We’ve been spending SO much time outside the past few days because the sun finally came out, and it feels like spring this week!  We are officially warming up, and enjoying our last days in the woods behind our house before the poison ivy and copperheads take over. 

Gardening: I’m always motivated this time of year every year to start a garden.  For a few years I grew a successful garden planted in large tubs on our patio.  Last year was our first summer in our new house, and I spent spring break building raised garden beds and planning out my garden.  However, I discovered we don’t have enough sun in our yard because we live in the woods.  The plants grew but didn’t give us any produce; it was really disappointing.  I also planted watermelon directly in mounds on the ground without raised beds, and something dug them up.  I think it was an armadillo, but we also have squirrels, rabbits, opossums, deer, and raccoon in our yard regularly, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised.  This year I’m just giving up and turning the raised beds into sandboxes.  I think we might have enough sun on our deck to plant things in containers, but I’m really trying to have self control this year and not purchase any plants.  We’re wanting to travel some this summer, so a garden wouldn’t survive without us home anyway.

Morning workouts: Morning workouts have been my thing this month.  Every morning for the month of March, actually.  I know that’s normal for some people, but not for me.  I’m normally really inconsistent when it comes to the time of day I feel like working out.  I’m trying to be more disciplined, though. 

Yoga: For years I thought yoga was boring.  I also had trouble with the asymmetrical-ness: when the workout would spend too long on one side of the body before switching sides I would get an OCD panic that we would never get around to completing the exact same exercises and stretches on the other side of the body.  However, when weight lifting and other fast paced bodyweight workouts weren’t interesting anymore, I had to find something else.  I went months bored and frustrated last year doing the same workouts over and over; I even ended up going a few months doing almost nothing.  I think different workouts fit different seasons of our life, and what works one year might not work the next.  We have to be willing to search out something different and not give up altogether.  I started trying different things, and yoga stuck.  I realized I had never found a good yoga workout video, and found a few great ones that I really like.  I still haven’t gone to an actual class yet (I know, I need to), but I’m really enjoying my morning yoga at home for now!

Spring allergies: I can’t talk about spring without mentioning allergies.  This past week has gotten really bad.  I can’t go outside without suffering through sneezing and itchy, watery eyes.  For now, I can’t run outside, but I’m thankful it only lasts a few weeks and then I’m back to normal.  Spring is still my favorite season in the Ozarks, regardless of the allergies!

Spring break: We’re having spring break at home this year, and loving it! Sometimes it’s just nice to stay home and do home things without the rush and seriousness of regular life.  We’re taking care of all the errands that are easier with two adults (one to watch kids and the other to run the errand!)  Pete’s been running every morning; I’ve been teaching ESL classes every morning online; the kids have been playing outside every day; we’ve had family visit…and this is just the beginning of the week!  

All the sunshine we’re having is so refreshing after so many cloudy days this winter.  I’m off to enjoy another day of our spring break!  I hope you are all enjoying this first week of spring!

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