the smell of lilac blooms, the first rain (oh, the smell, the sound, the feel of it-I’m in LoVe!)and going for walks with my husband with no jackets on! Thanks for your post, Kelle!

  417. 1) I was 7. I was a tomboy. But something about Easter brought out the girly-girl in me. I picked the most absolute, girly dress I could find. It was navy blue with white polka-dots and a frilly collar. I had a white, straw-ish hat with a ribbon tied around it in the same pattern as my dress. White tights and WHITE patent leather shoes. They were scuffed before we even got to church. But I loved them.

    2) Raspberry bushes in my parents yard. They obviously didn’t have raspberries yet but they were the first to show new growth. I knew that spring was on the way and summer would soon be here.

    3) My mom working in the garden. She’s a weed-pulling machine. I remember my dad would break out the lawnmower and my mom would be sitting on the garden’s edge, pulling weeds and turning the soil. Which meant soon we would be able to take bowl-fulls of sugar out and eat tomatoes dipped in sugar right off the vine.

    4) Field day at school. I looked forward to it every year. The whole school would be split into blue team and red team and we’d do a bazillion outdoor activities and at the end of the day, they would tally the points and reveal whether the blue team or the red team won. I’ve never felt more exhilarated than when my team won the day.

    5) Spring at college meant spring soccer. Whipping out the cleats that had been laid dormant for four months and feeling the cool air enter my out-of-shape lungs. Man, that seriously was the best.

  418. Thank you for that bit of spring. Living in MN I need it!

    Oh spring memories!
    1. The first one that comes to my mind, which sounds really white trashy or something, my sister and I used to throw butter knives (good lord) out in our yard to see who could get theirs to stick into the ground.
    2. Since we get a lot of snow, spring = mud. Since it means summer is coming, I love mud.
    3. One of my favortie things about spring is the change from muddy, dirty everything to lush green.
    4. This may sound crazy, but growing up we lived across the street from a lake and the 1st day it reached 77 degrees we (my dad, sis and I) would jump in the lake. I think my dad almost had a heart attack on many occasions.
    5. We were the ones on the first 40 degree day frantically trying to find our flip flops and pulling the summer clothes out of the attic.

  419. My favorite spring memories are, of course, Easter dresses. . .but also putting on my rain boots after school and going out with my sister to splash in all the puddles (we grew up in Alaska, and the melting snow would make huge puddles for weeks – so puddle-stomping and sunshine went hand in hand. no rain necessary!).

  420. 1:Spring was the time of year my Grandparents would arrive for a three week stay out on our farm. They came all the way from BC. It was magical.
    2:Spring is when the seeding would start on the farm and in the garden. As a kid it was all about the hands in the dirt “helping” plant the potatoes and the carrots in a nice straight line.
    3:srping is when easter egg hunts would take place in our own personal forest right out side our front door. Our parents would hide those tin foil wrapped eggs in the oak tree bark and branches. I was always amazed at how many colors the trees had naturally. YOu would think you saw eggs around each corner.
    4:Spring was when the trampoline would be set up again after a very long winter.
    5:Spring is when the ditch down the hill from our farm house would fill with a rushing creak and we would spend hours in gum boots aka rubber boots trying to get the water as high as possible without over flowing and soaking our socks.
    Wow that all came on so suddenly, the memories. once they started they won’t stop. Thanks for this post. I love the memories.

  421. One of my favorites, because it describes me in nutshell. We found little newborn hairless mice in our garage (and killed their mom in a mouse trap). Being an animal lover I was determined to give the little babies a life. I went into my house, got a small bowl and placed the little babies in the bowl of milk. If that wasn’t bad enough I then took the bowl and put it out in the woods. Went back a few hours later to check on my little friends and they were gone. :) Oh well!

  422. Can I just say, I have cyber hugged your beautiful girls’ smiles many times over since happening upon your blog??? My 22 month old son claps and waves “Hi!” to Lainey and Nella on my laptop screen. It really warms my heart.

    My favorite spring memory is probably one of me going outside, barefoot, in pastel colored shorts and matching floral top at about 7 years old… leaning over to drink Cold, cold water out of the outside garden hose faucet, and washing off dirt from my hands from digging for earth worms and beetles. Walking inside to my mother reading a thick, 1000-ish page novel in the living room rocker with the sun beaming on her sleeve-less shoulders through the back sliding glass door, while she shakes her head at me and asks if I’ve dug my way to China, yet…

    And now its running barefoot through the grass of my front yard with my son, as he squeals and laughs and falls down and rolls over to wait for me to tickle his belly, all in the glorious Texas sunshine…

    mmmm, how I love to drink up Spring in Texas :)

  423. Trying not to be jealous of your lovely green earrings. When I was your age, I could wear them well, but now… anything bigger than a 1 1/2 inch hoop makes me look like a hooker! Anyhow, you look lovely in them!

  424. I too, am LOVING this spring weather! As I am typing this- I am sitting on my couch looking out the window at my husband working dilgently to complete his daughter’s playhouse. It was built from scratch and made with love. My favorite spring memories come from when I was in college- we would have cook-outs and have friends over every weekend!

    BUT I am looking forward to this spring much more than springs past, because I will get to enjoy it through the eyes of my daughter! I can’t wait until the playhouse is complete so we can crawl in and enjoy “snacks”, cooking and playing!! SO EXCITED!

  425. The fact that you are rocking Ace of Base makes me love you even more haha! We just took a little adult weekend away from the kids and went to Chicago and my best friend picked us up one day from our hotel blasting Ace of Base because we love jamming out to old stuff. My favorite old school jams are Aqua…you know that Barbie Girl song! I can still remember making up gymnastics routines in my bedroom to that music….I love that spring is coming…I am so excited…last week we had a glimpse of the 50’s then bam got hit with an ice storm and more snow! Loving the new pics! Much love from Ohio!

    mommygator22.blogspot.com

  426. Love your post. I Love how eclectic Lainey’s style is….it changes every post.
    1. The time my brother and I got stuck deep in the mud and my neighbour had to pull us out with a rope.
    2.The kits my dad use to buy and we’d spend hours trying to get them up in the sky.
    3.How all the kids on the block would finally start coming out of their house to play.
    4.Picnic’s on top of eager hill with my hubby. I guess we are going to have to find a new hill here.
    5. Wearing flowy dress’s and pulling out my spring and summer cloths.

  427. 1. Listening to the frogs croak from my bedroom window (we don’t live too far from a pond).

    2. Camping in 50* weather on Spring Break as a teen at said pond. Getting in trouble the next day when my dad picked up all the beer cans.

    3. Dying beautiful Easter eggs with my girls.

    4. Planning my annual Easter egg hunt with all my friends and their kids.

    5. My birthday, March 27.

  428. I don’t want the giveaway cause i would never wear them, but I just had to say, those ear rings look great on you! love them on YOU!
    gorgeous photos, thanks for sharing spring! we woke up to a new ground covering of snow. I don’t mind so much though! but if it’s still happening in May, then I might be upset!!!
    I grew up in upper MI (now live near chicago) and I am used to the snow! one time there was snow on my nieces birthday in May (12th) and she cried cause it meant she couldn’t have her party outside LOL!
    tara

  429. Isn’t it amazing how a beautifully set table makes you want to scrub your house from top to bottom. I get it. I totally get it!

  430. MAY DAY BASKETS!!!

  431. Spring Memories:
    -New rain boots for puddle jumping
    -Buying (in the middle of winter) a light weight spring jacket
    -Crocuses, tulips and other brave flowers poking up from the muddy, sparse grass
    -the Spring Prelude at Butchart Gardens and tea in the residence on fine china
    -Playgrounds that dry up in the sun so that sliding doesn’t result in wet pants

  432. piling the kids up in the bike trailer for some much needed fresh air, watching popcicles drip down the arms of my children, tiny flower buds popping up in the yard, blowing bubbles in the yard and sidewalk chalk.. These all sound lovely as I watch the snow fall… I opened the windows a few days ago when it hit 50 degrees. Our kids (2 & 4) were bouncing off the walls. I cranked the radio up and we ran and danced thru the house. Amazing what fresh air does to children who have been “in the house all winter!” Love you – love your blog.. Enjoy your day!

  433. I LOVE Spring and the new life that comes along with it!

    1) Spring blumes (tulips, daffodils) instantly make me happy.

    2) I remember wearing a pretty rad white wicker hat to church one Easter morning when I was younger.

    3) Being the baby of 3 I forced my mom to hide eggs for MANY years. Far past the point of fun or appropriateness for my siblings.

    4) Easter Sunday “Sunrise Service” up on a garden hill here in Canada. A tradition that is never missed.

    5) Eating chocolate and then purchasing ridiculous amounts on discount after Easter.

    Thanks Kelle, love your blog!

    Heidi

  434. Spring…

    1. The smell in the air.
    2. The first day you can put the windows down while driving, even if you have to keep the heat on to balance the chill in the air.
    3. Crocus sprouts. Love the first flowers that pop up reminding you that you made it through another winter. What a reward.
    4. An extra hour, looking at the clock and seeing it’s 8:00pm and the world has finally heard you say “I just need another hour in the day”.
    5. Running around the yard, camera in hand, and that perfect light that makes our pictures come alive. Dripping with love, and making those smiles cause your heart to skip a beat when you upload the shots to the computer.

  435. As a child Spring reminds me of bubbles, hula hoops, hopscotches, new sneakers and skirts where you’d follow the sun because if you played in the shade your legs would freeze.

    As an adult who suffers from SAD Spring is my first breath of fresh air in months. It’s an open window with the curtains blowing. It’s standing outside and letting the sun warm my face for an indecently long time. It’s puddle hopping with my children and smiling at the glimpses of the pavement and grass making their debut despite the ice and snow. It’s Easter, a time of re-birth, tiny chicks and bunnies. I adore Spring.

  436. First I must thank you for your “debeigeify” stance on life. I have felt that way for 27 years and never had a name for it! Why have beige when you can have color?

    Okay, delicious, spring memories…

    1. Hunting for plastic Easter eggs with my two sisters in our night gowns and socks… and my older sister and I pretending not to see the most obvious not-even-hidden eggs so that our little sister would collect the most.

    2. …after collecting all of our eggs, cracking them open with anticipation, because each one promised a treasure of SOME sort, whether it was a chocolate egg or three pennies. I can’t even describe the thrill when you scored a one dollar bill!

