Even though spring in the Pacific Northwest mostly means temperatures about 10 degrees warmer (meaning a daily high in the mid to high 50s) amid the still raining skies (in other words not much different than winter or autumn...), I still very much look forward to this season. This area of the country always seems to welcome blooms ahead of most other places and the colors, along with the later daylight, do a world of wonder for my energy. Also, Spring means Summer is coming. And, since living in Seattle, Summer is my most favorite of seasons. Spring also brings gifts and this weekend, the first one of Spring, was a true gift. The skies were blue. The flowers were busting open. And, we spent all of Sunday outside-the four of us, including Sadie- soaking it all in, letting spring's renewal, renew our spirits. We romped around University of Washington's campus where the cherry blossoms were at their peak and the area was swarming with people. Jack ran around the greens and sidewalks, chasing his own shadow!, so happy to have his little legs uncovered despite the still chilly air. Then, we went to Volunteer Park, one of my very favorite places in Seattle, to play at the playground, take a walk, and enjoy our first (delicious!) outside meal of the year from Volunteer Park Cafe which has the very best cookies in the city, hands down. Our day was finished at home on the grill. We celebrated spring with a salmon and asparagus dinner while the sun created the most perfect end of day lighting. And Jack even did some pruning on the hydrangea bush! It was a short weekend as they seem to be, but it was a special one. I was in need of the respite and renewal that this first spring weekend provided. Now, I'm hopeful that the peace I found in the start of this new season will carry over to the busy work days I have have ahead of me until I find myself in Florida in April for two weeks!