WANTED: Spring in Wisconsin

This morning I woke up to this:

April in Wisconsin

Gotta love an April snowstorm

And earlier this month, we were enjoying 90’s in Phoenix.

Phoenix Papago Park April 2018 Mama and Daddy O.

Daddy and Mama O. at Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona

I think we should have extended our trip. Yikes!

I hope your spring is nicer than ours here in Wisconsin.  Please come back soon Spring!

Forget the Weeds. Focus on the Blossoms.

I don’t know what happened this year, but the dandelions are EVERYWHERE!

dandelions Go Mama O

AHH – dandelions and clover, over and over!

I have tried in vain to up root them (see right side of the picture) to prevent further infestations, but it feels like I’m fighting a losing battle.  We will likely just break down and buy a weed killer.

Spring has been rough here in Wisconsin, as it usually is.  April was especially cold and wet. It’s been warming up lately, and then today our tree was in bloom.

spring blooms Go Mama O

Ah, Spring at last! So pretty!

This was a little reminder today to look up and enjoy the blossoms. There will always be some weeds underfoot. Spring is a sweet and short season, leading up to summer fun. Forget the weeds. Focus on what’s beautiful. Breathe it in and enjoy!

blossom close up Go Mama O.

Delicate flowers and buds.

The SLOW Transition to Spring: Hope and Despair in Pictures

A recent post called Hope and despair in pictures from A Thing About Joan truly resonated with me.  March is a crazy, unpredictable time of year in the Midwest in general and in Wisconsin specifically.  We’re used to snowstorms or a light dusting of snow (like today) or beautiful 50 degree days that we experienced just a few days ago. This leads to a lot of melting of the now ugly gray-brown snow. Long gone are the days of the first white snows that stick to trees when we are all moved to say, “But it looks so pretty.”

As a family we LOVE getting outside on these first warm-ish, above freezing days. Daddy O. and I even walked to a nearby restaurant on Friday night for a fish fry date night with two other fun couples. It was so nice! Earlier that day my kids had fun riding big wheels and bikes:

riding bikes by the snowbanks

Image of HOPE – first nice day of March 2014

An even better image of hope was the reprieve from Wisconsin Winter that Daddy O. and I enjoyed on our Kid-free Fun in Phoenix Trip.

Striking views of Chihuly exhibit and scenes of Phoenix, Arizona.

Image of Hope – SUNSHINE and Striking views of Chihuly exhibit and scenes of Phoenix, Arizona.

Images of despair from winter are probably best captured when I discovered that our indoor weather station DOES display negative temperatures, though I was a bit confused by this display:

Image of despair: looking at my weather station during the polar

Image of despair: looking at my weather station during the polar vortex

I guess I have HOPE that today is only in the 20’s, although I am bummed to be dealing with hopefully the final head cold of winter.  I decided to spare you the image of my red-Rudolph-ringed nose and wastebaskets full of tissues.

One final image of hope is a recent colorful drawing from big sister. Aren’t we all looking for rainbows and possibly our pot of gold on Saint Patrick’s Day?!

Big Sister's Rainbow drawing

Image of Hope: A Rainbow for St. Patty’s Day

Have a wonderful day! What do your images of Hope and Despair look like? Thanks for the inspiration Joan.  Link back to her awesome blog to share your posts!