Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring Fever

       Most Tahoe locals have a point each year when they reach their "I'm sick of the snow" threshold. It's March 20th and I'm officially there. Sure, snow has its charm but there's a lot more to it when you live in it. There's the extra twenty minutes in the morning to clearing our cars. There's attempting to push the grocery cart through it. There's having to wear snowpants and snowboots to work, so that your work clothes aren't drenched by the time you arrive at your desk. There's the doubled commute time to work and the "snow days" at daycare when they operate on a limited schedule. There's the two feet of snow on our chimney that doesn't allow us to have a fire.  Just to name a few. A lot of the people that leave Tahoe, leave because of, well,  the snow. I'm starting to wonder if I'll become one of them?
       We've had snow at our house for five months now. That's a lot of snow. I've read that the local mountain has received 45 feet of snow so far this season. That's a lot of snow. We've received 3 feet of the white stuff at our house in the last 24 hours and the forecast shows lots more of it on the way over the next 5 days or so. And sadly, we probably have about two more months or so of cold temps and snow. Yep, I said two months. Last year we had a dumping of snow on Memorial Day and snow has been recorded in Tahoe every month of the year. Yes, even June, July, and August! Sadly, if you blink, you may miss Spring in Tahoe.
       So how am I coping this weekend? A little online retail therapy that's how (oh, and I gave myself a bit of a blonde boost from a box this weekend, just to feel a bit more sunkissed). While we'll be wearing beanies and scarves until May, all of my favorite retailers are teasing me with floral prints, summer hats, flip flops, and summer dresses. And oh, the Easter outfits! We live on a budget and I rarely shop, but just looking at Spring clothing helps me to feel a bit sunnier. Here are some things that I'm wishing I could slip into sooner, rather then later.
These tanks from the gap
whisper effortless and casual. 
Hello cutoffs and a fun necklace.

And this dress reflects the simple and 
healthy mom vibe that I'd like to achieve.
For some reason, every time Spring rolls around, 
I refer to my preference for nautical.
Blue and white, yes.

My search for the perfect denim short failed.
But these sporty/casual grey ones might be a good substitute.
Spring shopping wouldn't be complete without some swim picks. 
Maybe it's the mom in me
(or perhaps the blindingly white midsection), 
but I've been toying with the idea of 
picking up a one piece this year.
This affordable stripey one over at Old Navy
just may end up in my closet.

This one over at j to the crew, looks quite adorable on the model.
Then again, they usually do though.
Lastly, I've been craving some fun Summer kicks for quite a while. 
Last Summer, I opted to save my cash instead, but this year
I think I'll give in.
Maybe these babies from Anthro?
Or some Toms?
In red perhaps?
While I was online, I did a little lookie-loo for goodies for Nolan. 
In the span of his lifetime, we've probably spent about $30.00 total on clothes for him.
We've gotten by amazingly well with gifts and hand me downs.
But this Spring shopping got me to thinking about some Easter appropriate, 
and sunny weather gear for our Buzz.
Buzz rarely wears shoes, 
but these mock weaved sandals may just be
too beach bum perfect to pass up.
Can I get a round of applause for cuteness?
Because I'm his mama, and because he can't talk back
he may end up in some nautical gear of his own.
Although we like to show off that full head 
of hair of his, a stylish fedora might
do the part to tame it a bit.
Yes, that's a baby fedora.

You know what the saddest part about my Spring finds? 
Buying them now won't make the snow melt any faster.
and it won't make my skin tan any sooner.
Okay, enough daydreaming. 
Back to shoveling snow!

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