We survived winter. Hallelujah! We've had the most beautiful spring days this week. Complete with huge unpredictable temperature fluctuations. Looking out the window it's hard to tell if it's snowflakes or flower petals that are floating by. Let me tell you - it is WONDERFUL to realize that they're flower petals. Gwen is living in a dream world. She has hundreds of dandelions to pick (we have a lush dandelion population that would charm and astound you). The roly-polys are coming back to life. She made a home for them in cardboard box with dandelions taped all around for decoration, and leaves for furniture. She helped me weed and plant flowers for 3 hours with an attention and care that was really amazing for a 5 year old. Tess is enjoying the spring as much as we let her. She is, unfortunately, just faster than me with her reckless run and my gimpy leg and feet. She seems determined to make it to all the neighbors backyards when my back is turned. It makes for a pretty great show I'm sure - her running with her arms in the air and laughing hysterically through the cul-de-sac while I limp after her like Igor. I love all of it. And Jonas? Well it's still too cold outside for Jonas. Give it another month and we'll see him out in the world again.
Now onto the Internet!
North Korea is amazing, horrifying, tragic. This article caught my attention. To put an entire city on lockdown because of a little chalk "graffiti" is baffling. Crazy stuff over there.
Medical marijuana is an issue with a huge divide - I'm no necessarily saying that I'm for or against. But this video is amazing to see how much of a benefit it is for this woman with cerebral palsy. One of the big lessons of adulthood is that issues are always more complicated and less black-and-white then we liked to believe in our youth.
C.S. Lewis is the man. This quote is one of my new favorite ideas:
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be "cured" against one's will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.I'm not sure that our family of five would qualify as "big", but a lot of these ideas for traveling with a big family are helpful and applicable for anyone with kids.
Russell and I don't fight often, but one of the most maddening disagreements we have are about colors. Is that Gray or Brown? How is this even an issue?!?! Clearly Gray!!! We need to take this color test to see who views color more accurately. I really wanna win this one.
I've loved this Shel Silverstein poem for a long time. I think it's time to frame it somewhere in my house. Makes a convincing case for being genuine and real, a requirement for feeling true belonging.
This DIY wall hanging is so grownup and trendy it makes me want to cry for my lost childhood. BUT! I was thinking something like this done with rainbow colors would be so fun for the playroom.
Speaking of growing up this and this seem like delicious adult food.
I'm not sure why, but I woke up today with an intense desire to watch Waking Ned Devine. I love this show so much. It has a subtle humor that's somehow over-the-top in ridiculousness. Fruity soaps.
Finally - introducing the redneck bbq smoker.