March 20, 2015

Friday Five: I love VA in the springtime!

You know the words as "I love Paris in the springtime"...but today we're talking about spring won the Friday Five link-up with Courtney, Cynthia, and Mar. I talked about how I was excited about the early signs of spring a few weeks back and I’m eager for more warm weather. While the spring isn't my favorite season, I do love the energy that the warmer weather brings and the colors all around after the bleakness of winter. here are some great things about living in Virginia in the springtime so read on to hear what I'm excited about...

 

1. Putting in a new vegetable garden. I’ve always been a big fan of having a veggie garden at home and the original location I picked was that of an existing garden (read: I didn’t have to dig anything up and made my life easy) but it doesn’t get full sun. This year, I am moving it to a different section of the yard and greatly expanding it. I haven’t figured out exactly what I’ll be planting but I know it will include tomatoes, peppers (bell and hot varieties), squash and perhaps, lettuce.  Given that we have mild springs and falls, the produce growing season is long in Virginia and I'm hoping to take advantage this year. My dream would be to simply stop having to buy produce at the grocery store but I’m sure that’s a big stretch.

2. Last year I was elected to the board of a local nonprofit organization. It’s been a fantastic outlet for me to get engaged in the community and a way for me to provide some of my consulting expertise for this organization. I’m helping spearhead a big upcoming fundraising campaign called Give Local, where we will be participating in an event that focuses on donations for local nonprofits. In addition to helping with ideas, I’m also the blog writer for the initiative…old habits die hard!

3. One of my favorite aspects of springtime in Hampton Roads is strawberry season. The month of May is full of events and there are plenty of local farms where you can pick your own berries. This ushers in a world of delicious treats like smoothies, shortcakes, and simply enjoying them solo.

4. I’ll be spending lots of time with family this spring. Between visiting Adam’s family in Minnesota soon (although that probably won’t feel like spring since it will still be chilly there!), hopefully seeing my folks at Easter, cheering for my two running idols at the Boston Marathon in April, and enjoying Mother’s Day with Mom at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend, there will be some really fun family events this spring. It’s cheesy, but the older I get, the more I treasure family time. And especially since I don’t live near family, it’s always a treat to see them.

5. I simply love to eat dinner outside. Two years ago, I bought a new patio set and it’s definitely much more comfortable and inviting. I usually try to eat dinner out as much as possible during the warm months and I often enjoy weekend breakfasts outside (generally after a long run) with the newspaper and an iced coffee.
 
6. Okay, I know it's Friday FIVE, but I have one more thing....spring clothes! I am so sick of my winter clothes. My wool suits, pants, tights, etc. I am over them. I want to wear my coral capris, my new black and white polka dot crop pants, and dresses without tights. I want to wear COLOR again and have it be seasonally appropriate! And let's be honest here, I want to take a spin around the mall and add some new spring duds to my wardrobe.
 
Go check out what other people are talking about today...I bet it has a lot to do with warmth and color! What makes your heart go pitter patter for springtime?
 
To all my Shamrock racing buddies, I'll be volunteering at the finish line from 7:00-12:00 on Sunday. Come say hi! I'm not certain what my role will be (likely handing out food, hats, or medals), but I would love to see you and give a high five/hug!
{Christine}

19 comments:

  1. There's so many things I love about Spring! I'm with you on the Spring clothes. I've been so eager to wear capris, that I've pulled them out of the closet and have been wearing them, even though it hasn't been that warm yet. I'm just so over Winter and am doing anything I can to make it feel more like Spring.

    Sounds like you have a lot of fun trips coming up in the next couple of months. And I'll definitely be looking for you on Sunday! A selfie may be on the docket at the finish line. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh, I am ready to wear different clothes too! I love eating outside, but there's usually only a short period of time when it's warn enough, not too humid, and not too buggy!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I am so looking forward to spring. I miss not living in Virginia. I may have to come down to visit soon. I would love to have my own garden once I become a homeowner. Every thing will be so fresh.-L

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great list! I'm excited about spring too...I'm getting into vegetable gardening for the first time this year...hoping it goes well! I can't imagine working with a whole yard yet - I'm in an apartment!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I want a vegetable garden!!! And I LOVE eating outside this time of year! And I'm looking forward to fresh strawberries and peaches! Yum! Happy Spring!

    ReplyDelete
  6. love eating outside! We have a very small window though before mosquitos come out and its too humid!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I love having a glass of wine out on my deck in the spring...something so relaxing about it. I wish I had room to garden!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love the fresh strawberries, too! And I'm with you on eating outside...well, until it gets too hot, that is! HA! Hope you have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I think I would love Virginia in the spring too, since your spring comes at least a month earlier than ours in Chicago! Brrrr!

    ReplyDelete
  10. al fresco dining IS the best! have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Ready for warmth, and to be able to ride my pink bike again!! Your spring plans sound great! Yay for shopping, my favorite! I wish we could shop together!

    ReplyDelete
  12. That sounds like a great organization you are a part of. Warm weather can not come fast enough. I am looking forward to setting up my patios sets and doing some work around my house! -M

    ReplyDelete
  13. Oooh! I may have to check out the strawberry festival events!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I really want my own garden too! I am not such a green thumb though sadly

    ReplyDelete
  15. Will look out for you! Can't wait to go fruit picking. I wish I had land for a little garden.

    ReplyDelete
  16. My grill and patio set--I need to remember they are on the patio!! Yah Spring!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Grilling outside is the best! Over here in California I've already smelled a few good ones around my neighborhood. We've had some pretty warm weather lately. :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. We enjoy grilling outside but it's hard to eat outside...too many bugs and mosquitoes here. I looked in my closet this week and couldn't remember what I wore last Spring. Where are those clothes? (I do this every change of season.)

    ReplyDelete
  19. Great list. I cant wait for spring to fully kick in here in northern VA. We had a preview at the beginning of the week and looks like it may come back a little here this week.

    ReplyDelete