fun in the sun

Laying in a field of grass on a sunny Saturday

It was a gorgeous day in Ann Arbor yesterday – we took advantage of it with a bike ride in town, a game of HORSE at our neighborhood park, and ended the day with bag toss in our yard and hamburgers on the grill. So nice to enjoy the sunshine!

Hoops

by Valerie | 05.11.14 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

commence

Commencement

Congrats to all the grads celebrating commencement! And it’s so nice to see spring on campus.

Spring stroll

by Valerie | 05.11.14 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

spring spruce up

Spring planting

We spent two long days over the weekend doing lots of yard work and it felt great to tackle some of those projects! We’re trying to get grass to grow in on our lawn where it needs it (crossing my fingers it works this time), put down some new mulch and pavers for border, and planted some flowers (I’m so excited to have a peony and some lenten roses to enjoy) which I’m hoping will do well – nice to have some color in the yard for spring.

Lenten Rose

Spring planting

by Valerie | 04.28.14 | Around our home, Garden | No Comments »

Spring has sprung

Spring buds

Some springy-goodness, for your viewing pleasure… Spring appears to have finally really come to Ann Arbor; the lilacs above are almost ready to bloom in my backyard and I couldn’t be happier!

Spring buds

Spring buds

Spring buds

by Valerie | 04.25.14 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

dye

Egg Dyeing

We enjoyed a beautiful Easter Sunday – it was all sunshine, good company, great food, and egg dyeing! I hadn’t dyed eggs in a very long time and really enjoyed doing that this year. Also, this bathing bunny video had me laughing and this cat with bunny cartoon is pretty cute too.

Egg Dyeing

Egg Dyeing

by Valerie | 04.21.14 | Holidaze | No Comments »

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 »

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