It isn’t spring break for us yet, but the excitement is growing. I noticed on my Facebook feed that my nieces were already on spring break. So… that means my other friends will soon start complaining about the traffic from spring breakers invading Southern Utah. 🙂 March is here and I saw that my tree had some leaves on it and there were daffodils out. I have no flowers in my yard and I don’t know that I care for this year. However, in Boise spring has sprung. We wanted to take a bike ride on Saturday as it was a great day, but my husband discovered some wrecked tires after purchasing a tire tube for a bike we knew was already dead. I had already noticed that my bike tires were full of thistles after our rides. What is this going to mean? Somebody will pop a tire every time we take a spin. UGH! Every environment has its’ annoyances. I grew up with tumble weeds and dirt. Then, we lived in the Oregon rain for years, but we never tracked a thistle into the house for my child to step on and start wailing. Bike tires don’t fair much better than child’s feet! On the other hand, endless Oregon rain gets OLD. Now in Idaho, we have to be careful tracking thistles into the house. The thistle is an evil creature in the desert that somehow jumps on you and gets on your shoes and clothes.
Today, I spent half the day wrapping presents. I did it cause it needed to get done and to avoid the real work of organizing my home. I hit a wall a few days ago on the move in organizing and I just don’t care anymore. The wrapping was hard work and I don’t look forward to doing it again for another 11 1/2 months. This week there was a lady who went viral on the internet for posting a picture of her Christmas tree which was 3/4 of the way covered in presents. She got a lot of backlash for that. Apparently, it’s a thing for people to brag on Facebook about the quantity of presents they give their kids so she was kicking off that season???? I don’t have any friends who do that!?!? It must be the same people who don’t #optoutside. (LOL 🙂 ) At any rate, I don’t know why anyone would want a tree covered up by gifts, I actually LOVE a decorated tree. I grew up going to the mountains to hunt for our Christmas trees. My mom was partial to piñon pines and they were really ugly. So… we had some goofy looking trees in the seventies, but then I balked a lot and insisted on more attractive trees. ALWAYS REAL! As an adult in Oregon, the land of gorgeous Christmas trees, we always used a fake. You buy it once and it’s pre-lit! Do you enjoy wrapping presents or just UNWRAPPING?
After many months of monotony and stress, we are in our new home in Idaho. (I have had internet for now 3 hours+)We flew my husband here over labor day to start a new job and then we returned to start a school year under some less stressful circumstances (same friends and school) and continue to try to sell our Oregon pad. We wanted to build a home/cabin above the city of Boise in the mountains, but I thought better about how I have 3 school aged children that would eventually need to have some social scene other than hiking with mom and dad AND most importantly how I don’t enjoy driving…….. So, we found a house at the base of the mountain range in the city limits. As I unpacked the contents of my existence, (going on several days now…) my children have vocally been planning many hiking adventures in their new backyard without me. As they were cunningly making plans of their own, they didn’t realize that I was saying within myself #WINNING cause the previous hikes/walks etc. were often met with #WHINING. Then, I realized that it was probably because I have so trained them to these adventures that maybe they don’t actually like them, it’s just that we have spent every last waking minute cleaning a house for a showing and now they can do something normal again. I choose to believe I am winning though. 🙂