Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Welcoming Spring...

After four straight days of rain and gloom, we are finally seeing some sun and warm weather again. We want to make good and sure that Spring doesn't think she is not wanted. So we have been out enjoying her, complimenting her, investigating her, and basking in her.

Most importantly, we've been looking for some concrete proof that she is here to stay. Layla refers to this as "hunting for buds." And when that girl has a mission, she does what she sets out to do!

And so we found what we were looking for...and then some!

Mmmm...I think we can go ahead and fall in love with her now. It doesn't appear that she is going anywhere!

The freshness of new life is so uplifting, is it not?

How are you welcoming Spring where you live?

I'm very excited about some fresh and exciting things coming here to this space as well in the next couple of weeks. I do very much promise to honor the prior promise I made about posting the second part of the Fostering Creativity series. However, I need a free evening to do all the typing and all of my recent evenings have been tied up filling orders for my shop liquidation. {thank you everyone who has helped me clear out my shop...there is not much left!} So that will be coming up sometime in the future, along with an artist interview and a giveaway or two. Also, a few of you have asked about how to achieve those lovely bokeh pictures from my last post so I will try to post some sort of tutorial or tips or something about that as well! But for now, we are just going to soak up some more of this sunshine and I hope you are doing the same!


{Amy} March 16, 2010 at 4:41 PM  

We were just out looking for buds this morning, too...and found some! Yay! And what a beautiful picture of you...wow!

Camilla~ Bloom March 16, 2010 at 5:30 PM  

You got me at the title Maegan. Oh such beautiful images of spring, so full of hope and promise after this dark winter..."Hunting for buds"...so cute, I am on the same mission.

barbara March 16, 2010 at 6:25 PM  

The girls and i just got back from a walk around the neighborhood and noticed my rhubarb is coming up. it will be our first year using it so i'm pretty excited to make my favorite dessert ever. :) love your beautiful pictures and that SP of you is gorgeous! i'm looking forward to what's ahead :))

Johnna Riddell March 16, 2010 at 6:43 PM  

these are wonderful! I am so glad that you and your little family are enjoying Spring. It's so beautiful out, isn't it. I am just in awe of all the buds, the light, the smell, the birds - all singing, the, well, everything. It makes me so at ease.
We went looking for the "signs" today too. I can't wait to get back to the park and for them to open the Fort Park April 1st, there are so many photos I want to take and so many spots I want to visit with the kiddos :)
It's great to be outside again!!

PS: That photo of you is Glorious!!! You look Beautiful and I love the fresh clean, springy WHITE! :) Gorgeous!

Kim Klassen March 16, 2010 at 8:09 PM  

oh maegan... love this fresh and inspiring post... and i can not wait til we see some actual signs of spring around here....
we are in the half mud, half snow stage...really grungy and very little green....

but it's much warmer... yay...

your selfie is beautiful.. love all the pics!

♥ kim

Corinne March 16, 2010 at 8:25 PM  

We were loving on the sun today big time :) finally! The rain just got us down so much... I can't even put it into words. Now we're fighting off another round of colds, but at least we can see the sun!

Jamie March 17, 2010 at 12:50 PM  

Spring looks amazing at your house!

Heidi March 17, 2010 at 2:26 PM  

oh Maegan, that last photo, with the Ball jar is gorgeous, as is the one of you!!!! we've been enjoying the warmest weather here and feel so lucky! spring is everywhere!

was eigenes March 17, 2010 at 4:35 PM  

oh, hello sun...come and stay with us!
your pictures are really awesome...all day I am looking for new flowers and buds!
xo Bine

Jade Sheldon March 17, 2010 at 6:44 PM  

I am indeed going out and enjoying all that Spring has to offer this year... although I have been a bit trapped inside as of late finishing up some final papers for my classes and some paintings for a few clients.

I can't wait for Cory's weekend off so we can hopefully take a lovely, refreshing walk and get some shots in.

Hyacynth March 17, 2010 at 10:19 PM  

When we get home from Florida, you better believe we'll be hunting for buds, too! And looking for evidence that she is, indeed, in Chicago for the long haul.

janine March 18, 2010 at 4:45 PM  

Such amazing photos - love having those signs of spring on my computer :) We're feeling the stretch in the days, kicking a rugby ball in the garden and yesterday we enjoyed a little extra green in our dress for St Patrick's day. Not to mention the inevitable early spring coughs and colds ;)