It's been spring for some time, in fact. So much so, that it's actually going to be summer in just five days.
Ballarat has just got the memo. But it's about to forget again.
And I remember that this thing happens to me every year. Adelaide or Ballarat, warm spring or cold one, I get all excited as spring begins and flowers blossom and the first touch of warmth comes into the air... and then I get the grumps when it (inevitably) turns cold and wet again.
You'd think I'd have got the hang of it by now. Nope.
But every year, I eventually come to this conclusion: It's okay. It's okay that it's forecast 13 and rain at the end of this week. It's okay that it poured torrentially on us as we drove home up the freeway on Saturday. It's okay that I'm still having to dry my washing inside, on clothes horses, in November. It's okay.
Because you know what's happening? Spring is just getting rid of the last of its rain. It's just making sure it's all poured out, every drenching raincloud thoroughly wrung dry, in time for summer.
Have to admit, this year in Ballarat it's cutting it pretty fine. But still.
And to help this positive thinking along, here are a few of the things that are making me happy lately. My
Happy Little Things
- Sleep-headed post-nap lovely boy.
- Picnics in the park.
- Camping trip + historical town + kids with legs = blissful smiley-face. No matter how begrudgingly they stand on that log.
- Fleeting baby movements. And fleeting baby kisses.
- This fabulous beauty salon. She's combing his hair. He's... letting her. And yes, those are indeed fingerless gloves and lenseless star glasses she's wearing, while he looks through her purse.
- This slightly terrifying beauty salon. Short on time? Let a two-year-old comb your hair while you do your girl's pigtails.
- Grinning selfies wit' mah peeps.
- Brave-girl pony rides at country fairs.
- Goons in hats.
- Casual superhero meets dramatic ballerina.
- Coming out of the shower to this re-enactment of "Mummy and Daddy waking up".
- Leisurely shopping trips with antlers and angel wings. (Yeah, I know, they're upside down. That's how she likes 'em.)
- The ever-popular post-bath game of "Princesses and Princes".
- Rockstar booncecakes.
- Daisies by the lake...
- ... and this one, repeatedly throwing his arms out wide and yelling "DAISIES!!! Daisies EPP'rywhere!!!!"
- Hide-and-seek with someone who doesn't care for the rules.
- This daisy-collecting girl, totally absorbed in her work.
- This daisy-collecting boy, tasting them.
- This display of healthy respect for weaponry.
- And last but not least, the payoff for the Big Tidy that happened while they were bathing last night. This morning, I lost them. And found them here, reading a book together.
Ahhhh. Happy mama.
See? It's okay.