    3. Each and every Friday before Spring Break… specifically middle school- high school. I took so much pleasure writing “NO HOMEWORK!” in my daily planner and attaching a few smiley faces to that freeing phrase!

    4. Brand new, whiter-than-white cotton shoes… on a lucky year with the blue label on the back, and every year with no grass stains on them yet!

    5. The first morning I can get up and drink my morning coffee OUTSIDE while hearing the birdies sing and reading my favorite section of the newspaper (no news… just comics and Miss Manners columns) as well as happily reading a stranger’s thoughts (that’s you!) and being reminded about the joys of the Small Things.

    Wow, I am in the best mood now! Yay Spring!

  437. Getting out my pink hummingbird bicycle….the only bike I ever got♥

    Lilly of the Valley growing at my grandma’s house…

    Listening to the peepers while sleeping out on the porch with my kid sis♥

    The smell of the grass

    The cries of baby chicks in a box under a heat lamp…we will be experiencing this beautiful noise next week….

    Love the PINK clogs and just so ya know….we got 10 inches of snow yesterday….can we come live with you?

  438. I am so jealous of your weather.
    My memories:
    Easter baskets and
    marshmellow peeps (which I hate)
    mulch
    the emerging of people out and walking
    the return of pinics

  439. living in MN did not lend itself well to wearing spring footwear. but I insisted and changed out of my “ugly” boots and into my new pale yellow lace shoes on my way to school. I waited until I was at the bottom of the hill – just out of my mom’s sight – I was SO proud of myself…until the only way to cross the street was to step into a 4 inch deep puddle of “MN Spring.” so much for yellow shoes…and dry feet.

    spring and fall are my favorite seasons and I’m so looking forward to making spring memories with my two little boys!

  440. Can’t WAIT for spring! As I type it is literally a blizzard outside (welcome to Utah.) We had a playhouse in our backyard that was quite literally like a real house only tiny. My general contractor dad built it. We would go outside to the play house and play “McDonalds”. One person would be inside with a variety of our favorite treats (Squeeze-its and Chips Ahoy!) and the rest of us would go to the first window and order, then walk to the second window and “pay”, then go around to the third window to pick up our food. How that kept us entertained for hours is beyond me!

  441. Love spring! It’s my faorite season (especially since I live in MN and it seems to take FOREVER to get here). It reminds me of being a kid with my April birthday, spring break and summer vacation just around the corner.

  442. Spring is the melting snow and hunting Easter eggs up in the mountains with all my cousins and wearing a very frilly dress and patent leather shoes.

  443. Every year, we have a traditional egg hunt for the kids, and a “grown up” egg hunt for the adults, where the guys hide for the ladies and vice versa. Last year, my cousin’s one year old helped the guys, since they chose the backyard to help. Yet when the ladies came out to search for eggs, she ran around, pointing out all their hiding places yelling “egg! egg!” until we came and got it, then was off to the next. I love Easter with my family!

  444. 1. Wearing our Christmas hand muffs with our smocked Easter dresses (gotta love Western PA)

    2. Beginning track season in the snow and ending in the heat

    3. The first time the windows were opened at school in months and feeling like the end of the year was just around the corner

    4. Tulips!

    5. The first time you walk down the street and the explosion of bright green on the trees shocks you into a feeling of complete happiness

  445. Top 5 Spring Things:

    5) Opening the windows for some long overdue fresh air.

    4) Robins. It is always a contest in our family to see the first one.

    3) Spring coats! Bright, colourful, light coats. Without hats and mittens. hehe

    2) Rubber boots.

    1) Fresh flowers on the trees and the gardens.

    I love Spring. I am so super excited for this long snowy winter to be over!

  446. Spring is my absolute favorite time, so I can’t wait until this snow leaves Omaha and I can see some sunshine! My top 5 spring memories:

    1. Being six years old in Texas, wearing a big frilly dress, frilly socks, little white gloves and mary janes. We would to the easter egg hunt in my Nana’s big garden and I still remember the smell of the flowers and the bright, pink plastic eggs.

    2. Twelve years old in the middle of nowhere in Iowa and spending every day with my best friend on the swings at the playground.

    3. The first Easter of my two precious little twin nephews.

    4. My fiance proposing to me in April, our birthday month, on our vacation to San Diego. On the edge of Crystal Pier at Ocean Beach. :) We’re getting married this April!

    5. My future five will be my wedding, but for now it’s sitting around my parents big patio for birthdays, get togethers and Sunday dinners every time the first wind of spring arrives.

    Love your blog! :)

  447. 1. Picking out Easter dresses was always a big one for our family. :)
    2. Dying Easter eggs and Sunday Brunch
    3. The budding of the pear tree in my parents yard.
    4. Getting to put away the winter coats in exchange for sweatshirts.
    5. Pastel M&M’s!!

  448. My favorite spring memories? My first favorite memory is strange, but I remember in elementary school we would make lions and lambs out of paper plates because of that whole “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb” line. I remember putting the cotton balls on the lamb’s body and making a construction paper mane for the lion. Loved it :) Other than that, there is nothing like walks in the park by the river on those first days of spring weather, busting out the capri pants and flip-flops, having a good old-fashioned campfire, and driving with the windows down blaring some good old pop music. God knows I love me some old school Britney Spears!

  449. It’s been so long since my first decade up North that I don’t remember much about Spring.

    Now in central Florida I have a bittersweet love affair with the Whip-poor-will birds that make their “appearance” (well sounds) at night around March/April or so. Their songs are comforting but melancholy at the same time. I first noticed them during a break up…I’m sure that’s why.

    Not sure if you have them in your neck of the woods. I don’t remember them when we lived in SoFlo but maybe I just wasn’t paying attention.

    I have to say that your blog makes me happy! =)

  450. Dude, killin me with the Ace of Base! Totally had the CD and used to blast it in my room! Love, love, love the Easter Egg hunts in the yard. Also, love, love, love the marshmallow peeps! Another serious fave of mine is when the trees start blooming – they are so pretty! It’s amazing because one minute, there are tiny little buds and the next minute, there are LEAVES and LEAVES!

  451. My 5 favorite memories of Spring are
    1. Getting a new Easter dress and shiny shoes – I remember having a white easter hat to go with my pale blue dress and white shoes. I also remember my little brother liked to wear it – Their is a picture of us on Easter and he is wearing my hat.
    2. I love the flowers that spring brings – it always reminds me that even though things may die their is always new life just around the corner.
    3. My wedding day – it was a beautiful sunny day( in Oregon – no rain!) spring in April almost 6 years ago. It was magical, the most amazing day.
    4. Last year I had fun baking cookies, dying Easter eggs and having fun with my daughter- no idea this Spring we would be welcoming a new baby!
    5. I think of getting things clean up , cleared out etc. it is something I have always done.
    Other things I love Easter candy – Mini Eggs or Cadbury creme eggs. Oh and Girl scout cookies – love the think mints and Tagalongs – oh and samoas( really can you tell I am pregnant – with a huge sweets craving.
    I know this year Spring will mean meeting our baby boy which will bring a whole new meaning to it.
    Thanks for sharing your Spring.

  452. Ahhh, Spring. I cannot wait for it.
    1. I remember my mom making the BEST Easter dresses for my sister and I to wear on Easter Sunday to chruch.
    2. My dad did, and still does, put on one HECK of a Easter egg hunt in his backyard.
    3. The smell of ham and scalloped potatoes in my grandma’s kitchen on Easter.
    4. Laying a favorite blanket out in the grass, to cover the mddy spots, and lounging with my kiddos.
    5. Spring hikes on muddy paths, searching for the earliest flowers blooming up through the leaves from last fall.

    I love how you get all glammed up to showcase your FAVORITE things. XO

  453. spring: when kids flocked out of doors for games like nicky-nicky-9-doors. and the brothers dragged the bicycle jumps onto the front road to impress each other and/or chip more teeth. enjoy it K; ours doesn’t come until APRIL here in the Kootenays, BC, Canada!

  454. Spring in Arizona is usually around 90 degrees. Easter egg hunts would take place when the sun is going down, so my 25 cousins and I would not die of heat stroke. When I think spring, I think of those evening Easter egg hunts in the park where my Grandpop would hide a $100 bill in a random egg. Somehow it was always a cousin under the age of four that found it. Not fair. But seeing my Granfathers face was priceless, every time.

  455. Happy Spring!

  456. I am so ready for SPRING!!!! I’m ready for the longer warmer days to enjoy some hikes and after work runs. I’m ready for light cardigans and pretty dresses peep toe shoes. I feel like I’ve been teased though. I’m in California and we’ve been in between storms with one crazy warm weekend that had me wanting to jump into a pool. Please weather stop teasing me and bring me some sunshine and warmth! (And the sweetpeas my husband has been protecting all winter in hopes that I’d get to pick my own flowers this spring.)

  457. Fresh lambs a-springing in the fields (and fresh on the dinner table 😉 Daffodils, hot cross buns with melted butter and the crazy lady in our church who insists on wearing her homemade bonnet covered in yellow fluffy chicks to every service.

  458. Oh little Nella, could she be more beautiful?!

    Kelle just wanted to say you inspire me to be the Mum who plays, the Mum who lets the kids be kids – thank you for that because I really needed that inspiration! (xxx!!!)

  459. that blue and red combo is my new favorite. love the mirror and your little beauties! my “spring” looks a tad different here in Iowa as I look at my snow-covered deck.

  460. Aaah, another day you inspired me to be grateful for life and its amazing wonders. Thank you!

  461. All I can think of when you talk about Easter gloves and dresses is … ITCHY!!! My mom used to make me a beautiful easter dress each year, but unfortunately it always involved lots of itchy tulle and I am pretty sure I wiggled through the whole dang service every year!
    Otherwise I love spring and seeing the earth come to life after sleeping all winter. Reminds me that every day is a new day and it is never too late to change :)

  462. Easter Sunday – my dad’s a minister so we’d have to get to church BEFORE the SUNRISE service! We’d sleep in the baby cribs (I was at least 8) until people got there, then head outside for the service. Then it was time for some Krispy Kreme donuts and getting dressed in our pretty clothes before Sunday School & Church. And the pictures – lots and lots of pictures of each family as they arrived and of all of us kids all dolled up. I miss those years!
    *Ella has the $1 Easter gloves from Target, too! They were too cute to pass up!

  463. We are having one of those days. After breakfast I turned on the radio and started some much needed cleaning. We are headed to Miami for the week to visit the in laws and I wanted our place cleaned before we left. And it is beautiful outside. The sun is shining and it’s a warm 80-something. Today, I craushing on Florida.

