Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Waiting for Spring

Our winter has been very different this year. We have had many warm, sunny days with very little snow. This has left us with spring fever around here. I have opened up the windows on more than one occasion, then left them open for a bit before realizing that it still is too chilly for that. And I've been asked more than once by my kids if they can wear shorts. Still too cold for flip-flops, but plenty warm enough to spend lots of time out playing. We have hardly used our winter coats, and that alone has made life easier. It is so much less exhausting taking children out when you don't have to locate everyone's hats and mittens!

Still, it is winter, as we awoke this morning to a little bit of snow. It was such a shock, let me tell you. I guess it will be awhile before we can count on all the warmth of spring, but it is much more cheerful to embrace the winter, than wish it away. So we are staying cozy with my favorite hot chocolate, found in this post, and keeping things cheerful in our surroundings as well.

Here is our mantle in our dining area. This is also where we do school mostly. The branches were our Jesse tree during Advent. When the ornaments came off, I made some pom-poms to adorn it. The pom-poms are kind of hard to see in the photo, but they are lovely! And who doesn't appreciate the simple beauty of pine cones and winter fruit?

This wreath took me a really long time, but it was worth it. Yes, it is much better to embrace winter. Lots of beauty to be found this season.

What are you doing to enjoy the season while waiting for spring to arrive?

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