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Spring

It’s officially spring, although the weather everywhere I look seems not to have gotten the memo.  The garden is popping up some spring-y looking surprises, but England generally doesn’t feel really like spring until at least late May, so it’s not quite time to put away the scarves and heavy coats yet. (Matt got overly optimistic yesterday though and, fooled by the sunshine, wore his spring coat to watch Gabe’s soccer match.  He regretted every single minute of that decision.)

We’re finishing up our second-to-last term of school here, with one more week to go until Easter break (which lasts 3.5 weeks!).  Then we’ve got one last crazy, full term of school to go until we move back to the U.S.

It’s going to fly by.

We’ve got four (!) more trips planned before we head back across the pond.  Plus this last term of school is always the busiest with sports, school plays, awards days, sports days, and other end-of-year activities.  Looking at the calendar with Matt the other night, we realized we only have a few weekends left with no plans.  It’s insane.

We’re going to Barcelona next week.  Venice for a long weekend in April.  Bruges and Amsterdam at the end of May.  And Athens for five days when school gets out in July. 

Then we’re flying home.

The Grand Adventure is coming to an end. A new one is beginning, I know, but man this chapter of our lives was exceptional. 

Until we get on that plane though, we’re ekeing out all the England we can.  Spring means cricket matches, school play practices, late sunsets and fire pits on the patio instead of in the living room, Easter break, flowers in the garden, and slightly warmer rain. It means bright yellow and green farm fields and baby lambs on every hillside.  The Queen’s birthday and a Royal Wedding this year! 

Long may it last.

Spring Tease

It was almost 60 degrees here Sunday and the respite from the damp and windy cold of an English winter was most welcome.

Matt and I have taken to going on walks on the weekends, although unlike our British neighbors who trek out rain or shine, we mostly stick with shine.  Cold we can bear, but Americans don’t embrace the rain the way the Brits do.

Yesterday, though.  So good.

We figure out a lot of our plans for the future while we’re walking.  Lots of parenting discussions and chats about selling our house and where we want to live when we move back to America in the summer and where we still want to travel before we leave Europe.  Long term plans about work and retirement and bucket list dreams get sorted out on these long walks.

This little church is just over two miles from our house.  We walk there and then turn around most days, although sometimes we keep going. 

It’s enough to get to walk and talk without distractions and phones and kids and chores, but when you get to do it on a sunny warm day at the end of January when the air smells like spring might actually be on the way, it’s just that much better.

(Spring is NOT on the way in England, but it’s nice to pretend for an afternoon.  It’s back to freezing today.)

Thinking Pink

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In reality it’s a little ways off, but all the flowers in my yard are already blooming, so I feel like Spring is almost here. 

Spring makes me happy.  And it makes me think in pink — I know Spring is supposed to be green, but for me, it’s pink.  Peony pink.

Here’s the Spring Pink picks that are making me smile today:

spring pink items

  1. Tocca Cleopatra — my favorite scented lotion, it’s a combo of grapefruit and cucumber and my daily go-to.
  2. Chantecaille Lip Chic in Heirloom — this whole line is made with rose petals and SMELLS heavenly, plus it’s a really lovely flattering pink shade.  I wear this A LOT.
  3. Joie linen blazer — pink linen.  I think that’s the definition of Spring clothing.
  4. Kate Spade Cami bag — simple and chic crossbody bag, maybe to replace my favorite bag that just broke.
  5. Suede D’orsay ballet flats — suede is still a big trend for this spring and these shoes would be cute with anything and everything.

What’s on your Spring wish list?


Also, why pink is cooler than ever this year, and a Spring-y reminder.


 

Inspirational Words

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The bad makes the good so much better.

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