I am a child of winter, or so I would have myself believe in November and December.  By the time February/March rolls around and we are still facing the chances of ice and snow, I am over it.  I think this is a pretty common opinion in most parts of the East Coast.

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I am beyond ready for Spring this year, each lucky day that we get to see 60 or, gasp, even 70 degree weather means we are just one step closer to having a rational reason to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.  All the while, heavily investing in over the counter allergy meds and prescription nose sprays, (at least in my household) and never thinking for a second that they are not worth every penny.

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So, in honor of the upcoming change in seasons, here’s a list of some of the things I am most excited to enjoy once again when the weather gets warmer:

Color – I think one of the most daunting parts of late winter is the total lack of natural color we experience every day.  While underappreicated in the grand scheme of things, celebrating the colors that Spring brings back into life is a refreshing change of pace that I am looking very forward to.

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Camping – While not everyone’s favorite pastime, my husband and I have always enjoyed spending a weekend “roughing it” in the woods.  We come prepared with battery powered fans, propane stoves, and all the amnesties we can fit into our vehicle to survive two nights of sleeping in a tent.

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Neighbors and Backyard BBQ’s – Once the bears wake up from hibernation it’s on.  We can’t wait to fire up the grills, pop open some frosty adult beverages, and see our not so distant friends once again.  While we do have a few chances to hang with our amazing neighborhood crew, I think we are all very ready to spend some quality time on back porches eating charred meat, instead of huddling close together for warmth hoping one of our children isn’t the one to barrel through a fence while sledding.

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The Pool – A “suburbanite” like myself has one favorite Spring/Summertime activity, and for me, that is visiting the neighborhood pool.  There is nothing more appealing than basking in the warm glow of the sun, working on a tan, while sitting in a chair partially submerged in the water.  What makes this even more exciting is knowing that your children are safely under guard of highly attentive teenagers and wearing seven different flotation devices.

The Beach – As soon as it is even remotely feasible to think about walking in sand without shoes I am ready to hit the beach.  While it may not be logistically possible to cart two children, two dogs, and a husband to the beach at every possibly opportunity, I definitely wish that I could.  I spend countless hours dreaming and planning that fantastic weekend getaway and full week vacation whilst forgetting the challenges that faced us on previous trips.

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Public Outdoor Events – Once the clocks spring forward the season of grandscale outdoor public events is never ending here in RVA.  From food festivals to weekly and biweekly concerts, we find ourselves deciding more so on what not to go to than what to attend.

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The Local Zoo – I have young children so the novelty of this adventure has not quite worn off yet.  It doesn’t hurt that our local zoo is less than 10 minutes from our house and yearly passes are extremely affordable.  I just cannot wait for our first visit of the year, when the boys have had time to forget how amazing it is to see a giraffe in person and feed it stuff that looks like dog food.

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Now all that is left is to get that “bikini body” back that I had in 2010 and I’ll be good to go!  😉

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