  464. I adore your blog. I found it through my friend, Erin Lane. I’ve been addicted ever since. My tiny is 5 months old, so it’s refreshing reading your mom stories. Here are my 5 favorite spring memories

    1. My grandparents had beautiful rose gardens, literally 100’s of roses bloomed every year. my grandmother always, always gave me the first bloom of the year.

    2. Picking out my Easter dress with my mom and heading over to Stride Rite for the perfect pair of white shoes to match.

    3. Flip flops and jelly shoes

    4. dying Easter eggs

    5. Bravely dipping into the lake during the first string of warm days.

    thank you, Kelle, for always brightening my day!

  465. The thing I love most about Spring is simply to DEFROST! Warm toes rule.

  466. I live in Bismarck, North Dakota and just came home last week from visiting California. This post is just.what.I.needed!

  467. spring- one of the best memories is when we would open up my tree house- which had been boarded up for the winter. i loved that day- spring cleaning in the trees!
    shen

  468. 1. Taking pictures in the backyard with my sister every Easter morning…always in front of the same bush
    2. Easter shoes. Still remember the pink maryjanes from when I was about 10. Was too old for them and didn’t care a bit!
    3. Spring Cleaning for sure. Mom giving the old Saltillo tile a new wax.
    4. Playing outdoors with my sister for hours knowing the time was fleeting….Arizona summers were just around the corner and determined to keep us inside.
    5. Making Rice Krispy treat nests with my 3 year old….with jelly bean ‘eggs’ of course

  469. To me as a child, Spring always meant a sleeveless dress for Easter… even though it is never warm enough in New England and you always have to put a sweater on over it.

  470. Can’t wait for spring in Michigan. Thanks for sharing!

  471. Wow! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. It was -31 here about 6 o’clock this morning in ND and is still like -20. (Yes, people really do live here.)

    Favorite Spring memory – going to the stores and seeing all the new spring colors and picking new outfits for my four girls (sorry boy – your clothes are just never very cute) and hanging outside on blankets in the warm sun. Looks a lot like your world.

    Except here, where the sun doesn’t actually feel warm until June, I will be having new Summer memories.

    Love your blog. I am always inspired! (Still really need to know where those colorful armless chairs facing the playroom came from. The fabric at least. I.Just.Must.Know. Pretty please!)

  472. Makes me feel better that I’m not the only one obsessed with spray paint 😉

  473. 1. Walking in on my brother eating the chocolate bunny out of my Easter basket, instead of his own. We still joke about it 30 years later.
    2. Playing softball in high school
    3. Spring skiing and hiking when we lived in Colorado
    4. Wearing shorts for the first time each year!
    5. Getting to get outside with my kids after a long winter
    Love, love, love your blog and love the jewelry!

  474. My favorite thing about spring will always be the feel of the days getting longer and surprise of bulbs popping up over night. There’s a crocus! There’s a daffodil! Mmmmmmm, smell the hyacinth.

    But my favorite springtime memory is playing little league softball. Something about the feeling of a spring morning still makes me want to swing a bat, catch a ball, and renew my spitting habit. Gross, I know, but it happened every year, drove my dad crazy.

    The park I played at was my city’s first zoo, built in the 1920’s. Monday morning they will begin extensive restoration of the park. Although I hate this because it won’t be the same park I grew up in, and every restoration takes it further from what it originally was, it will be better for the community, and more children will enjoy it. So I will bittersweetly be happy for my park.

  475. I love Tahnie and I follow her blog too. Fun Giveaway. Oh and I just tweeted how I think you and I are music soul mates. :) Every song on your playlist would make mine too.

  476. I just love spring! It makes me do all kinds of unreasonable things, like plan a picnic when it’s 45 degrees, get to the park and find that the ground is still soaked from melted snow. Oh well. Favorite spring memories:

    1. Easter egg hunt when I was little and my aunt hid an egg in the tail pipe of someone’s car and some little fingers pushed it way the heck in there and they started the car and it shot out like a rocket. It was awesome.

    2. My first spring at college and the cherry blossom trees that lined the campus were breathtaking. One of the times I remember being totally awed by nature.

    3. First time in flip flops every year is kind of momentous.

    4. Both of my babies’ first Easters. Picking out perfect little outfits for them to only wear one time!

    5. My Birthday is in April and this year is #30, so I am calling this one a soon-to-be favorite spring memory.

    Love those earings!

  477. My childhood friend and I had the same shoe size, so we would swap jelly shoes. I’d wear one right purple and one left pink. She’d of course wear one left purple and one right pink. It was awesome! Of course now my feet are 1.5 sizes more than this said friend and we can no longer share shoes.

  478. My Spring…
    1. Visiting the upmarket department store in the city to see the annual Floral displays that are put up for the first day of Spring.
    2. In my school days the start of Spring was associated with making cards and presents for Father’s Day.
    Where I live Spring is not until
    1st September and Father’s Day is early September.
    3.Travelling to an outdoor Flower Festival that is held each year.
    4.Dusting off the Spring wardrobe.
    5. Looking for love …Spring… new beginnings… new love!!

  479. 1. 27th surprise bday party (bittersweet bc i felt like i was turning 30!)
    2. 30th bday party at a jazz lounge (partied like it was 1999…thnx to how i felt when i turned 27)
    3. first year in DC with the blooming cherry blossoms
    4. spring 09 when my niece was at the ripe age of 7 mos (cutest age a human could ever be)
    5. anticipating this spring when my new nephew will be 3 mos (another cute age for a human to be)

  480. My 5 favorite spring memories:
    1. My first Mother’s Day 2007 with all 5 of my children sitting together for a picture (my 2 girls became a part of our “forever family” in November 2006 when adopted from Guatemala.)
    2. egg hunts in the backyard in our jammies
    3. hiking through the woods
    4. opening the windows in the house to welcome the spring breeze
    5. road trips to different destinations with music blaring and the whole family jammin’

  481. Aaagh! Ace of Base!! FLASHBACK! FLASHBACK!!

  482. 1. The yellow spring flowers that would randomly bloom in my parents back yard.

    2. Buying new easter shoes! I wasn’t allowed to wear them till easter Sunday! That drove me crazy! lol

    3. My parents getting us all ready and taking us to church on easter Sunday. One of them would get us in the car and the other would be “the easter bunny” Of course we didn’t know this! But I always wondered how he got in while we weren’t home!

    4.When we got home from church my parents making us take a picture sitting on the piano stool in front of where are easter baskets were on top of the piano!

    5. FINALLY getting to wear my easter shoes! :)

    Thanks for the great post! Jen from Ma :)

  483. Being CONVINCED those were Bunny Rabbit tracks in the muddy driveway, waking up super duper early for Sunrise Service (and pancakes!), setting traps for leprechauns, my mom and dad competing every year to see who could spot the first robin, and walking home from the bus stop, past the stinky cows, and trying to avoid getting our boots stuck in the mud.
    Can’t wait for spring!

  484. Spring.. makes me smile thinking about it :) I love the flowers blooming, planting in our veggie garden, warm sun on my skin, seeing my girls’ bare arms and legs and of course going for our annual Easter Egg Hunt :)

  485. Okay, since I’m comment #485 I doubt you’ll actually read this, but I was blown away to read that you went to Spring Arbor College!! It’s S.A.University now … and we live about 15 minutes from there!! Talk about a small world!

    I have loved your blog sooo much … keep on keeping on!!

  486. Cadbury mini eggs
    Tulips
    Easter dresses
    The hope of spring
    Playing Easter bunny

  487. Oh geez – now I really have a case of spring fever!! I love the pink skirt/shoes/bike combo! My top 5 favorite spring-y things are: 1) When the snow starts melting and makes little rivers flowing between thin sheets of ice. 2) Pink jellybeans. 3) Switching from drinking hot chocolate to iced tea in the morning. 4) Paas Easter egg kits. 5) Wearing pretty, flowery dresses. Hurry up, spring…

  488. 1. Playing in the fresh spring rain 2. Tulips! 3. cadbury cream eggs 4. Mother’s day brunch 5. The promise of summer and no school just around the corner… Bring on Spring baby!!

  489. At the end of Easter services, each child got to choose a pansy, planted in a Dixie cup, from the windowsill of our church. I spent the whole service eyeing them, figuring out which one would be mine. (And you can be sure that as soon as the service was over I fought like heck to get to my chosen one before anyone else did…) So that’s it: pansies in Dixie cups. Spring.

  490. Feeling the warmth in the air and a fluttering in my stomach similar to the feeling of falling in love.

    Taking my shoes off and running on the new grass in between snow patches.

    SUGARING! Sap just pouring out of the trees!

    Easter and the baskets my parents filled up for us…

    And last but not least…lilacs in full explosive bloom!

  491. Kelle,
    I can’t wait for spring… so done with snow.. I can’t wait to see Nella and her faces… when you show her colored eggs.
    My favorite 5 spring memories are:
    1.) watching to see crocuses pop up in the snow.
    2.) When my son was a toddler and we saw our first robin.. he said it…
    3.) Blooms and blossoms especially daffodils that I sell for the cancer society.
    4) Convincing my grandmother that I must have a pink easter dress so I could twirl and twirl…
    5.) walking barefoot for the first time… on a warm spring day.. when I was pregnant with my son.
    have a great Sunday.
    Lisa
    1 Wasabi Mommy

  492. I’m not sure how it started, but ever since highschool, my girlfriend and I call each other at the first sight of a cherry blossom tree budding and serenade each other with “Pink trees bloom in the spring! Tra la la! Tra la la!”

    And I should share that I was not allowed to listen to “secular” music growing up, so I would close my bedroom door, put my little radio on the lowest volume and listen to Alanis Morrisette’s “Jagged Little Pill” with my ear pressed against the tiny speaker. Such a rebel!

  493. Oh man, I am jealous of your spring! Still snow on the ground here… in Oregon! It’s supposed to be mild here. 5 spring memories:

    1. at 12, my mom sewed me a pink Easter dress with a drop waist and bubble skirt.
    2. my grandma always gave us peeps.
    3. Flowers. I love them, celebrate them, watch them grow.
    4. I like a good luncheon in the spring, with pretty napkins and delicate appetizers.
    5. Shopping for light & airy clothes.

    That’s it for me! We have the same dishes, by the way!
    Jill

  494. well I am more than a little jealous. Spring is my favourite season but here (New Zealand) we are heading into Autumn. Nevermind though, it’s been a long Summer and and not a kind one to New Zealand (earthquakes) so bring on Autumn and may mother nature be kinder to my fellow countrymen.

