So last night I came up with my list of chores for today. And it was a nice list, too. And I really would’ve done those things (and I will get them done, but stealthily, speed-gardener style, this upcoming week) but when I was out and about, I recognized a distinct odor in the air. Oh, yes, spring’s coming to this valley.

How did that happen? Where did the winter go? With so much left on my to do list, and winter running out, there was clearly only one thing to do.

Take the girls to see (and play in snow) for the first time in their lives. Lately, I’ve been reminded that it’s not just winter that’s too short. My oldest child is starting kindergarten this fall, my youngest is flirting with the idea of potty training. Forget winter — where have their babyhoods gone?