Spring is definitely in full bloom here - including lots and lots of pollen that is making even the kitties sneezy. I am not complaining, though.
We've had lots of rain, but it has made everything green and lush and my lilacs are gorgeous this year!
I went out to the garden yesterday to begin getting it ready to plant and I was pulling up old tomato plants. I noticed a bunch of dried grass and bits of fur and moved it slightly to find a "fluffle" of baby bunnies! I was horrified that I had messed up their safe hiding place, so I immediately put all the debris back on the spot and hope that mama bunny can repair whatever damage I did to the hiding spot. I didn't mess around too much with it, but I did see two sweet little bunny faces peering up at me. Adorable! (edited to add that there are 5 cutie pies all together - I went back and counted)
We've also had some sun, and Princess Peepers has been blissfully enjoying every bit of it:
We've also had other adorable little visitors to our yard:
I've been so busy the past few weeks. I've been helping my mom move into her new home in the next town over, so there has been last minute packing and car-loads of stuff going back and forth, but she is now in and settled into her beautiful new nest!
One day I got home and needed to lay down for a little bit to unwind. My Tabberwocky came to snuggle with me - she is the BEST snuggler!
My cute, bad-ass hubs just earned his second degree blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do! Look at this guy - if I tried to jump that high...well, that is just a fantasy. There is no way I could jump this high:
I had a front row seat to his badassery! It was quite impressive. We are not exactly, um, spring chickens anymore. =) Afterwards we went out to dinner with friends to celebrate. I love the people from his Dojang - they are like a second family!
A dear friend of mine has been helping me through some physical stuff with essential oils. It has helped me so much that I have decided to spend more time exploring their uses, so I became a member of Young Living Essential Oils - mainly to get the discounted prices of the oils. They are heavenly! I have been diffusing JOY (of course!) and sniffing peppermint (for my nausea - and, oh, has it helped!). I am going to be learning how to use them in my home, as well, so stay tuned for more on that!
I have been learning lots about essential oils for allergies and asthma (especially helpful during this pollen season). I LOVE mixing oils together to create blends that not only smell divine, but actually improve my health and are better for our environment all around. I've been sharing my oils with my friends and family. My son has accused me of being a peppermint addict...
And...I've begun a new workout program that is whipping this ol' bod into shape (there has even been talk of all of us taking an aerial silks class together - I'm SO onboard for that!!) I love to feel my muscles actually toning up - it is an empowering feeling to know I am getting stronger and stronger! I am hooping, of course (that is my most favorite thing to do in the WORLD) and looking into becoming a certified hoopdance and hoopfitness instructor. I've lost 2 dress sizes (and I don't miss them at all!). As I said...EMPOWERING!
(my super fun LED hoop taken in time-lapse - pretty cool! I look like a spaceship! Can't you just hear the dubstep: wompwompwompWOMPWOMPWOMP - I transform into a whirling dervish - ha!)
I've also been trying to keep up with my flute lessons - the past few weeks have been hit or miss, but I'm determined to get past the horrid squeaky phase and begin to play something again that actually sounds like music...it has been several years since I've played my flutes. So far my kitties DO NOT approve (I can't say I blame them...).
And finally, I have applied to the American College of Healthcare Services for their Holistic Health Practices program to begin in the fall! It has taken me 4 years to figure things out, but I am SO ready for this next chapter of my life now! I am still in the intake phase of it - my application has not yet been approved - but I am hopeful! I have not been to school in...well, a very, very long time. Ha! It will be a growing experience for me - but I love a really good, meaningful challenge! Especially one that opens up a new future for me! =)
So, lots of spring, pollen and change in the air! Good stuff - for the most part!
What is happening in your world? Please share!