We have had a beautiful winter in the Central Valley of California. There have been more days than not where it “felt” like Spring was already upon us, and I wanted to take full advantage of it when the time changed in early March.
Our families top five things to do to welcome Spring became more than five things, but there are so many lists of ten and twenty things to do, that I kept it simple. If there was only five things, what would those be?
Here’s our list, and I hope you get to make your own list and check it off like we did.
Just one windy evening after work we stepped outside and flew our kites. The one in the photo is a dollar store kite so this doesn’t have to be an expensive thing. We did realize though that we were going to have some sibling rivalry because we only own two kites. A trip to the dollar store took care of that for the next time we have a windy day.
Another after work thing for us, we made peanut butter sandwiches, had chips, chocolate milk and apple slices outside for dinner. It’s amazing how fun these seemingly small differences of just to eat outside on a blanket can bring such joy to my husband’s and my hearts….
Plant Flowers from Seeds
This visual lesson in growth can be used in so many ways. We have so many things to be grateful for and planting a flower from a seed is so rewarding. We used old plastic 2-liter bottles to plant the seedlings, and we want to replant them when they get big enough. The 8-year old read the back of the seed packet and is learning how things grow, when to plant, how and when to water, etc. The younger two (3 & 4 yrs) just enjoy watering the soil and watching it grow. The sunflower seeds were $1 plus tax. We had the soil from our garden project, and we placed a layer of rock about 2-inches thick on the bottom of the plastic “pot.”
We chose to plant two things our children happily eat – tomatoes and strawberries.
We planned a Saturday to spend to do this all day and the kids were involved from the purchase of the wood, to the compacting of the dirt. The total cost for everything was probably close to $100, but if we planted the seedlings in the ground rather than in a raised bed, it would have been much cheaper. We chose the raised bed garden so that our dog wouldn’t chew on the plants, and that the kids wouldn’t be tempted to step on them. We’re excited to get our first batch.
Our oldest was able to help immensely, and our 4-year old some, but our youngest got bored.
In order to involve the youngest, we made strawberry “rocks.” Everyone loves to paint! Painting rocks is no exception. It took us several days to paint the rocks the different colors and both sides. The “seeds” on the rocks were done by using a regular black permanent sharpie marker. We placed the dried rocks around the strawberry plants to deter birds and mark where the strawberry plants were planted.
Our fifth and final fun Spring thing was Cleaning!
Have fun Spring Cleaning!
We chose to clean up my old jewelry box shown below to the system shown above.The most fun thing about this was going through the jewelry itself. The kids hang out with me everywhere, even when I try to clean. (Note I said try! I’m still laughing on the inside.)
My daughter took some of the old necklaces, I was able to go through the earrings and toss the ones that didn’t have a pair, and everyone had a great time with me telling stories of some of the pieces of jewelry I inherited from family and that were important to me. We talked about wedding rings and thier meaning, and had an overall good time just being together. Free, meaningful fun.
There is so much more you could do. We keep telling ourselves we’re going to take an evening walk together to a fast food restaurant for dinner, but that hasn’t gotten done yet.
Enjoy it all friends! I know I am!