I took Tuesday off of work as it’s pretty quiet (Calm before the storm, April will kill me dead, etc.) and Matthew has been going a little bit crazy this spring break trying to work from home while meeting the demands for breakfast/snack/cuddle/lunch/toy rights mediation/snack/dinner. I’ll spare you the details of how it took him ten minutes to clean our four-year-old after she exploded in the toilet and after “wiping” somehow managed to get poop all the way from her armpits to her knees.

Oh. Sorry about that.

I was happy to take the day off and hang out at home with my monkeys. I had thought that I would Get Stuff Done but instead I sat with them and watched Diary of a Wimpy Kid on Netflix (We finally! installed it on the Wii)(Love it) and made yogurt smoothies and I cuddled in a chair with my baby girl (aka Poopsilicious) and took photos. Many, many photos.

The snow has melted, the sun is shining and we were OUTSIDE. Fresh air and sunshine can take my mood up ten notches (twenty, if my hormones aren’t doing their monthly dance) and, well, we had a pretty perfect day.

We live in the sticks (in a mountain range, to boot) and so we took the dogs on a hike up the “hill” (read: 30 degree angle) and felt pretty accomplished when we got to the top. I had to take a photo of my little hikers, of course.

I also had to take one of the four of us. The first rule of Instagram is that there is no Instagram. Wait. That’s not right. Life would be sad without Instagram.

I love those three so much that it really does hurt.

We survived the hike back down the hill, despite the incline. My shins are screaming today but no pain, no gain. Or something.

The next thing I knew, the kids had started a game where they would run at the swings and “fly.”

(More on Flickr but you have to be a “friend” to see them. I’ve had more “take me to the kittens” episodes lately and am playing it safe.)

Sunshine and fresh air and no jackets and 99 (!) photos taken and, yeah. It was exactly what I needed.

*Post title courtesy of the fact that my children were singing said song as they would run and jump and fly.

**They know the song lyrics so well because they recently discovered a box of old VHS movies that were given to us by an employer of mine when I was pregnant with Graham (we still have a VCR)(!) and they’ve watched Space Jam a number of times.

**Yes, Space Jam. Michael Jordan may have been my basketball playing/loving husband’s hero but Space Jam is not one of his favorite movies. Hoosiers, however, is.

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  1. Hannah March 31, 2011 2:41 am edit

    Great photos!! I love them! And just can imagine them singing the song as they “fly” on the swings :-)

  2. K March 31, 2011 4:48 am edit

    Love Emily’s curls!!!!

  3. Mrs. Wilson March 31, 2011 6:32 am edit

    I think I live under a rock because I have NO IDEA what “take me to the kittens means”. (Which is not uncommon, for me to not know what something means.) :)

    Anyway, LOVE all the SPRING! photos! With NO SNOW! That will not be happening here for quite some time, as the snow piles are still taller than Liliana.

    And seriously, I think Emily’s hair has grown two inches since the last time you photographed her. Gorgeous.

    ps. we still have a VCR too.

  4. Sharon March 31, 2011 7:06 am edit

    Your kids are so ridiculously cute! I remember doing that same thing on the swings when I was a kid – so fun! I’m glad spring is finally starting to make an appearance. I live for the sunny days where I can be outside and just enjoy LIFE! :)

  5. DawnA March 31, 2011 7:21 am edit

    How adorable! My son was in LOVE w/ that movie. We still have a basketball pillow w/ Space Jam characters on it floating around the house.

  6. Kerri Anne March 31, 2011 10:44 am edit

    Swing photos are officially my new favorite thing.

    LOVE these. And those super fantastic kids of yours. I can’t wait to see you all. Come on, July!

  7. hillary March 31, 2011 12:02 pm edit

    *sigh* I want to live where you live. Swing sets! Stacks of fire wood! Mountains to tire out the monsterpups!

  8. Jenn March 31, 2011 12:54 pm edit

    I ordered the Space Jam CD from Amazon last month because my boys LURV Michael Jordan and the movie and basketball and…. My hubbie bought them Nerf basketball door hoops and now all they do is launch their little selves off a chair so they can slam dunk while listening to “I can touch the sky-i-i” At least it is exercise, right?

  9. Danica March 31, 2011 2:16 pm edit

    So much fun to go outside.
    They look so happy on the swings. I used to love to ‘fly’ like that when I was a kid.

  10. Elaine April 1, 2011 11:56 am edit

    So glad y’all were able to get out and enjoy the outdoors! Always helps my mood too! Love the photos! :D

  11. Melissa April 3, 2011 8:55 am edit

    There is no way I’d be climbing at a 30 degree angle unless there was a stocked refrigerator at the top of that “hill”!

  12. Natasha April 8, 2011 12:36 pm edit

    Adorable swinging pictures, looks like so much fun!

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