This plant makes me happy:
I almost ripped this peony out a few years ago because it kept getting powdery mildew and wasn't blooming, but I sprayed and pruned and fought it until I think I've figured out how to keep it healthy. Now, the blooms are huge and gorgeous every spring. It always amazes me that I can cut it down to nothing and every spring, it grows like crazy again. I might plant another one, they're so lovely.
For Memorial Day, I tried making these patriotic parfaits. They weren't quite what I envisioned, but everyone liked them and ate them, and I call that a success.
In other spring-related events, we attended seminary graduation for four graduates in our ward. They are celebrating four years of attending 5:45am classes every school morning. They are amazing. Two of these four are among the last of my own "seminaries" (as my kids called them). Sometimes I miss teaching that class - but not at 5:00am. :)
Spring also means the return of the libraries. Somehow, they forget about this game during school, but about this time of year, they build their own branches of the library. I love how it brings out their personalities, like S's obsession with order....
He started a summer reading program too. :)
And C's electronics (his library has ambient music and a computerized checkout system)...
And J's library has a play zone and offers prizes for the person checking out the most books.
M is usually the pet who visits the libraries. :)
Spring means the end of Joy School, the coop preschool we've done with M this year. She loved it. I taught the last week and the kids found this toad in our backyard.
These awesome moms were my co-teachers this year. I have so loved getting to know them better and knowing that M was in great hands with her first preschool experience. She says A (in the stripes) was her favorite teacher and I was her second favorite. :)