SPRING!

Birds are singing, the sun is shining, babies abound…it must be Spring!! Finally! There is something that about the arrival of Spring that awakens the spirit. It’s a renewal of hope and a sign of relief that we made it through the winter- all in the same breathe. Stirrings, rustlings, an itching to get out, explore and bask in the wonders of the outdoors. There are so many things for Tiger to discover this year. So many things for Nishad to experience. I can’t wait to see Spring through their eyes! Nishad is still talking about our bountiful garden from last year. It was a highlight of our summer activities, for sure! He loves to garden, as do I. Judging from the house plant that Tiger has already had his hand in, surely he has a green thumb as well. Due to the success of my vegetable and herb garden last year, I plan on expanding and growing a few more variety of things. My “rock star” plans of the front yard and backyard are finally starting to fall into place. This March 25th, we’ll have lived here for 4 years. everything in good time. I’m pretty proud that I planted and designed the lay out for everything in the front and back with the exception of the sod. Such in life, and art…my garden shall continue to evolve.

On the first day of Spring, it snowed here in the morning. Just a grazing- enough of a joke for Mother Nature to pull on us all to remind us that there are things you can control, and other this that you can merely control your reaction to. Which is what Arun and I did from the front window. We chuckled and giggled…we knew the snow wouldn’t last for long with the temperatures approaching 40-degrees. Ha,Ha! As a matter of fact, we already were grilling.

I love the lot that our house is on. During the Spring we can see all the baby birdies, ducklings, watch the mink and the beaver in the creek and hear all the great sounds to go with it. Soon, Nishad and Arun will be chasing stray frogs from the creek. In the Summer, our yard is screened by trees which adds a wonderful element of privacy. This was something that really attracted us to this house. In the Autumn, we witness all the changing colors reflected in the creek. In the winter, it appears as powder sugar coats the trees that line the creek. Just beautiful…and I’m not a fan of winter, so that says a lot!

We bought Nishad a new big boy bike this past week! He passed his little toddler bike down to his baby brother (who is ecstatic about it!). His new bike is a construction zone bike (what other bike is there for a boy to have?!) complete with a dump truck helmet. He’s pretty proud of his bike. This Spring was the right time to make the transition too. Now over 44-inches tall, his legs needed the room to pedal.

We seem to be just clearing the woods of a nasty run in with the stomach flu. I was so happy that the boys had such a healthy winter~ and then it got them at the end. At least, to this day they haven’t had any earaches…I’ve heard some pretty awful stories about that this winter. My heart goes out to any baby that is sick. Nishad’s fever was pretty high. Thank G-d that he is now ‘back to himself’…I’ll keep him home from school as a precaution. He’ll go back on Tuesday.

We have quite the busy week ahead of us. I’m not sure I feel rested enough to dive into it! I’m coordinating a staff appreciation luncheon at Nishad’s school that I am very excited about. There are some phenomenal teachers/people at Nishad’s school. What better way to say “thank you” to those who enrich our children’s lives so much? I made flower invitations for the teachers in the color of lilac and sage. Each teacher will be take with them a little envelope of wild flower seeds to plant so they can continue to bloom during the summer and remind them of how much they are appreciated. I think it will be fun, and I’m enjoying getting to know some other parents through this adventure.

Arun also has his 16 month appointment (a month late…oops!). Ashish is taking the morning off and we’ll drop Nishad off to school, go to Arun’s appointment and then have breakfast together and hang out for a bit…just with Arun. I also have a photography booking this week that I am looking forward to! I just created the most gorgeous baby announcement for Rocco! He’s ADORABLE! I also created a promotional postcard for Chicago Makeup Professionals to be used at the Chicago Bridal EXPO. It looks pretty awesome! I think they’ll get lots of inquires. This Friday marks the last day of school for Nishad before Spring Break! We found out some wonderful news last week!! Kelly is coming to visit us on the 31st through April 3rd! We always look forward to visits from Auntie K!
The Egg Hunt is quickly approaching as well. We have set-up on the evening of the 3rd, and the hunt is on Saturday. Which, after being the chair for 3 months now (3 meetings), I think I’m finally starting to settle into the role and feel a bit more comfortable with Ronald’s Rules. It felt odd at first because I’m the first chair that had to be so ‘structured’ and on top of everything, we are now moved to the chambers. So, I really have no one before me to learn from or use as an example. I do feel support from my peers and I know that they understand. I do feel like our meetings are going well and we are getting more done. I also feel like everyone is heard now or has the opportunity to take the floor. I was pretty nervous my first couple of times! Though one side of me did want to just belt out a high note or two…haha.
Nishad actually has his best friend’s 4th birthday party to attend on Saturday, so he, Ashish and Arun won’t be at the Egg Hunt. We’ll have our own in our back yard! You can bet you’ll get pictures too!

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