  495. Love your blog! your beautiful pictures,your lovely children and your additude to life.I would love if you visited me and left a comment to a small norwegian blog…. It would make me very happy:))))
    Love and hugs
    Tove

  496. Oh spring… we’re not to spring yet here in New England- snow expected overnight and I’m pretty sure I’ve given up on shoveling.

    I remember:
    -Wearing a skirt and tank the first possible day and freezing, but lovely that spring was finally coming.
    -Being surprised that it was light out when I woke up before work… slowly more daylight and less darkness.
    -Crocuses: watching them get larger and larger each day
    -Opening the windows and letting cool, fresh air breeze through the house.
    -Pulling out a lawn chair and sitting in the sun… soaking up the rays even if it is only 60 degrees.

  497. Love to Clean to ACE Of Base as well!!! and of course Chicago 17 :)
    We are enjoying some amazing spring weather here in Tallahassee and it has be just perfect running weather.

  498. 1. shopping for Easter outfit–still do that:)
    2.Opening the windows during the afternoons
    3. Driving with the car windows down for the first time of the yr.
    4.The Lilac Festival on Mackinaw Island!
    5.The flowers and cherries blooming downtown TC!

  499. 1. Always having multiple birthday celebrations (my brother, sister, and mother are all born in spring) which meant lots of ice cream cake from DQ
    2. Exchanging snow boots for flip-flops
    3. Fun spring dresses
    4. Planting flowers (even if they do make me sneeze)
    5. NCAA tournament time, got to love filling out those brackets

  500. easter egg hunting, finding jelly beans 8 months later around the house, playing outside with the neighbor kids, riding bikes, dying eggs

  501. Easter and Spring memories for me are a bit mixed up as Easter is in Autumn or Fall in Australia and Spring is in Oct….
    so you’re getting a bit of both :)

    1. Making my Easter Egg hat for the parade at school, usually out of a white styrofoam meat tray with ribbons and stickers galore!

    2. Sitting on the couch with Mum and my sisters fingers tightly curled around our brand new Easter baskets waiting ridiculously impaitent while Dad ‘checked to see if the Easter bunny had come’

    3. Easter weekend at the beach before it was too cold to go.

    4. Since spring in Australia is Oct. the excitement of school holidays and Christmas!

    5. The one time of year we were allowed to eat more than once piece of chocolate at a time!

  502. 1) Growing up, EVERY year we made one of those bunny cakes with the green tinted coconut grass and jelly bean eggs. Yum.

    2) I like to slurp the middle out of Cadbury Eggs.

    3) I remember my mother panicking every year because we couldn’t find the last Easter egg – mmmm, week-old hard-boiled egg.

    Fast forward a few years..

    4) Spring means Spring Break! What I’d give for a little of that college carefree spirit.

    5) Flipflops and sandals mean an excuse to get pedicures!

  503. Oh Spring….
    1) I loved shopping for Easter dresses, straw hats and purses and patent shoes.
    2) I looked forward to egg hunts and always wanted to win the prize egg.
    3) My birthday and the homemade cakes Mom made.
    4) I still love the daffodils and dogwood blooms.
    5) Shedding of BIG winter coats for wind breakers.
    I still look forward to the same thing with my four kiddos.

  504. 1. Wizard of Oz!
    2. Ridding my bike all over town and not having a care in the world!
    3. Peeps…left out on the counter to get a little dried or “crusty” if you will :)
    4. Screen Door open on Sunday afternoons listening to the kids play outside while a pot roast cooks in the oven and smell of that combined with the fresh smell of spring all topped on a biscuit oh my!
    5. Paiting my bedroom..every spring…it was my Daddy’s present to me every year, we’d go to the hardware store, and buy the paint and stuff and then we’d paint funny pictures on the wall – tic tac toe was my favorite – the crazy paint went up on March 1st and covered solid when we got the 1st showers :

  505. Sunshine, sunshine, sunshine, flowers, and more sunshine:)

  506. Still snowing tonight in michigan..thanks for sharing your spring!
    5 favorite spring memories:
    1. Marching in the Holland Tulip Festival parade (i know, i know, band dork)
    2. Planning my son’s first bday party!
    3. Picking out an Easter dress and then freezing all day because- c’mon-it’s Michigan in April. There’s was still snow on the ground
    4. A 10 mile run on a country roads after a loooong winter on the treadmill!
    5. St. Patrick’s Day in East Lansning my senior year in college. We got a random day of spring weather in March and it was glorious.

  507. Love your spring infused post and pictures!

    This weekend here in Winnipeg, Canada it’s hit a cold snap.. with temps dropping to -40C with the wind chill… I’m starting to think spring will NEVER come!!!

    What are some of my favourite spring memories? Watching the snow melt… waiting until the mud starts to appear and running through it with bare feet(even though it was freezing cold!)… and definitely predicting if it would be an ‘in-like-a-lamb’ or ‘out-like-a-loin’… that was a game my grandma and I played!

    Here’s hoping spring starts to show up soon… (well in my neck of the woods anyways, seems like it’s arrived in Florida!)

    :) Sarah

  508. I am coming to Naples for Easter, I can’t wait to see my little love walk on the beach! he just started walking at Christmas but since we live in Canada he has never walked outside yet! how sad…I can’t wait to let him walk free in Naples!

  509. i have an ugly mirror i am totally goign to paint once it gets warmer!!!! not sure about spray paint fumes in the basement…too cold to do it in the garage.

    happy spring!!

  510. Beautiful. You have me longing for warmer days than we’ve had.
    1. Tank tops 2. Bunny population explosions 3. Easter Egg hunts and meltdowns when my brother got more eggs than me 4. Waking up and the sun being out. 5. sandals even though it’s really still too cold to wear them.

  511. First I have to say- Nella’s watermelon swimsuit is just about the cutest thing ever!!!!

    Favorite spring memories from growing up…

    1. My sisters and I always pulled the tiny petals off a freshly bloomed bush, and taped them onto our fingernails so that it looked like we had fake nails. So stylish! haha

    2. Taking family walks to the closest gas station to get frozen yogurt, to celebrate that the weather was finally warm enough to actually be outside AND eat frozen yogurt at the same time!

    3. Making pastel-colored powdered sugar icing and then frosting graham crackers as an after school snack!

    4. Counting down the days until Easter where we could eat my grandma’s famous layered jello. It’s amazing- like 10 layers- each a different color…so pretty and delicious!

    5. Packing up the winter clothes and unpacking our spring clothes into our drawers! So fun to have a change of wardrobe!

  512. Favorite Spring memories:

    1. My oldest son’s birth…he was born on the 1st day of Spring in 1999.

    2. Playing kickball.

    3. In elementary school, wearing my new Members Only jacket.

    4. Spending Spring Break with my family in Palm Springs.

    5. In 2010, moving from Southern California to Denver.

  513. Five favorite spring memories:
    1.) tulips. all different colors, of course.
    2.) construction paper bunny hats.
    3.) easter grass (I know most people hate this stuff, but I secretly love it).
    4.) butterfly nets
    5.) dew on the grass
    6.) warm sunshine
    7.) pretty little easter dresses and handsome Easter Sunday suits.

    … oh wait… thats more than five.

  514. Love making meringues shaped like nests and filling them with green coconut and tiny jelly beans, love picking Easter outfits for my girlies, love the green green rolling hills in California, love the smell of narcissus and freesia, and love the fact that Spring means soon it will be Summer and time for the neighborhood pool!

  515. Those earrings are gorgeous, Kelle – I need some too! :)

  516. Easter egg hunts in the sun and the rocks (there’s never grass when you grow up in Arizona), Opening the backyard pool as a kid, going to the beach and not having to wear a coat, one glorious spring spent nannying for a little girl who lived in a huge house with honest to goodness gardens (english nobility style, you know), college years where we could finally spend free time outside learning ‘physics’ by throwing a frisbee.

  517. Have to admit that spring doesn’t really start for us until after April 15 since my husband is an accountant, AND we live in MN! But things about spring I look forward to: sunshine, fresh-cut grass, more time with our Daddy, finding matching Easter outfits for my kiddos, and, this year, a family vacation to Disney!

  518. 1. My mom deciding that since I knew the Easter Bunny truth and my sister and brother were too young to know when Easter was, she talked me into telling them Easter was Monday so we could get twice as much stuff at 50% off 😉
    2. Playing in rain puddles.
    3. Popsicles in the backyard.
    4. Always wanting a real bunny in my basket.
    5. The year all of our easter bunnies were called “all ears” and knowing my step mom was entitled to the ears of our chocolate bunnies. Luckily it was a joke!

  519. i can’t wait for my daughter’s first easter…and first easter dress :) and starting new and beautiful traditions with my new and beautiful family…sigh…spring…

  520. Can I just say that I am slightly jealous that you’re heading into spring… we thought we would be so lucky… then woke up with snow, bummer. So, 5 of my favorite spring memories,

    1. puddle jumping (growing up in Seattle, this was a daily spring activity)
    2. loading up the 60’s style motor home and hitting the road with my family to the coast, stopping to play where ever we pleased.
    3. coming home daily to new blooms in my mom’s garden, beautiful colors popping open daily was so fun to see!
    4. dying easter eggs, we did this multiple times leading up to Easter, it was something fun and cheap, and we could eat colored eggs for weeks before Easter.
    5. now that i’m an adult, spring excitement for me is heading to the nursery to pick out the starts for our garden, fresh veggies are only a couple of months away!

  521. Hands down, last Easter was my best spring ever. Our family became 5 On April 1st as our newest daughter slipped out of me and into my arms. Carly was a tiny peanut compared to her 2 older sisters and after much looking and talking by the midwives they suggested we head to the hospital. As you know a rollercoaster ride of emotions ensued as we found out Carly had 2 holes in her heart and Down syndrome. No surgery needed as yet ( ’cause she’s amazing) and she surprises us in great ways daily and watching all our girls together love one another expands my heart immensely.
    So, life is awesome in our beautiful family of five- wouldn’t have it any other way!!!
    Blessed warm springtime to you 😉

  522. Oh how I am looking forward to Spring. Putting away those winter boots, coats, hats and mittens and bringing out the rain jackets and umbrella’s. I LOVE SPRING and here is why:
    a) Easter weekend- my whole family gathers, we go to church and spend the afternoon enjoying time together
    b) Dancing in the rain- I’ll never forget my best friend and I skipping down the street, singing, barefoot with our pi’s on- a memory that will be repeated.
    c) Tulips- the rise of new life
    d) Lemonade- fresh homemade lemonade. I start making it on April 1st, and the jug is never empty until September 1st.
    e) School will be over! As a University student Spring is the sign that exams are coming, but school is ending!

