Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring Flowers

The best thing about experiencing our first Spring in a new house is the surprise of all sorts of spring flowers blooming. First came the pink hyacinths, then the yellow daffodils, and lastly, pink and purple tulips blooming most recently. I've never had tulips, and now that I do, I think they're the definition of Spring. Once I realized how many we had coming, I was anxiously awaiting the right time to pick them and put them in a tall vase.

Unfortunately. Addy wasn't aware of my plans when she decided to pick some tulips while playing outside one day. She came bursting in excitedly holding 7 tulips with stems about 3" long. 

I wanted to be angry, but the smile on her face wouldn't let me. There are plenty of tulips left to pick with proper long stems, and I believe I made the best of things:

This now greets me at the front door, and I can't help but smile. 

It's official...I'm a Soccer Mom!

Based on previous failed attempts at organized group activities and classes for Addy, I have been reluctant to post about her latest adventure for fear of spoiling the success. However, last Friday we made it through the THIRD practice/game of a local soccer league!! A third session is the farthest we've ever made it, so I feel comfortable posting it now.

Addy has genuinely enjoyed playing. She does relatively well with following instructions, and she's not at all afraid to steal the ball away from the other team. Getting the ball in the net, however, is an area for improvement, as she is just happy to kick it not caring what direction it goes! 

When Fridays roll around, she's excited and has zero complaints about suiting up for the sport. She goes on the field with enthusiasm, and gives us a periodic thumbs up throughout the session. 

Watching her out there - participating, learning, trying, improving, smiling...this could be the most fun I've had as a mom. I hope I get to be a soccer mom next year too! But if not, I know I'll enjoy watching her participate in whatever activity she might have a desire to try.