Sunday, March 14, 2010

First Day of Spring?!

After over a week's worth of gloom and rain, I was pretty much expecting to wake up this morning to more of the same. So, imagine my surprise upon leaving for church when the kids started screaming emphatically, "SUN! SUN!" Lo and behold, there was indeed sun.
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Apparently my kids weren't the only kids excited about the early arrival of Spring (which doesn't officially make its appearance on the calendar until next weekend). Pretty much all the third graders in the Sunday School class I help out in were nothing short of squirrely. I think everyone, myself included, was anticipating time spent outside soaking up the sun and warm air. In fact, the first thing out of Zach's mouth when I picked him up from his Sunday School class was, "Bike ride, NOW!"
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So, we hurried home (by the way, our van's nifty thermometer reported a balmy 62 degrees...yes, folks...SIXTY TWO DEGREES...in Minnesota...in March!), scarfed down lunch, and headed outside as quickly as possible. After finally taking down the outside Christmas lights and packing them away, we got our bikes and the Burley ready for our inaugural bike ride of 2010.
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Although some of the bike trails were still pretty slushy, thereby forcing us to take the longer route alongside the city streets, we still made it to our favorite park destination where we let the kids run around like hooligans for over an hour while Ben and I sat enjoying the warmth of the sun while discussing how out of shape our bike riding muscles have become after a 6-7 month hiatus.
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After the kids were sufficiently tired out, we enjoyed a quick snack before reluctantly (remember that discussion about our bike riding muscles...) jumped back on our bikes and headed home where we decided pizza for dinner sounded oh so much better than our planned leftover buffet. So, we all hopped in the van and headed to our favorite pizza spot to finish off our fantastic Spring day.
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Due to the fact that the kids were outside for the majority of the day, they were so tired that they hardly even noticed the time change. They were in bed and sound asleep by 8:15 (which should really have felt like 7:15 to them!). I believe Ben and I will be following suit rather shortly. It looks as if tomorrow is supposed to be just as nice...so I have to get a good night's sleep if I'm going to keep up with the kids tomorrow--Grocery store and park, here we come!

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