This year, we had a mild winter, and we’ve had an even better spring. The days have been sunny and warm – not too hot or too windy, though we could use a little more rain. It’s been a great season for running, regardless of the time of day I make it outside, and I always encounter lots of folks out walking their dogs, jogging or cycling.
And the wildflowers have been in full bloom, which adds a colorful dimension to the sometimes dreary desert landscape. It’s a cyclical thing, so we’ll have bright yellow flowers on the bushes one day, then the next day they’ll be gone but purple buds will have sprouted overnight. As I sit outside in the garden writing this, the pink flowers from neighboring bushes peek over our backyard wall, and our lemon tree and tomato bush are just days away from exploding in fruit, I’m sure (or at least I hope).
I’ve mentioned before that I like the advent of a new year, and I love when that energy seeps into spring. Last year at this time, I was dealing with a myriad of health issues, and some days I really struggled to keep a smile on my face for the people in my life who relied on me on a day-to-day basis, but this year – this school year and calendar year – have been markedly different.
My marked attempts to stay off social media and actively not giving a f**k (seriously, I’ve reread that blog post dozens of times and send it to people I think could also use it) have made a huge difference. As a family, we’ve slowed down (though we’re still quite busy) and our year with A2 has gone exceptionally fast but has been incredibly rewarding.
2015 has been quite the year, but it’s been a great one, and I’m thankful for some of the awesome experiences we’ve been able to have over the last couple months between our breakfasts in the garden, family dinners, runs in the sun and moments appreciating the awesome desert flowers of Las Vegas.