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A Bit of Spring

A little over two weeks ago, I escaped the Chicago winter for my own bit of a spring break – it was time to head down to Dallas to spend a long weekend with my favorite little girls (& their mom)! After what has seemed like an interminably long & white winter and everything surrounding Grandma’s final months, the timing was “just right” – maybe that’s why this year’s spring weekend in Dallas seemed even brighter.

Beautiful Tulips!

On Friday, we made our annual springtime trek to the Dallas Arboretum – this was the 25th anniversary of the Dallas Blooms spring flower spectacular. Everywhere you looked, there were blooms in all shapes and colors. In addition to the flowers, the special exhibit was 16 storybook houses designed by local firms – each was a unique interpretation of a childhood story.

Storybook House Detail

Miss Butterfly received a “grown-up” camera for Christmas & had a great time capturing the Arboretum from her viewpoint.

A Budding Photographer

Beyond the blooms, the weekend was filled with all sorts of ways to recharge & renew. The girls were filled with imagination in everything that we did.

Silly Girls

The new swingset/playhouse in the backyard inspired playtime to save 2 princesses from a wolf – in addition to me reading to the girls, Miss Butterfly read to me – playtime & a picnic at the park – and lots of play in general. I always bring some sort of craft project with me & this time it was some spring themed paper strips for the girls to make paper chains – by Sunday afternoon, Miss Butterfly’s chain was more than 19 feet long. Per “tradition” Maya & I had girls nite out one evening – a mani/pedicure, some shopping (including some fun jewelry finds) & enjoying “the band” on the patio at the local wine bar was a perfect combination!

 M'Amy & the girls

(more pictures here)

As is always the case, before long it was time to pack up the suitcase (Miss Doodlebug sat on it to help me close it up) & head back home to Chicago. While Spring has yet to fully appear in here in Chicago I’m glad for the few days of springtime fun with my favorite little girls!


  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother’s passing.

    Those are some beautiful flowers!

  2. The girls are going up to be such beautiful young ladies! Love the flowers, its been raining off and on here for weeks. The snow that we had killed most of my daffodils, but not all thankfully!
    I love the photo’s that young kids take. Its neat to see the world though their eyes!

  3. I love seeing pictures of the girls – they are growing up so fast! And the tulips make my heart sing. Tulips are one of my favorite signs of spring. Miss B. looks like her mama. I’m glad you had a good trip!

  4. That is the most gorgeous tulip display that I have seen in a long time. I miss the spring bulbs.

  5. Beautiful tulips! So glad you got that time of renewal!

  6. What a delight! Thank you for that breath of Spring.

  7. What great flower pictures! Hopefully we’ll be getting spring here in Chicago in just a few days (I have my fingers crossed)…

  8. What a perfect spring trip! The girls are adorable and all the spring flowers are gorgeous.

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