    Im counting down the days till Spring…however by the snow that keeps falling it doesn’t seem to be coming anytime soon

  523. Oh, the picture of Nella sitting in the pool with the My Little Pony is KILLING me! So darn cute.

    Totally remember the excitement of picking out an Easter dress. (I never remember getting a special dress just for Christmas. Wonder why there’s that Easter tradition?)

    For me, I’d say the return of baseball season is the best part of spring. In college, I’d find a warm spot near the field and study to the ping, ping, pinging of batting practice. It was awesome.

  524. Ah, the infamous easter dress. I always got a new Gunne Sax for easter; it was such a big deal. Good times, good times.

    Happy Spring!

  525. Easter Egg Hunts, Bunny Stuffed Animals, Green Grass, Daffodils, Pretty Pastel Colors.

  526. From my childhood memories, my mom would enlist us to help her spring clean. We would have the heat off and finally be able to put the storm windowns up and screens down. I love the breeze coming in, curtains gently flowing in the breeze and the smell of a clean house!

  527. My most memorable Spring moment:

    Easter always signifies the beginning of Spring for me. When I was little I always got to pick out a new dress, and we would go to my aunt’s house for an Easter egg hunt with all of my cousins.

    Every year an adult would have to dress up in a giant bunny costume that my aunt had to play the Easter Bunny. It was like a rabbit mascot, and person inside looked through the rabbit’s mesh eyes to see.

    One year it was particularly hot, and my aunt Joan drew the short straw and had to dress up as the rabbit for the kids. After a couple of minutes outside in the giant sweaty suit she got sick of it, and just ripped the rabbit head off to reveal herself underneath.

    The events that followed can be described as an elementary school riot, as all of my cousins and I ran screaming in opposite directions, horrified to see that the Easter Bunny had been decapitated and that Aunt Joan was living inside!

    I’m laughing so hard right now writing this.

    Happy Spring!

  528. I remember when we would go out and buy the first bags of Eggs. Seeing the sun come out for first time in months. Decorating eggs with family. Cleaning out closets to look for favorite swimsuit. Wondering when I could wash my car of all the salt and grit from a MN winter.

  529. Also: “All that she wants is another baby, that’s all she wants!”

  530. My favorite childhood spring memories: picking clover for my pet rabbit…new dresses with hats…easter egg hunts…the first day of open windows…trips to the beach.

  531. Favorite Spring memories…well,
    1. Watching my dad in a new way as he takes such joy in hiding eggs in our backyard for our kids.
    2. Running around in the backyard snapping pictures as the kiddos search for said eggs.
    3. Taking the first real walk around the neighborhood since the fall.
    4. Peeps
    5. Cadbury Creme Eggs, taken from my daughter’s basket…just kidding(he says as he redistributes the other candy to hide the theft).

  532. 5 spring memories: 1. My girl, about 8 yrs old singing Shirley Temple songs in Walmart for me to buy her a pink straw hat 2. My son, 7 yrs old buying me a yellow plastic lemon juicer thingamajiggy for Mother’s day 3. Putting out Easter Eggs with clumps of snow all around the yard, in Alaska 4. Barefoot.. oh, yeah, I’ll call your barefeet and raise your 3 more sets of bare feet! 5. Loving when 30 degrees felt WARM after a harsh winter (also, in Alaska!)

  533. 1) shopping for cute Easter dresses with my grandparents and then being shy and embarrassed when the rest of the family all oohed and aahed over them
    2) searching for my basket every year–the Easter bunny would hide eggs and tons of candy individually around the house, but it was always the new and interesting place that the basket was hidden that impressed me
    3) the one year that the Easter bunny’s foot prints were left on our carpet, mysteriously smelling of baby powder
    4)every spring my 9 years in Japan with its gorgeous cherry blossoms and so many cultural ways to enjoy them
    5) a few years back when I worked at a flower shop and spring was heaven–the blooming bulbs, the lovely colors–we even had baby bunnies for customers to play with!

  534. 1. we lived in the boonies, and us kids would put on our rainboots and rain coats, then fill little glass bottles with coloured water, stick them in our pockets, and roam around in the woods pretending we were spies or secret agents.

    2. at school, we’d wait for a hot sunny day when there was still snow on the ground, then we’d grab snowballs and “paint” with them on the hot metal school doors.

    3. the smell of vinegar when colouring easter eggs (my mom would add it to the dyed water)

    4. the smell of sun-drying wet dirt, freshly born from under the snow.

    5. i’ve had two spring babies. spring means newborns :)

  535. love the red mirror!! I am constantly painting things around the house, my husband pretends it drives him nuts but deep down he thinks it’s endearing, at least that’s what I tell myself, ha!

    My favorite spring memories are:

    #1 – My daughters 2nd Easter, it was a cold, cloudy day so we hid eggs around the house for her to find.
    #2 – having picnics in the park with my friends, all our kids were around the same age so they would do tummy time on quilts while we chatted
    #3 – hiding Easter eggs with my cousins, once we hit our teens we got to hid the eggs and we were very creative!
    #4 – having a spring picnic with my husband in Europe with a beautiful castle in the background
    #5 – getting all dressed up for Easter, I still enjoy picking out a pretty spring dress each year, although the focus is now more on my daughter than myself

  536. I live in Southeast Texas so Spring is beginning to arrive in our part of the world too! Favorite Spring memories include:
    1. begging my mother to let me swim, then trying my best to convince her that my blue lips and shivering body were not evidence that I was cold
    2. turning cartwheels in the grass when I was still sure I could be a world class gymnast
    3. the spicy smell of my Dad’s perfect pot of crawfish that his little girl so generously “helped” him boil
    4. driving to Florida with a car full of best girlfriends…sharing secrets, giggling at ourselves, and looking forward to a week of freedom and sunshine
    5. dancing in the rain with my boyfriend as Rascal Flatts played “God Bless the Broken Road” and realizing I wanted to dance with this man for the rest of my life – a couple of years later we would dance to that song again on our wedding day :-)

  537. Nella is turning into such a big beautiful girl! I so love watching her grow up. :) She’s just darling.

    Unfortunately I can’t really comment about spring memories, as I did not grow up in a spring-memory-making kind of family, but I can assure you, my children will not be able to say the same thing. I promise. :)

  538. Five favorite spring memories:
    1)New bunnies from a mama we had as a pet. (We had the daddy too).
    2)Spring Cleaning, the way the house would smell like lemon for days.
    3)A new Easter dress. One for me and all my girl cousins. Complete with hat, and gloves.
    4)The deer that would come down out of the mountains with their babies to our salt licks.
    5)The days feeling warmer, so we could play outside longer.

  539. spring in chicago (well, ok, the ‘burbs-but i’m a half city gal) means one thing: sunroof OPEN, prematurely wearing flip-flps, realizing your toes need doing, and getting OUTSIDE! if it only lasts a day before more snow is dumped or we’re back down to freezing temps.

    that and baseball. spring begins opening day, with my sister and i in our seats at comiskey, rooting on our white sox! it doesn’t matter if it’s 30 degrees and we have so many layers on we look like puff n’ stuff; baseball is spring, baby.

  540. 1) the easter my mom dressed my little sister and me in hoop dresses, complete with lace gloves and old fashioned hats adorned with silk flowers. even my 80 year old great, great aunt had to stifle a giggle when we walked into her house for easter brunch.

    2)frantically searching for my baseball glove for spring’s first game of catch with the boy down the block

    3)blasting the “jesus christ superstar” soundtrack while decorating and baking for easter with my mom

    4)arguing with my mom that shorts, a tank, and flip flops were acceptable 50 degree weather attire

    5)the slightly metallic smell of cool air coming through the (lead-laden, i’m sure) window screens at my grandparents’ house

  541. We drink coffee and eat donut holes as we drive to Lake Michigan. The beach is blocked off with cheap, orange fencing and the sand is pushed into mounds. We walk on the pier as we listen to wind. The cool breeze stings our faces and we beg for summer.

  542. 1) my mom made a holiday called ‘robin’s day’ where the first two of us to see a robin would come tell her and then she’d plan a huge brunch themed around robin’s and spring. (our own version of the groundhog)
    2) my mom would sew my sister and I and herself matching Easter dresses (with pinafores!)
    3) we would use chalk to make hopscotch patterns in the road- you know, back when it was safe to play outside for hours by ourselves until the street lights came on?
    4) getting pictures taken of my two little kiddo’s each spring- and to see how they have “sprung” since last year (I wish you were taking them, this year though- but alas- you’re not accepting new clients!!!)
    5) dreaming about eating home grown tomatoes that are in my house budding getting ready to plant :)

  543. Favorite Spring Memories:
    -Shopping for Easter dresses
    -Playing in the damp clothes hanging from the clothes line
    -Tulips
    -Good thunderstorms
    -New life in gardens, flowerbeds, etc.

  544. oh my… first thing that comes to mind about spring and all things easter-ish… my husband proposing… in our back yard… on a cheap blanket that i got for free by ordering some “fancy” skin care line…one minute eating chicken salad sandwiches made from left over fried chicken… wondering why in the world we were sitting on a blanket when we were usually trampling through the woods in search of adventure… little did i know that he would take that moment to stare into my eyes (it wasn’t in a very romantical way… believe me…the boy looked like he was about to puke…)… tell me some sweet nothings… and ask me to marry him… out comes the ring… woohoo! that sure is sparkly… and the rest is history… cheap blanket… chicken salad… a ring i was so paranoid about being stolen that i wore it turned inwards… sweet spring…

  545. My grandpa always wanted me to wear a hat for Easter. I finally gave in when I was 9 (and REALLY didn’t want to!). He passed away a few months later and I was so happy I gave that to him.
    Stacy

  546. My favorite spring memory? The Easter baskets my single mom spent many hours perfecting for all four of us kiddos… every year we each had a large plastic Easter egg in our pastel multi colored baskets with a brand new bathing suit stuffed inside- loved that! I now carry that plastic egg swimsuit tradition on for my little one : )

  547. I think my 2 favorite spring memories by far were 1) the arrival of warm air fused with the amazing smell of flowers, and 2)getting to pick out the perfect Easter dress(not to mention Easter baskets and then Easter morning brunch at our church!)

