Dear Crissy

A little fresh air

adorable baby

Before I became a parent, I didn’t feel the impact of each season as it crept or crashed in the way I do now.

These days, my entire body and soul can feel the onset of a seasonal shift, and when it comes to the warmer seasons, I actually feel a pretty strong sense of joy — euphoria even. Fresh warm air is so nice.

toddler gardening

Last weekend, Evan did some planting in my dad’s small backyard garden. Evan loves any opportunity to sink his fingers into soft dirt.

spring day

He even had his first encounter with an earthworm. I would have had a picture of him holding the worm, but he tossed it in my general direction as I was taking the shot, so my main goal was to not let a worm land in my hair. Mission accomplished!

spring day

Kara loves the fresh air too. Of course, she does that little baby thing when the wind blows, where they aren’t sure whether or not they should hold their breath.


We are still having chilly days, and cold nights. Spring is officially here, but I know that we might even see snow again, so we’re not completely out of the woods yet. I also know that summer means a new kind of misery when it gets unbearably hot, but anything beats winter.

Have you been able to enjoy some fresh air with your kids this spring?

    9 Comments on “A little fresh air”

  1. These photos are so precious!!! :) Happy Spring, Crissy!

  2. We have most definitely been getting out to enjoy the spring weather!! It has reinvigorated us, something we needed. Nights by the outdoor fire, playing catch {today even!} & just soaking in the renewal has been freaking awesome for all of us.

    I also hear ya on the seasonal impact. Before kids it was there but after kids I became aware.

  3. hahahaha, that’s so funny what you said about the baby / wind thing. It DOES seriously confuse them! =)

  4. I love Winter way better than Summer and it’s getting hot over here.

    P.S. Your kids are too cute.

  5. I am GOBSMACKED at how much your babies look alike. Attack of the (super cute) clones!

  6. I see so much of you both in Kara in the first shot. Such a beautiful family. Also, planting with papaw, d’aww

  7. I agree: Being a parent does make you appreciate a ton of things more, including warm weather.

    Love the pics. :)

  8. After a long, cold first winter in our new country, spring is FINALLY here, and it’s about 80 degrees outside. Never have I so appreciated the simple joy of sitting in the sunshine with a new baby, watching the breeze ruffle the three tufts of hair on her okay-she’s-mostly-bald head. She had a nice nap outside in the stroller today and everything just felt right with the world.

    In terms of the formal demarcation of the seasons, we had that today, too — it was the “fete du printemps” for the youngest schoolchildren (preschool and kindergarteners) today. Chaos, thy name is “preschool parade.” They shut down the main street for it, and every kid had a special crown, a homemade maraca, and a partner’s hand to hold. It was glorious.

  9. We have been enjoying it, though one day we were wearing tank tops and the same week – winter coats. I can’t wait for it to be warmer and more steady, though in New England it is unpredictable.

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