February has always been one of my most difficult months of the year to get through. And quite often March is just as difficult, as I wait very impatiently for spring to finally make an appearance.
Last night, while trying to give my oldest daughter things to think about to distract her from some scary thoughts so she could fall asleep, I started listing some things about spring and summer to look forward to. After I got back to my own bed, I could not stop listing off the wonderful things that are going to be part of my life again...once winter decides to leave.
So, in anticipation of the next two seasons, here is a nice long list of gifts that I am going to be very happy to receive...eventually.
 That in-between time where neither the furnace nor air conditioner is needed
 Having my windows open and the beautiful fresh air flowing through my home
 Birds chirping
 Daylight hours increasing till almost 10pm
 Being able to run outside without having to bundle up
 Cute dresses and fun colors
 Running outside
 Slurpee runs
 Family walks to the park
 Reading a book on my lawn chair in the sun (or shade, when it gets too hot!)
 The smell of sunscreen
 Seeing my pretty tulips come up from the ground
 BBQ's and more BBQ's...
 Sitting around a campfire (although I could do without the tenting and many other things that tend to go along with it)
 A reason to have consistently smoothly shaven legs
 Hearing the girls' giggles as they jump on the trampoline
 My annual s'more...or two
 Walking barefoot on soft, green grass
 Having ice cream on the front porch with my family
 Porch visits with friends
 Evening walks around town with a friend
 The sound and smell of gently falling rain
 Dancing in the rain
 Did I mention BBQ's?
 The sidewalk chalk creations that show up on my driveway
 No more posts from other people rubbing their hot vacations in our faces ;)
 Strawberry season!
 The warmth of the sunshine
 The reminder that comes with beautiful rainbows
 Lazy summer sleep-ins (on non-work days, that is)
 Feeling so hot that I think I might melt...but having shade or air conditioning to escape to when it gets TOO bad!
 Watching the girls set up their cookie/lemonade stand
 My feet walking in the sand
 Chillin' poolside at my sister's house
I got so involved with this list, when I looked outside in the middle of writing it, I honestly was taken aback by the sight of the snow! Guess I got a little caught up in the fantasy of it all...