Saturday, March 21, 2009

March in Phoenix: It Doesn't Get Any Better

Spring is nature's way of saying,
"Let's party!"
~Robin Williams

Something happens when March pokes its head around the corner in Phoenix. Suddenly Moms are looking deep in dresser drawers and closets for shorts -- chances are they'll still fit the kids because they've only been packed away for about three months. Jackets and sweatshirts get shifted from the entryway coat rack to the hall closet, parks swell with squealing preschoolers and curious toddlers, and everyone is spending weekends and spring break outdoors.

As we come up on the two-year mark since our move to Phoenix, I'd have to say that March is the best month. Some 70s, mostly 80s and even flirting with 90 degress, an occasional cloudy day, some wind perhaps, and the mornings and evenings are still cool. It's similar to November, but by November you're sick of it all and are yearning for fall. In March we're eager to play.

This past week was Spring Break for the kids. It zipped by more quickly than I could have ever imagined. Blake and Nick spent time with friends, had sleepovers, we spent time at the park and in the back yard, took Nick and his friend on a hike up Camelback Mountain (more on that to come) and watched Blake play in his final soccer tournament of the season. The kids even took a dip in the pool.

March is also Spring Training month. Eleven stadiums, 14 teams playing all month long. We took in our first game earlier this month. I'm not a huge baseball fan, but I always love going to baseball games. Maybe it's because you're forced to relax ... at least when your child isn't begging you for cotton candy.

Allie takes a break from doing gymnastics moves at the park.

Zach summons the ducks closer so he can toss pieces of bread to them.

Nick and Zach share a lemonade at a recent spring training baseball game.

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