From Winter To Spring

In one way or another springtime here always disappoints me.

I used to truly hate springtime, mostly because where I live the season inevitably means one thing - mud. Lots and lots of mud.  However, springtime in the mountains has started to surprise me.  The last couple springs have been unseasonably warm, with blue skies and flowers that have started to sprout early.

This last week I thought we may be in for another uncharacteristically nice spring, but I'm still on guard because the air as I type this on Saturday has a bit of chill sneaking back in.  So even during "nice" springs, you just never know when we will be right back to winter.  I'm dubbing it the springtime blues.  You are happy that the weather is so beautiful, but you are sad because you know it's not going to last that long.

It's an emotional roller coaster, I tell you.

In-Between Seasons Clothing

Regardless, I thought I'd just talk today about transitioning from winter to spring, in more ways than one!  First clothing, and in particular, shoes.  I am so happy that laced suede flats are a trend right now, because I think they are perfect for those transition seasons, when you don't really know what to wear.

Floral Tank: Papaya
Drapey Utility-Inspired Jacket: TJ Maxx
Jeans: JustFab (my referral links here)
Shoes: JustFab

All About Birding

For the uninitiated, "birding" is the modern term for "bird-watching".  Don't let a birder catch you saying "bird-watching", because I hear it's a major faux-pas.  I've mentioned before that one of my favorite movies is The Big Year, and every time I watch it I get in the mood to break out my binoculars and find some birds.  Last year when we went to Yellowstone was when it started, because there were so many varieties of birds there.  I saw an American White Pelican!  I don't think I've seen a pelican in my life before that.

As if I needed another reason to just give birding a try, I saw in one of my homeschool Facebook groups that the Great Backyard Bird Count is starting right now.  This is a citizen-study put on by Cornell every year.  It helps them gather information on bird migration patterns, and it helps citizens (like me) get outside and identify some birds.  I decided we would participate and incorporate it into our school days.  

Our first day out was not overly successful.  I heard a chickadee and saw a Dark-eyed Janko.  But to be honest, I was just guessing as to what bird it was.  I poured over websites and books for almost an hour trying to figure out what it was that I saw.  It was a 7-9 inch bird with a chestnut-colored back, and blackish and white tail feathers.  I settled on the Janko, because it's very common and also the only bird that even vaguely fit that description.  

I'm sure I'll get better at this whole thing eventually and won't have to spend an hour identifying each bird, right?

The Book-Buying Urge

Even though I wouldn't say spring has officially started at all, this spring-like weather is conjuring spring-like thoughts.  Spring makes me think about saving money for the homeschool conference, and preparing for next school year (oh, the life of a homeschool mom), which makes me think about picking curriculum for first grade (even though we are still in the midst of kindergarten).  And since I am an eclectic homeschooler with an emphasis on "living books", it makes me want to buy books for the kids.

My Usborne party was a declared success, and I have a big 'ole batch of books coming my way from them soon (more on that when they arrive!).  Last Saturday I also took a shopping trip by myself, and there is a local thrift store that has a particularly good selection of books.  Seriously, every time I go there I find a bunch of classic children's books.  I am baffled.  Who is giving away all these good books?  I must be in a sweet-spot, surrounded by parents with kids just a little older than mine who give all their good children's books away to this one thrift store.  This is my haul (excuse the fact that I'm talking so fast, Derek was waiting for me and I was in a rush!).

I may have gone a little overboard.  It's hard not to do when you can get each book for $1.50 each! This batch of books would have cost me at least $160 on Amazon, and that's if I bought each one of them used.

Old School Blogger Shout-Out

Just one today, for the sake of time!  Alex from Inspiration Clothesline is a long-time blog friend.  Go check out her most recent post where she announced being pregnant with her FOURTH baby!  So cute!

What I'm Drinking: Still to be determined.  Coffee?  Peppermint tea?  Something that will wake me up and give me energy for our homeschool playdate this morning.

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Emily Powell said...

I just love Spring and always have...mainly because in TX for winter we get a lot of rain and it is just so gross.

Brittney said...

Wow what a good haul! And I just love your Tuesday blogging, it reminds me to just do it!

Gina said...

I can't wait for spring because I won't be pregnant and can actually buy some cute pieces. If you need a drink recommendation I'm currently being super bad and drinking Diet Coke from a kids cup ;)

Callie said...

Ha, yes, I have been known to crack open a can of Diet Coke in the morning myself! 😉

Callie said...

Yes! I keep checking your blog to make sure I'm not missing something. 😉

Callie said...

Yes, I imagine spring is gorgeous in TX! It doesn't get really nice here usually until early June. 😬

Michelle said...

We've been having April weather for the past week, and it's supposed to get cold again this weekend. I can't handle this back and forth! That's what always annoys me about spring. And the fact that summer is coming. I am NOT a fan of summer.

Your outfit is so cute! You always look so put together.

Inspired said...

Awesome used book haul! I'm going to look for an old post I wrote when I was teaching about chapter books good for first graders. :-) Some of them might be good for bedtime reading for Wyatt. :-)

And thanks for the shout out.

Inspired said...

Here's the early literacy post that included some chapter books. I think there's another one about great picture books too.

It's good for me to go back and reread what I wrote as a teacher now that I have kids!

Some of the books have some advanced content but I always found that it led to a really good discussion especially in the Christian school setting.

Inspired said...

Here's the one about classics including primarily picture books.

" The giving tree and "made my list! Plus "The Very Hungry Catapillar" and I saw you got "The Hermit Crab" by the same author-Eric Carle! Can't go wrong with any of his stuff.

There is an old video (VHS) out there of him creating the story "The Very Quiet Cricket" and reading it aloud and it's priceless. Hard to get a hold of that would be awesome for your kids.

Inspired said...

Last one I promise!

More current picture book titles I love. (As opposed to "classics")

Klein Dot Co said...

Your outfit = perfection :) Loving all the details!! And LOLs about "birding"

Callie said...

Ah, thanks Michelle! Yes, spring is so annoying, haha!

Callie said...

Thank you for all these Alex! Such great recommendations!

Callie said...

Thank you! And yes, I'm still working on the proper terminology, haha! And I'm still awful at identifying birds, but it takes practice, right? I actually got an email the other day from someone who was afraid I identified a bird on one of my bird apps wrong, haha! I wrote back and said yep, I probably did. ;-)

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