  548. 1. Of course, Easter dresses, handmade by my mom for me and all my sisters. She would take measurements of child, we would go to bed and the next morning Viola! A dress was done! We also got hats and gloves when we were smaller.
    2. Breaking the ice in the pool and using yard implements to push the chunks under in hopes that it would melt quicker so we could swim. :)
    3. Tax returns- I would treat myself to one expensive outfit.
    4. My favorite bloom- lilacs!
    5. Flying kites.
    Great post Kelle!

  549. Spring memories:

    1. Sneaking Cadbury Cream Eggs with my mom, we’d end up eating so many of those things by the time Easter was over.

    2. The chain of spring’s presence in NC: crocuses, then Bradford Pear trees and dafodills–you know it’s coming.

    3. Remembering how much I hated those eyelet lace socks my mom made me wear with my Easter dress.

    4. Waking up to a hollow chocolate Easter bunny sitting at my place at the breakfast table, then going to church with my family and remembering that Easter isn’t about chocolate bunnies and eggs.

    5. Sharing these memories with my husband, and making new ones with him each year, and one day maybe I’ll subject my own daughter to those eyelet lace socks.
    :)

    Caitlin
    from black currant thoughts.

  550. My favorite spring was my daughter’s first Easter. She was 8 months old – crawling everywhere and I LOVE that I got to dress her up!!

  551. I love Spring. I should not be in Minnesota! Spring does not last long and sometimes seems like it doesn’t come at all. My top 5 is hard to choose since I love it all, but here goes!

    1) Easter hunts with my cousin that passed away about 5 years ago. My grandparents used to hide money in the eggs and hang them from the trees. We would rush to find the most money and hide out in our own little space to count it!
    2)Making rice crispy bird nests with jelly beans inside.
    3) Crocs, sandals and bare piggies.
    4) Long walks with my boys. They love being outside and the winter keeps us inside for too long!
    5)Green grass and the start of our garden. LOVE watching the new growth!

  552. xoxo,
    Bug & Ruby’s Gram

  553. 1) My wedding day April 20th 2002. Chose April because of the happy anticipation that comesthis time of year.

    2) My first wedding anniversary fell on Easter Sunday. Hosted and had champagne with all my friends and family.

    3) Positive pregnancy test came May 16th 2003 with Dear Daughter#1.

    4) Postitve pregnancy test came May 14th with Dear Daughter #2. They don’t share a birthday but they had the same due date.

    5) April 24th 2009!! Birth of my son!

    Do I have some awesome Springs or what????

  554. love this post!! thank you!

    1. butterfly catching with cousins!
    2. tulips
    3. promises of daily walks
    4. baby birds!
    5. cleaning house

  555. 1 ~ Butter Cups
    2 ~ Cadbury Creme Eggs
    3 ~ Easter Eggs Hunts (but hated the candy eggs you would hunt -did people ever eat those?)
    4 ~ Star Wars Egg Dye Kit (did this with my husband our first Easter…so fun!)
    5 ~ Family Easter Lunch (bring on the ham!)

    Happy Spring (almost for the rest of us…)
    ~CC

  556. So tell me five of your favorite past spring memories. Did you make kite collages in kindergarten or chart your In-like-a-lion and In-like-a-lamb predictions for March 1st? Did you convince your mom to buy you one of those silly broad-brimmed lavender Easter hats or shape rice crispy treats into bunnies and chicks? Do tell.

    Cadbury Eggs. Planning spring break. Coming out of hibernation and seeing that you do still have neighbors, grass and sidewalks. Putting away the clunkiest snow boots and the puffiest winter coats (leaving out the other boot and coat options for the inevitable spring snows). Seeing the daffodils and tulips poke their tiny bits of green through the muddy, cold ground and then watching them progress into full flowers that you cannot believe were waiting under all those feet of snow all winter.

  557. 1) All winter our windows would condensate and drip into the runner below where a thick black sludge would form. Spring meant my brother and I going around to all the windows of the house, mopping it up with rags and bleaching it down. Not for the faith of heart I tell you.

    2) Mowing our side field that would burst with life at the first greeting of Warmth and would get away from you if you didn’t get a jump on it.

    3) Baby rabbits. I raised rabbits to breed and Spring meant little fuzzy ears and warm soft bodies of newly hopping bunnies.

    4) Spring meant Easter and Easter meant coloring eggs. A waft of vinegar still takes me back and I can hear the sizzle of the color tablets as they were dropped into each mug to began leeching their vibrant hues.

    5) Track and Field. I ran for many years competitively and I still get those butterflies when I close me eyes to the smell of freshly cut grass and a warm and cold air pocket swirling around me. If I really listen, the buzz of the crowd is heard just beyond the breeze.

  558. Five of my favorite spring memories:

    1. We always hunt for Easter eggs at my Mamaw’s house and one year my cousin put an egg just inside the gas door on my Papaw’s truck. It ended up slipping down into the tank and he had to take the whole truck apart to fix it..well, not the whole truck, but you get my point, right?!

    2. When it rains on Easter, we always hunt eggs downstairs in the basement. Sometimes, I hope it rains because the basement is much smaller and it take less time to find them!

    3. Chilly spring morings where you have to wear a jacket, but by noon you are throwing it back in the closet because it is just beautiful outside.

    4. Walking to the movies with friends and it starts to rain on a spring evening, but we don’t start walking any faster…we enjoy the warm rain and watch the movie soaking wet!

    5. PEEPS!

  559. New beginnings, shaking off the old and dreary and the cold. Massive games of tag and hide and seek in our cold de sac with the neighborhood kids. Big family bike rides. Fresh grass stains on jeans and skinned knees. White ruffly dresses with silly matching gloves and hats. Peeps for days.

  560. Spring is here in South Carolina as well and it is amazing!

    My 5 Spring memories…
    1. Shoveling the driveway from the snowstorm a few days ago in shorts and flip flops because it was 50+ degrees for the first time in months.
    2. Peeps and Jellybeans.
    3. Easter egg hunts in my grandparents back yard.
    4. Spring break vacations.
    5. The way it seems that the trees go from bare to full of leaves overnight.

  561. Oh spring.. I love changing the comforter from fluffy white to a beautiful yellow quilt.. Easter egg hunts, and trying on church hats. OH and walking around Carytown, VA (of which you would love, if you ever make it to RIchmond). Was there yesterday although it is still jacket weather, but beautiful!! And I will be joining you on the windows down and the music up!! ahh warm weather!

  562. 1. Waiting for the daffodils to bloom
    2. Going on a spring picnic (and usually finding only soggy ground or spiky rocks to sit on)
    3. Experiencing spring in Northern Spain (and not bringing warm enough clothes)
    4. Watching new graduates celebrate the end of high school
    5. Pretending to play tennis

  563. five memories? Nope, only one. I was a baton twirler growing up. We practiced inside the school gym in the winter. It was no fun, it wasn’t big enough. Tall enough, yes, but not long enough for our parade routine. I remember spring meaning we were outside practicing. In warm layers that eventually removed with each run through. Loving the cool weather, dreading the heat/humidity coming for the real parades.

    Lovin’ Lainey wearing Nella’s old clothes. My 4 year old is constantly wearing her 2 year old sister’s too small clothes.

  564. Spring has always been my favorite time of year… coming back to life after a long, dark, cold winter. Except in Alaska it’s not called spring, it’s called “break-up”. One of my earliest spring memories is getting my first pair of “break-up boots”… yep, that’s what they’re called. Standard issue boots were plain black with the red band at the top… but my mom let me pick out my own… green with butterflies.
    Oh how I loved those boots!
    :-)
    K

  565. Easter definitely brought some of the best memories of Spring as a child for me- anxiously waiting to wear those brand new white shoes along with a new Easter dress….

    egg hunts at my grandparents’ house- racing to the forsythia bush since there was ALWAYS a yellow plastic egg hidden inside…

    Springtime also brought on the carnival at my elementary school, kicked off by a big balloon ascention… funnel cakes and spin art were my two favorites aside from the pony rides and ferris wheel.

    …the smell of freshly cut grass

    …endless days of bike riding and playing at the school playground just out my backyard

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane! :)

  566. 5 signs of spring
    1. Easter dresses and hats. 2. My dad blowing the yolks out of Easter eggs. 3. Chocolate bunnies 4. The smell of spring 5. the first spring flowers

  567. Miss the Spring, I can’t wait, still too cold in WA. Love the cupcakes, they look yummy!

  568. YAY Spring!

    1. Tulips blooming (they’re my favorite)
    2. Buying bathing suits/shoes/dresses that I won’t be able to wear for another two months but at least I can stare at them every day to give me motivation to work out! :)
    3. Going on walks in the sun… the first time the warm sun hits your face after winter is like a reawakening for me.
    4. Driving with the sunroof open
    5. Orange sherbet!

  569. My favorite memories include walking home from elementary or middle school to find the crocuses blooming in my front yard. Once those pretty little flowers had sprung up around our tree and scattered around the yard, it was time to change out the winter coat from the spring coat and start going without socks.

  570. Mmmm…Smelling spring in the air driving up to school in the morning in my moms bright yellow beetle, civvies day on the 1st September to celebrate Spring (we’re in the Southern Hemisphere), the sound of the ice-cream truck doing it’s rounds in the neighbourhood, running in sprinklers and slip slops.

  571. I love the red mirror and oh how I love spring! My favorite spring memories are my nephew being born the 2nd day of April ten years ago, the first softball game of the 2006 season, the trees outside of my office window turning green every year, running outside in shorts and a t-shirt with my sis and stopping to smell the flowers and riding around in my mom’s convertible with our hair blowing in the wind. Come on spring…I don’t think I can wait much longer!

  572. Buying a new Easter dress in colors of sherbert,ducklings in the river, bare feet again, daylight savings time, breezy days. love Spring!

  573. the sound of airplanes flying overhead (they sound different in Springtime), the sound of lawnmowers cutting grass that is coming back to life, watching the slow thickening of tree branches as little leaf buds grow and pop creating a beautiful green aura around the tree until those perfect fresh-green leaves are fully out, trees with blossoms (any kind and colour), and enjoying being outside in daylight past 5:30pm! I LOVE Spring. Thanks for sharing!
    p.s. debeigefying – new favourite word

  574. I’m a fellow Floridian. This weather has been LOVELY! I actually worked in my garden a few days last week and just mopped my floors Friday night. It feels so refreshing to have the sun, lovely weather, growing garden, clean house, and kids to snuggle!

