spring fun

We enjoyed some really lovely weather here last week and spent much of the day outside on Saturday with friends; brunch with friends on the patio in Kerrytown on Saturday morning was the perfect way to start our day. It’s great to really have it feel like spring finally and see the daffodils and crocus and other bulbs blooming. I actually wore flats for the first time since last fall and didn’t even need a jacket – it may seem silly to mention this, but it was a big deal for me. Our friend Allison commented that it’s nice that you are finally seeing people again too - both because they’re spending time outdoors (enjoying the sunshine) and because they’re not covered under layers and layers of hats, scarves, parkas, etc.

Sunset at Michigan Stadium on Thursday evening was quite spectacular too!

by Valerie | 04.14.14 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

There is no “i” in “ham”…

…unless it’s the band “Haim”, in which case there is – that was my bad joke this morning, which didn’t really make much sense but that I was convinced Ryan didn’t appreciate nearly enough. Also, I think that Haim sounds a bit like Annie Lennox, don’t you?

This week officially marks the beginning of April, Ryan saw some spring bulbs beginning to come up from the ground on his morning walk with Melody, we had a nice sunny day yesterday, and today the high is nearly 60…things are looking up!

by Valerie | 03.31.14 | For Funsies | No Comments »

March Madness

I’m not really a basketball fan, but Ryan is. And since he signed me up to fill out my own bracket for a group he’s in, I suddenly find myself invested in it in a way I’ve never been before…cut to flashback of me on the couch Saturday evening yelling at the TV, at a player from the team I had not picked to win a particular game, “Stupid lady hair!” Yes, that was my insult, “stupid lady hair”. Call me old fashioned, but I don’t feel that having hair long enough that you have to wear a headband to hold it back while you run up and down the court playing basketball is a good look for a college-age male athlete (ok, ok…it may have had something to do with the fact that he was a player for the team I didn’t want to win too).

Things that make me happy:

  • When you’re eating cereal and you find a super-raisin cluster!
  • That moment with the sunlight comes streaming in your window and you feel that everything is right with the world.
  • Spring flowers, like the lovely hyacinth in a vase in our house below.
  • Thinking about what we’ll plant in our summer garden this year.
  • Winning in your group’s ESPN Tournament Challenge – come on Michigan, I believe in you!

by Valerie | 03.24.14 | For Funsies | No Comments »

Spring Equinox

Happy spring; today marks the first official day of spring for 2014 (at precisely 12:57pm EDT)! And with that in mind, check out the following:

by Valerie | 03.20.14 | For Funsies | No Comments »

Spring forward

Did you remember to set your clocks forward an hour? Another hour of daylight and warmer temperatures ahead…as Tina Fey’s character, Liz Lemon, on 30 Rock would say, “I want to go to there.” One thing I always like to do when the seasons change is switch out our bedding – goodbye red quilt (until next winter), hello white duvet cover with a brand new grass green pillow case – it somehow make it feel more official to me. The white rabbit cookie jar with golden ears and mixed tulips on our kitchen table certainly don’t hurt either. I’m already getting excited about the forsythia and lilacs that will bloom in our yard in the coming months; happy (soon to be) spring!

by Valerie | 03.09.14 | Around our home, For Funsies | No Comments »

Lovely lilacs

To my delight, our house came with two beautiful lilac bushes in the backyard – 1 white & 1 pale purple – which I’d never seen bloom until this spring as they’d already bloomed & gone before we moved in last June. I just cut some & put them in a vase in our home & they smell lovely!

by Valerie | 05.12.13 | Around our home, Garden | No Comments »

Took a walk in the rain…

by Valerie | 04.28.13 | Around town | No Comments »

Easter treats

We enjoyed a relaxing Easter – brunch with friends (which Ryan made a delicious, vegetarian frittata for), a made-with-love-by-Ryan Easter latte (he said the foam bunny on top wasn’t too good & you had to use your imagination, but I saw it & appreciated it), & some Easter candy to enjoy. I hope the Easter bunny brought you some treats & that you enjoyed the beautiful day!

by Valerie | 04.03.13 | Holidaze, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

Signs of life

It hasn’t been warm enough for our Forsythia in the yard to actually bloom yet so I treated myself to some locally-grown stems for the house; nice to have it look like spring is in full-bloom inside at least. I have been excited to see things changing outside too…slowly it feels, but changing to spring nonetheless. Our lilac bushes, among others, are forming sweet little buds which I can’t wait to see bloom!

by Valerie | 03.24.13 | Around our home, Photography | No Comments »

Spring thinking

It’s still snowing out…it is only early March, after all, so that’s not surprising. As it is now officially March, although it isn’t officially spring, we have reached the time on the calendar that we can call a spring month. I particularly love bringing spring flowers into our home this time of year when it still looks nothing like spring outside – take that, winter! For your viewing enjoyment, take a look at these lovely, pale pink tulips, Iron Cross Oxalis, & Easter candy (I can’t resist M&Ms in pastel colors & those little Cadbury mini eggs).

by Valerie | 03.02.13 | Around our home | No Comments »

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