Texas bluebonnets are more than a necessary facebook picture – they are a sign.
A sign “winter” is over. Spring plays in fast forward, until in a blink the hot 100 degree + weather of Texas summer is upon us.
It is only a matter of time.
With entry into the Era of Bike Riding and two children who love the outdoors – I have been mostly unplugged these last two months as we savor every beautiful day we can.
There was the kite festival – some logistical issues on getting there and very crowded, but a perfect day where a sea of kites held the kids in thrall.
And what kite festival isn’t complete without face painting?
There was our first ever excursion to pick strawberries on a farm – a huge hit with both kids.
And what is farm without goats…
And a horse…
There were bikes rides to eat dinner. Bikes rides to parks. Bikes hauled on the recently purchased bike rack to new parks with bike trails.
Bike riding through a mini-town.
Playing on new playgrounds.
Volcano building in the sand.
Everything is green.
Not just the plants and leaves, but everything.
Oak pollen is in season.
My reward for spending three hours outside with my children? Allergies, causing drainage similar to what I went through two months ago with cedar pollen – resulting in a nasty case of laryngitis.
I am now, once again, on the precipice of losing my voice.
I am forced indoors on days when I want to go outside and savor the beauty. I fear riding my bike will lead to complete laryngitis, only this time, my mother won’t be visiting to corral the kids.
And yes, it sucks.
But I did not let it get me down.
I snuck out Saturday night with my friend Priscilla to see The Hunger Games.
My rating: 7/10 stars. Because while entertaining, it should have been phenomenal.
If anyone wants, I could write a review of it, otherwise, there is my two cents.
It did make me reread the first book again.
Keeping me unplugged.
The few times I’ve ventured online have been in defense of my March Movie Madness #2 bracket pick – Andy Dufresne from The Shawshank Redemption.
He’s made it to the Elite Eight -a dark horse bracket breaker based on other’s predictions – and until noon on Wednesday is against Atticus Finch and my good friend Ironic Mom.
Help Andy make it to the final four.
You don’t have to feel bad for Atticus or Leanne – she won tickets to see the Oscar winner on Oprah last year – which meant she was in the same room as Colin Firth – she can die happy.
And while you’re at it, you can vote for Wesley from The Princess Bride too.
So please, go vote for the Elite Eight – especially Andy Dufresne – who brought us words to live by:
“Get busy living. Or get busy dying.”
Don’t let another lawyer frak him over.
***UPDATE*** –> Too many “friends” turned traitor and voted for Atticus (yes, Katie, I’m talking about you!), and Andy was denied entry to the Final Four. Thanks to all who did vote for him. Wesley did make it if you want to help him take it all…