The warming weather has brought about some distinct behavior changes in all of us. We are certainly gravitating toward the outdoors. Meals are taking place more and more outside, the younger ones(especially Hythe) spend lots of time in the creeks around the house hunting salamanders and crawdads. I am spending much more time in the gardens – vegetable and flower – weeding, planting, hoeing, watering. William cleaned off all the porches yesterday (and we got some new furniture to lounge on the porches – thanks Mom!) and they are now even more inviting. This long season of warmth means that we sometimes neglect the inside of the house. The table is piled with papers, projects, and leftovers from lunch. The office work piles up. Laundry accumulates on the couch before it is moved upstairs. The floors are definitely dirtier as tramping form outside to inside to outside happens frequently (and totally unconsciously of the muddy shoes). I won’t post any pictures of those things :).
Just like farm animals (picture frisking lambs, leaping goat kids, frolicking foals), the children have gotten a bit sillier since the weather has warmed. There is lots of chasing, wrestling, gymnastics, and tickling. There have been fits of uncontrollable giggling at the dinner table, which I try to be disapproving of since it does not fall in the category of good manners. But child giggles are cute and potentially contagious, so we adults succumb to it or put up with it. We know it won’t last.
I do love to see them playing with each other, laughing with each other, enjoying the spring.