Spring is Sprung!!

Finally!!  I have waited far too long to see the beginnings of spring.  From the beginning of March I was astounded to see Spring rush in with full force.  All of a sudden we were experiencing 50 degree days and no snow in sight.  It was glorious!  I have already planted spinach and lettuce in a few small garden/flower bed I cleaned out around the new house.  I have taken several days and done mostly nothing but sit in the sun and watch T. play outside.  I got a nice sunburn the very first day!  I just can’t get enough SUN!!!

So quickly the terrain around my home changed and with it brought the most gorgeous birds. I have been having such fun watching and listening to them all.

Today, the First Day of Spring, was celebrated Ostara, the Spring Equinox.  The boys woke long before dawn and let us sleep for quite some time before I finally gave in to wakefulness.  5:30am I followed the trial of bunny poo(jelly beans) downstairs to the livingroom to find the boys enjoying some candy from the baskets the Magick Hare left them and playing a board game called Isuro that I had purchased the previous day.  We played a good game and then the boys chose one of the ten Dvd’s that the Hare had left along with the baskets.  We sat and watched movies while the sun began to rise in the east.

After several hours, we set the boys outside for an egg hunt.  Mind you, after all this fabulous weather, overnight we had a huge drop in temperature and 3 inches of snow dropped from the sky to line the earth once again with white.   Freezing temperatures and camouflaged eggs dropped randomly over a two acre wooded lot, three inches of snow!  Yes, it was very evil!  They hadn’t even found the majority of them, before giving up and agreeing to look again later in warmer weather.  By then, I am sure, the squirrels would have all taken them away.  They seemed pretty busy out there as soon as we were inside.   As the boys found the eggs, they placed an offering for the birds of seed mixture.  I took a rather large bag and spread it throughout the yard.  As the temperatures grew and the snow melted away the numerous birds came out to feast.  It was such a delight to see hundreds of birds all over the yard and in the trees.

Afternoon came and went, and S. began preparing.  What, I had no idea, but he was busy for most of the day in the kitchen.  Finally, at dinner time we were pleasantly surprised with spinach ricotta meatball stuffed shells and cheese.  It was lovely.

I am really looking forward to seeing what else Spring brings us.  Happy Ostara!!

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I love Ice Cream!

On March 27th, Friday, I gave myself a present.  Afterall, I had been an obligatory “Mean Mom!!” for the past two days straight!!  I was on a rampage was more like it!  Sick to Death of the filthy room of T.!   I just couldn’t take it anymore!  I went berserk and had him clean his floor.  Yes, folks it took him two days to pick up his floor, only!!!  You don’t even want me to tell you what was on his floor.  YUCK!!!  It would have taken me about half an hour to complete this task, but I was feeling very “put out” at that thought and had him do the whole thing by himself, with only me being his “boss” the entire time.  I think he really got the feeling of exactly how it is being a slave.  Did I mention that we have been watching “Roots” over the past two weeks to cover this particular aspect of history?  It was horrible, but being stubborn and relentless as I am, it gone done.

I deserved a treat.  Yah!  I did and maybe so did the child!  😛

In all seriousness, this is our favorite ice cream place to go in New York.  It is less than five minutes from my house, which explains, partly, why it is our favorite. hehe  The name: “Humdingers”!  Opens in March till as late as they can stay open for.  This was our first trip of the year and it was worth all the effort of coming up with an excuse to go.

Root Beer Floats, Peanut Butter ice cream, cookie dough, coffee, chocolate, rocky road(not your typical one either…this one even has nerds in it..more better name garbage can…they use everything!) and so much more!  All mouth watering and creamy goodness.

And another moment for me to sit and soak in the sun!

Park Review!

Homeschooling Playgroup on Wednesday the 25th of March, was to be held at my house. Yikes! I couldn’t even fathom the idea with all the little baby chicks smelling up everything and coating all objects with a lovely layer of dust and feather. It was horrifying to say the least to have my friends in my home when it was in this shape. Luckily, the days forecast was to be stupendous! It was a perfect warm spring day! I changed the location to a local park our group had never attended before. Hider Park. It was a lovely little find and I am so glad to have found it. I am posting lots of pictures so you can see just how multi-generational this park is!! Great for the “little little’s” and the “big kids”, as well as, great for the moms! The pavilion is right next to the play area. The play area has objects for every age group. The playing fields are in great shape with out lying areas for kids to explore in. I was able to sit in the sun for the first time since early fall and soak it all in. I even came home with my first sun tan of the season!!!

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Happy Ostara!!!!

The first day of Spring!!  For us Pagan folk we celebrate the Vernal Equinox also called Ostara.

I woke this morning to find my boys following the trail of Hare Poo (jelly beans) from their rooms to the baskets found on the couch.  Each basket was brimming with all sorts of fun goodies.  T. found some personalized items in his which consisted of a coyote pendant necklace and a wooden croaking frog.  B. found a custom made leather cuff with a Celtic clasp.  They both received exploding frogs and candy covered marshmallows, both found on Etsy, btw.  Each had a cake in the shape of a frog with green frosting and much more.  Everything was fun!  We ran outside(it is very cold today) and threw poppers on the ground to help wake the earth.

After basket raiding and making our morning Ostara calls to family, we headed out side again to Hunt for eggs!  B. finished finding his 16 in record time. S. helped T. find his 16.  After exploring the sweets found in the eggs it was time to get some kind of substance in our bellies.  Off to Denny’s for breakfast. Haven’t been there in years, but it fufilled my need for them to have some kind of substance to thier breakfast without me having to cook. 😛

Now, the rest of the day is ours to make of it what we want.  We will watch “Peter Cottontail” and yesterday we watched “Nausicaa, Valley of the Wind” for our spring themed movies.  If it were warmer I would love to take a short hike and gte some outside time, but I think we will have to find alternatives for today.

We were very blessed today, in that, S. had today off from work so he could join us in celebrating the first day of Spring.   I wonder what today will bring!

You will also notice that we are all wearing the same shirt.  We purchased these colorful, most entertaining, evilish, shirts from Woot.com to celebrate this day.  LOL  The title of the shirt is, “You outta try this.”  I love the expressions of the horrified little bunnies staring at the oblivious carnivorous bunny!  Hysterical in my, I Love Gross boys, way!  LOL LOL  Too funny!!!