I have a confession to make - I actually don't like Spring. I know, I know, how could I not like Spring with the beautiful weather, the budding flowers, the birds? Don't get me wrong, I do like the beginning feelings of the changing of seasons, but overall I just really don't like Spring. My feelings of dislike in large part stem from my awful seasonal allergies, which make being outside pretty miserable during the pollen season. Easter is one of my favorite holidays, and I was born in April, so you'd think I'd like Spring. But no... I don't. My eyes get puffy and I sneeze a lot.
This year, I feel a little differently. Maybe it's because we are having such a long winter and I'm really sick of the snow, or maybe I'm just excited to get out and about in nice weather with my little Jamesie. For whatever reason, I must say for the first time ever that I have serious Spring fever! I'm dreading the unavoidable reactions to all the pollen (I mean... common, I love flowers!), but my excitement to take long walks and play around in the grass by the river or at the park with my baby boy is just overpowering my normal indoor Spring mentality.
Even though we can get a little house bound during this never-ending winter, we still manage to have fun.
This winter in New Jersey (and for most of the north east for that matter) has been insanely long. Seriously. It's the middle of March and I wake up in the morning to 25 degree weather, or rain, or wind... What is that even? Now that we have so much snow still, I feel like we are going to be cheated of a Spring entirely (I'm not complaining that much...). The snow will melt eventually and everything will be just... muddy. Mud season instead of Spring. Now I'm just being cynical. A long winter can do that to you. We have focused on staying active, and getting out of the house.
James, Jamesie and I went into Hoboken on Saturday to visit our friend, Steve, from college. We have tried to stay active even during the bad weather (it rained all day), and these outings are so fun for Jamesie. Also, check out his huge hands!
We ventured out of the house last week on one of the days that it was actually above freezing. Although he was still bundled up (in March), Jamesie seemed to really enjoy the fresh air and being out and about.
On Wednesday my Mom, Jamesie and I will be getting way for a short (but oh so necessary) trip to South Carolina. It's part pleasure and part business trip, but I'm not complaining. They don't really have much pollen in South Carolina, but man do they have sunshine! That's the kind of Spring I do like. Seabrook Island, where we will be going, is just outside of Charleston, and is probably my favorite place in the world. It holds a special spot in my heart, and is somewhat of a second home. I first visited Seabrook when I was only 9 weeks old (not that I remember), and I haven't gone more than a year since then without paying at least a short visit to the Island. What I love the most is how I feel when I am there - it's a warm happiness that I can only describe as feeling utterly free.
I can't wait to get there and maybe when we get back it will feel a little more like Spring in Jersey.