  575. I just can’t get over how much I love your blog. :)

  576. im thinking of being 8 – 13yrs old. when everything depends on butterfly printed shorts, mud, bikes, kicking the can, and coke.
    1. water balloons that explode in your face and never got filled bc they just pop when wrapped around the outdoor faucet.
    2. first day of shorts- still probably too cold, but you do it anyway. and your legs are bright white covered in goose bumps
    3. choreographed trampoline routines to mariah carey merry christmas. ( yes. spring. i know.) where my neighbor and sister judge the routine. harshly and honestly.
    4. tomato fights. pulled off the vine and hurled across the yards. and fences. ( lots of trouble)
    5. ring and runs. as we wait for the 17 yr old boy with long hair to run to the door. and we hide behind his jeep giggling silently.

    spring fever. xoxo.

  577. love those beautiful pictures of spring. … snow is slowly melting here in northern indiana.hubby and i are making a long weekend trip down to florida next week… hoping we can tug some spring back with us :)

  578. Ahhhh…spring. When I need to convince myself to not throw everything away and up and move to somewhere warm year round, I repeat over and over “There is nothing like a spring awakening from a dormant winter.” The way the spirit rejoices with a warm breeze from the south instead of the north. So, my top five:
    1. Pushing away the last vestiges of snow to find hidden easter eggs
    2. My sister and I in our matching easter outfits.
    3. Psalm sunday in church…and bringing our palms home and having a fencing match with them.
    4. The first sign of the purple crocus my grandmother would plant every year.
    5. Peeps, Cadbury Eggs, and jellybeans on the shelves at the store.

  579. spring memory: the first melty day with ice still on the streets but a little stream running, muddy, right beside the sidewalk – the ultimate toothpick race to the bottom of the hill! sun shining, and my neon pink rainboots sqeaking even though it was still too cold to need them!

    love your blog; its pure soul candy!

  580. My birthday is March 27, so I love me some spring/birthday memories:

    1. Slumber party for 12 of my closest friends the year I turned nine.
    2. Going to the zoo with my kids.
    3. The year my friend who had battled infertility for 10 years finally had her precious baby girl.
    4. Reese’s peanut butter eggs.
    5. Getting a brand new pink glittery hula hoop. (this is a memory from this past Friday, actually. Don’t judge me.)

  581. My favorite spring memories that continue every year is going to flower festivals. At the beginning of February I look up upcoming spring flower festivals. We live in the Pacific NW, the perfect climate for growing flowers so there is a festival for nearly every kind of festival! My mom and I take my 3 (soon to be 4) year old and have taken her every year since she was born. We dress up, indulge in everything at the festival, and take pictures. It creates such a beautiful backdrop for memories!

  582. Love me some spring!!! Here’s what I remembered
    1) Easter dress shopping
    2) Being able to wear shorts for the very first time that year to school–apparently a big deal in Illinois…
    3) Start of track season and how awful competitive running really was
    4) First convertible ride of the year with high school friends
    5) High school baseball season :)

  583. One of my favorite spring memories is getting to finally wash my car. All winter it lingers and gets dustier and nastier- as soon as the weather is warm enough I get out there and hose the car down myself.

    It looks great.

    Until spring pollen settles in.

  584. Spring brings excitement within for the new life and fun that is yet to come!
    Remember wonderful mother/daughter breakfasts at our church with my sister, mom and grandma. Fancy dresses, gloves, and a bonnet with that elastic string under the chin that one of my 6 brothers would always snap & make me cry!
    Running barefoot through the yard after my dad mowed it for the first time that spring! Riding my banana seat bike all around the neighborhood! And just knowing that the end of school was getting closer and summer at the park pool was just around the corner!

    Such wonderful memories my parents made for all 8 of us! Thanks, Mom & Dad!
    And thanks, Kelle, for being so contagious on being high on life and living in the moment and being thankful for what we have in our lives!

  585. I love spring and always have! My top 5 spring memories would be successfully sneaking out of the house without any winter coats, all the candy and toys on Easter, all the colorful flowers blooming, playing with our bikes outside and taking pictures of all the morning dew!

  586. Eric – TOO funny, about your taking the Cadbury eggs from daughter’s basket! er..I mean, how you DIDNT really take them. heehee…Love those eggs too!

  587. My favorite spring memories:
    1) Taking all of the bikes out of storage (four kids).
    2) Going to the local pool and watching the staff start to clean out all of the winter junk and prep it for opening.
    3)Planning summer vacations.
    4) Our HUGE Easter celebration at church. On Easter the service would always have to be in the high school auditorium to accomodate all of the extra guests.

    5) May Day Baskets

  588. 1. Watching my Dad burn the grass on the farm so that it would grow in better and greener
    2. Just me and my Dad and Brother fishing in our aluminum boat
    3. My par 3 date with my Dad to the Masters every year until I hit college
    4. Going hiking with my family up in North Carolina
    5. The smell of Gardenias when they start blooming!

  589. It’s all about the change of weather.
    1) as a kid going to the beach all bundled up because it’s still too cold to be in swimsuits but to warm to not be at the beach
    2) spring last year was all wedding planning and that was awesome
    3) laying out with friends and falling into deep conversations
    4) falling asleep on the floor in a patch of sunshine coming in from an open window
    5) a spontaneous picnic with my hubby to the old bridge park looking across the harbour to the Charleston peninsula…which actually just happened today :)

  590. Spring is my absolutely favorite. It reminds me of new life. My favorite things are:
    1. tulips & daffodils
    2. flowering trees
    3. going on walks
    4. Easter
    5. now my most favorite thing about spring is my Nixon born April 27, 2010.

  591. We are all home sick this week, your photos helped to liven me up and go out to get some fresh air. Muster up some energy!!! :)

  592. I really don’t like to wish the time away, but spring can not come fast enough this year. Your reminder of all things spring was wonderful!

    Thinking of spring when I was little reminds me of:
    -playing outside in rubber boots
    -finally going for ice cream
    -getting a new spring dress
    -getting a new pair of shoes
    -cadbury cream eggs (I’ve never really been a fan, but they so scream spring…although now they’re available year round)

  593. 1. Easter Egg hunts in boots so I didn’t get my new white shoes dirty.
    2. Driving the 15 passenger with the trailer back to the garden to haul potted pine tress out of the garden and up to the front lawn.
    3. Hearing the lawn mower start up.
    4. Having contests with my sibling to see who could find the first crocus. I’m not sure if I ever won!
    5. Not having to wear a jacket anymore.
    6. (I can’t pick five!) Knowing Summer is just around the corner.

    I love your memories! I hope you enjoy making spring memories with your littles this year!

  594. Thanks for the hope of spring! Your kids are beautiful. Love your red mirror and pink clogs. I just bought myself a pair of cute floral sandals to give me hope. We still have several feet of snow. :-( But, I’ll hope.

    -FringeGirl

  595. ok my husband thinks I’ve become obsessed with spray painting too… Recently I spray painted my inherited Kitchen aid Plum purple from this blog post http://youcraftmeup.blogspot.com/2010/06/kitchenaid-makeover.html . Needless to say my dull beige kitchen aid is now rocking my world in a dark plum!

  596. Five…
    1. Building a Snow Bunny in the yard after church on Easter Sunday
    2. Finding the aftermath of a dog locating an Easter basket before the intended recipient
    3. Easter egg hunts outside in sideways blowing snow
    4. Staying up until the wee hours of the morning sewing my kids Easter outfits and barely getting them ironed in time for church.
    5. Our traditional eyeball and jack-o-lantern painted Easter eggs every year
    Oh, and although we rarely have a short sleeved Easter, we still dress like we do. Bring on Spring!

  597. My mom and I like to call these “SIGNS OF SPRINNNNGG!” *sang instead of spoken, of course.

    5. little green buds popping up all over on our drives to my grandparent’s house—yelling out each time we see a new one!

    4. A new easter bunny stuffed animal each year as kid from…well, the bunny of course!

    3. Painting eggs with grandma and grandpa.

    2. Climbing trees in the backyard and playing with chalk with my cousins.

    1. Going on walks with my mom.

  598. Sooo many memories to choose from….

    1. Paper plate craft in 1st grade: “In like a lion, out like a lamb.”

    2. The 1st time I ever heard of May Day and making a basket with dead Lilacs for my mom–LOL! (sorry Mom!).

    3. Going on our annual Easter hike after dinner at Grandma and Grandpa’s. Grandpa once took us up into the back woods of Dixie, Idaho. He took us to an empty shell of a cabin he once lived in!!! There were remnants of old wallpaper and it was the 1st time I’d ever picked an “Indian Paint-Brush”….what a cool memory this is for me…sigh….

    4. The photo (the one with rounded corners & now faded to golden browns) of us 4 girls dressed in our long, polyester, pastel Easter dresses and our brother in his 3-piece, baby-blue suit…hahahaha! My dad had us run toward him in slow motion as he took the picture. I am laughing a hardy belly laugh as I type this!

    5. 12 years ago….Our 1st date: May 29th, 1999. Six weeks later, we were engaged!!!

    *All these memories are evoking so much emotion. Thanks for helping me unlock them :).

    With a bit more “spring” in my step today,
    Kelly

    p.s. those earrings are GOR-GEE-OSO! (I like to pretend I speak a foreign language :) and robin’s egg blue and red are my favorite colors in the whole wide world :)

  599. to me Easter is spring, i remember as a child loving it and as a mother loving it for my kids. chocolate, marshmallow bunnies, baskets, dresses, new suede bucks for my son and tulips and daffodils blooming!!
    i live in hawaii so it’s pretty much spring all year round but i miss the tulips and daffodils!!

  600. Lilacs are my favorite part of spring. Every time I smell them, I hear my mom’s voice reminding me that they were my great grandma’s favorite flower.

    It’s not springy yet here in Iowa, but it’s just under the snow… you can tell. The crocus are working up their gumption to burst up and out. :)

  601. You go ahead and rock the bubblegum out of those clogs, girl! #1- the first ride in the car with the windows down, #2- watching the clock get later as it stays light outside a tad longer each day, #3- neighborhood freeze tag or whiffle ball (my dad being the only adult in the group), #4- searching for that perfect I’m-gonna-be-a-supermodel dress for the spring dance, and #5- the smell of lilacs and lilies at the front of church on Easter.

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  603. We are loving the nice weather in our neck of the woods too. I’m a new visitor and I like what i see :)

  604. nella is simply a little ball of cuteness with her my little pony 😉

    spring time for me is when i can start my early commute to work with my windows down and smell the bread factory just off the on-ramp to the interstate. it smells like sweet, buttery heaven. words give it no justice.

