A Little Bit of Spring

Baby Maple Samaras

The weather this year has been lousy. It’s been cold for too long, with late snows and recent flooding. But yesterday was surprisingly lovely, and Alexis and I spent time outside exploring what’s growing in the yard. We examined the buds on the trees, and found these tiny maple seeds growing. Did you know that maple seeds are called samaras? I didn’t. I always called them helicopters. And probably still will, but it’s nice to know the proper name.


We looked closely at moss. There’s always so much more going on with moss when you take a good, close look.


And we smelled the flowers. The people who owned our home before us were kind enough to leave us with lots of daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths that pop up every spring to surprise us. Of course, Alexis wanted to eat all of these things, so we also talked about the importance of not eating trees and flowers. I’m don’t think we’re in agreement on this subject yet.

Today it is rainy and gloomy, which brings its own rewards. Something about a rainy day makes Alexis want to curl up for a nice, long nap… just like her mama.

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3 Responses to A Little Bit of Spring

  1. Sarah R. says:

    I always called them helicopters too! I didn’t even know they had a proper name. Very educational. 🙂

  2. nicole says:

    my hubby and i have come to love spring so much more now that we have our own house. we are total dorks and looove walking around our yard to see what new buds are showing up. 🙂 sadly though one of our favorite trees might be on it’s way out the door. is it crazy that i am attached to my plants!? ha!

    • Shannon says:

      Not crazy at all! I love plants, but don’t have much of a green thumb. I mourn every plant I accidentally kill.

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