Spring Life

Spring is starting to unfold.

DSC_2429.jpg

With daffodils glowing in the early morning light, and grocery stores bursting with tulips.  My shopping basket is crowded with shiny pastel eggs and too many chocolate bunnies, and the bakery is selling sweet Easter bread, shaped into braids and Easter lambs.

DSC_2545.jpg

They taste just like Sara Lee pound cake.  Delicious, although they remind me of Gussy, so we’re not yet sure whether we like eating Easter lambs….

And the morning birds are back!  This guy gets so tired watching birds from the kitchen window, he falls asleep.

DSC_2367.jpg

It is a glorious time of year, with weekends overtaken by food coloring and spray paint, Boy Scouts, baking, and designing sets for the school play.

DSC_2231.jpg

DSC_2255.jpg

Most of that is fun, but I could do without the endless debate over what clothes are okay to wear around spray paint.  “But I won’t get any paint on me!  Why can’t I just wear these pants?!”

DSC_2373

Sigh.  No, you can’t wear those pants!

thumbnail-11.jpg

The upside of kids and spray paint is someone who makes me these lovely, golden leaves.

DSC_2507

Spring also means dusting off our bicycles for Fahrrad Wien, a yearly Bike Festival in Vienna, when the city stops traffic and invites thousands of bikers to ride together around town.  There are costumes, music, unicycles and weird tandems, and 40,000 people from young to old.  This guy was passing out drinks from his Drink Bike.

IMG_4260 (1).jpg

I guess the only condition to participate is being able to keep your balance?

10006c8d-b52b-44c5-baf4-2d3367897fd7.jpg

We are fortunately in excellent command of our balance!  Jake and Eli are faster these days and want to “ride up front with their friends,” so I suppose this means there will be more pictures of Mike and me now.  And the start of a downward spiral for this blog….

Time for more pictures of the cat!

DSC_2342

IMG_4175.JPG

Spring feels overwhelming, with the sense of new starts and expectations.  Those soft, green baby leaves are just beginning their lives as Leaves.  What if I don’t wake up early enough to see the ever-earlier sunrises?  What if nobody buys those tulips, and they end up drooping in a bucket?

What if nobody likes my cupcakes?

DSC_2238.jpg

Is it a bad idea to let Eli and Jake burn things on the balcony with their magnifying glasses?  They used to do that in Africa.  “This is a good day to set things on fire.”

DSC_2670.jpg

DSC_2656

At 11 years old, the boys’ energy is growing.  Do kids change in the spring?  Do we all change in the spring?  Does God keep giving us spring, over and over again, to remind us that no matter how old we are, we are not dead yet?

DSC_2419.jpg

DSC_2324.jpg

Spring is full of grace.  The grace of a flower.  The grace of fresh blueberries on your oatmeal, or a glass of milk with too much food coloring.

DSC_2370.jpg

DSC_2332.jpg

The grace of dog-piling on the bed.  Or is that a cat-pile?

DSC_2194.jpg

Today we are packing for Spring Break, playing soccer in the courtyard, and buying new dirt for the basil plant.   We’re making burgers and melting mozzarella on the grill, and I’m feeling proud of my Hot Cross Bunnies.

DSC_2496.jpg

DSC_2484

Some other Spring details I’m holding onto:

Jake and Eli Recording a Podcast with their Friends

IMG_7134.jpg

Going to Demel for Breakfast

IMG_4180.jpg

Playing catch with Dad in the Park

DSC_2555.jpg

Eli’s Book Report Sandwich

DSC_2401.jpg

A Private Tour of Mathausen with the Embassy’s Military Officers

IMG_4263.JPG

Wine on Saturday Afternoon

DSC_2412.jpg

Dying Easter eggs with the kids next door (and hiding my glass of wine)

DSC_2577.jpg

DSC_2595.jpg

Meeting Old Friends in Lisbon

55865310_10211165364009692_3593700467726614528_n.jpg

Trying to teach Dolphin to swim.

DSC_2436 (1)

Gussy Cat!  We are always coming home and finding Gussy’s dolphin in his water bowl.  He is really smart.

Of all our life’s details right now, Gussy is the absolute best.  Thank goodness for our kitty.  Thank goodness for spring.  Maybe it isn’t about expectations, but just seeing the grace in the leaves and the tulips, and being grateful to live for what we are, today.

DSC_2425

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s