  605. I love the Spring things I remember: Matching Easter dresses (I have three sisters, so 4 girls), picking all the dandelions in the yard with our fiends for our parents, then got rewarded to a “Little Miss Dress-Up” shop for a tea party, otter pops, jelly beans, and melting snow (lived in Alaska)!

  606. I grew up in MI too, although I live in CO now. My favorite spring memories: 1. Our annual Easter vacation pilgrimage to Florida (and not having to cover up my Easter dress with a big coat. 2. The first warm spring rain and the slightly iron-tinged smell of it through my window screen. 3. Finding robin eggs that had been pushed out of the next after the baby birds hatched. 4. When I got older, those first warm days when you could drive with the windows down and blast some music (I always preferred “Life is a Highway”). And now, my favorite spring memory is the first day it was warm enough to take my first born outside in just a onesie – seeing those fat little legs and pudgy fingers exploring the grass. I’ll get to do that this spring with our second and can’t wait to create that memory!

  607. Oh you’re lucky- to be going towards Spring. I am, unfortunatly, just finishing Summer and so the days of splashing in the pool are nearly over for a while.
    My memories of Spring include collecting shells on the beach, climbing trees and swinging on swings. We also used to use the neighbor’s pool. Spring seems the best swimming season. Not too hot, not too cold.

  608. Hmmm…spring memories. It’s my favorite season, so this’ll be hard to pick!! Here we go, in no particular order…
    ~dyeing easter eggs with my mom and brother
    ~picking out my Easter church dress (boy do I remember those white tights and patent leather shoes! :))
    ~the first day that it’s warm enough to wear tank/tops/shorts/flip flops
    ~Going to Six Flags on opening day and riding the roller coasters over and over ’cause there are no crowds
    ~the month of May — my very favorite month and the anticipation it brings of summer.

    love those earrings! Great post.

    Joanne

  609. 1. Sidewalk Chalk
    2. Bubbles
    3. Homemade popcicles
    4. Blowing dandilions
    5. Holding buttercup flowers under my chin to see if ” I like Butter”

    Love your point of view and thanks for the touch of spring….

  610. peeps, peeps, peeps, peeps and more peeps :)

  611. Hi Kelle – Love your blog! Looks like happy days your way. :)

    Some of my favorite spring memories are with my students. (I teach preschool special ed.) I love taking my kiddos on walks around our school, looking at all of the blooming flowers and trees, and watching their eyes open to the world around them.

  612. Spring…
    1. Those tiny green leaves coming up from the ground signals spring is near!
    2. Chocolate easter bunnies…always eat the ears first.
    3. Cadbury eggs…ok I am a candy lover!
    4. Remembering those awful Easter dresses my mom used to put me in…I hated them and wished I could just wear pants like my brothers. I was a tom boy and now I can’t wait to stuff my daughter into her own Easter dress.
    5. The smell of fresh air filling the house because on that first 60 degree day you think “yeh, ok I can open the windows.”

  613. My wedding anniversary, daffodils, my youngest son’s birthday, flowering trees, and afternoons on the porch!

  614. I love reading your blog. I have visited several times, but this is my first comment. Your children are beautiful. My fav memories of spring – celebrating the risen Savior and being able to play outside. I love being outside. I also love opening my windows and getting some awesome fresh air in my house.

  615. Katie. Bar. The. Door. I too had a Ford Escort Station Wagon as my first car. Midnight Blue… which happened to match my prom dress.

    Here in Louisiana, we have enjoyed the warmer weather, playing t-ball outside, drawing with chalk, and of course spray painting everything.

    Spray Paint covers a multitude of sins.

  616. spring faves for us:
    1. blowing bubbles outside without going numb.
    2. pictures in random “wild” daffodil patches
    3. flying kites
    4. breaking out the spring clothes (read: capris and sandals….hallelujah!)
    5. frequent visits to our fave ice cream joint.
    can’t freakin wait!!!

  617. My favorite spring memory was when I was 6 years old. And it is very vivid in my memory. Fresh out of the bath and in my Strawberry Shortcake pajamas, my sister and I went outside in the front yard with my mother. She was visiting with our neighbor I think. My sister and I did cartwheel after cartwheel on the soft, deliciously green grass…laughing and giggling and loving life. Every spring when the grass finally gets soft and green again, you may find me doing a cartwheel in my front yard…probably not in Strawberry Shortcake jammies though:)

  618. Oh how you make me miss Naples and it’s sunshine (was just down in your town for a vacation…can’t wait to come back for Easter in April )
    1. The eve of March 31st- every year we would drive around with our grandma and leave pranks at relatives homes for them to wake up to on April Fools
    2. McDonalds Shamrock shakes – mixed together with a chocolate shake- each year we would have a ‘April fools planning meeting’ at McDonalds with our grandma and map out our ‘tricks’ while sipping the shakes
    3. Searching for the ‘golden egg’ on Easter morning…always hoping to be the first family member to find it to win a crisp dollar bill from my grandma
    4. When the thermometer told us it was warm enough to pull out our big wheels/ bikes for the first time after a long Wisconsin winter
    5. Pulling out the ‘warm weather clothes’ bin and putting shorts and a tee on when it was about 50 degrees out …

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….love your blog and many thanks for sharing snapshots and stories from your life

  619. Hmmm, 5 of my favorite Spring memories, in no particular order:
    1. My first pair of high heels, which my mom finally bought to stop my begging, for Easter when I was about 13. They were white with black trim and bows, and wobbly though I walked in them, I thought I was SO grown up.
    2. My daugher’s first Easter, in her blue and white polka dot dress and big hairbow.
    3. My grandparents often came to visit us in the Spring for a week when I was growing up, and I have many fond memories of those visits.
    4. Playing outside with the kids after the cold wintery months have us barricaded inside – always a Spring highlight!
    5. Last but not least, my wedding day, May 1, 2005, has to be my alltime fave Spring memory. Married to the man I love outside on a gorgeous Spring day….bliss! :)

  620. I so admire your optimism and positive spirit. Thank you for always reminding me to see the beauty in the every day. Your blog is always a bright spot in my day!

  621. 1. Last spring I watched the flower garden I planted the previous spring come back to life! Amazingly beautiful in every way.
    2. Making the silly Easter Bunny cake with my mom and now with my kids.
    3. Doing the Resurrection Cookies with my kids. They still talk about it.
    4. Pretty pink toenails.
    5. I live in Augusta so of course, I have to say the Masters. Nothing quite like it.

  622. 1) Peeps, of course…need I say more?!

    2) In the small town I grew up in, we have a “Daffodil Festival” every spring to celebrate the blooming of the daffodils, there is even a Daffodil Queen, oh la la!

    3) I LOVE dressing up my swete girl (2 1/2) in beautiful Easter dresses (probably shouldnt spend that much on a dress to wear ONE time, but hey, shes only going to let me dress her but for so long!)

    4) One of my FAV past times is dying eggs. Something about it I love! The beautiful vibrant colors, the creativity, I love them!

    5) Picnics :)

  623. Oh I’m ready for some spring freshness.

  624. Easter dresses. picking flowers to make a “nest” so the Easter bunny knew where to leave my basket. the smell of fresh cut grass. getting the first swimsuit of the season. bluebonnets- I’m a Texas girl.

  625. Spring break!

  626. Spring for me means the start of highschool baseball season (my husband is coach), two Team Illini baseball teams, three select soccer teams, basketball, and two spring hockey teams. Eh. But, in the dead of winter, I promised Mother Nature I would not complain about my kids sports even once if she promised an early spring with lots of sunshine and warm weather. Keep your fingers crossed!

  627. In MN, spring is the first day you wear shorts, and really it’s still too cold, but your bare legs can’t wait to be exposed. Sadly.. we have not hit this spring moment yet!

  628. Most of my spring memories are inextricably linked with Easter: 1) I remember one year my parents left a paw print on the table in some dust, which I totally thought was from THE bunny, but were in fact from my cat :); 2) Easter meant I would get one of those awesome eggs made completely out of sugar, the ones that were completely closed off except for one viewing window revealing the inner easter scene of sugar animals; 3) My parents told me there were two easter bunnies, one that came to our house and was white, and one that came to my grandma’s house that was brown–in case we spent the night there or what have you; 4) The japanese maple in front of our house has blossoms as gorgeous as a cherry tree, when it bloomed the other day, my heart sighed; 5) I am an only child, my dad hid eggs for me well into my 20s, he started hiding them so well that I couldn’t find them, and he joked that I was an incompetent egg finder–come on, who puts an egg UNDER a plant? 😉

  629. Granny’s Easter Egg Hunts, The melted part of the Icee at the bottom that is pure sugar, daffodil’s blooming, the first thunderstorm after winter.

    Enjoy your spring! :)

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  631. Ace of Base!! That totally took me back to college days!

    Five memories of spring:

    My mom and my Mimi taking me and my sisters shopping for Easter dresses and matching hats. They made me buy a blue puff-sleeve one that had a pearl necklace attached to the dress, and my sisters and I now laugh at how much we look like little old ladies in the photo.

    Decorating Easter eggs and hiding them over and over until they crack, and often finding a lost one several days later when you realize there’s a weird smell on the front porch.

    Fresh, new fruit at the grocery store. Thank God for spring produce!!

    The birth of my first son. It was a warm and sunny day in March with baby blue skies. Perfect.

    Open windows, curtains blowing in the breeze and the sound of my boys playing outside.

  632. The movie “Steel Magnolias” (my favorite!) always reminds me of spring because of the ending. I also love when my rose bush starts blooming!

  633. 1. Totally JELLY SHOES! (thanks for reminding me!)

    2.Running/playing in the sprinkler

    3. planting marigolds with my Mom

    4. playing outside until really late (time change)

    5. Easter dresses for sure!

    Wow, i didn’t even know these were in my memory. thanks :)

  634. Well, not sure I have 5 favorite memories, but one for sure, that came EVERY spring/ Easter, was going to Mervyns or Meier & Frank(anyone else remember those stores?)with my mom and sisters to pick out our pastel colored dresses, white tights (just like you mentioned) and white glossy shoes.
    And now that I’ve got my little girl, I’ve carried on the tradition… Shopping for a pretty little dress with your Princess is the BEST!

  635. Haven’t even made it to the mountains to snowboard yet this season, but find myself yearning for Spring…

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