So this is what "spring" looks like in Illinois. . .
but Scout was happy to cuddle up with the kids and keep them warm . . .
and our view was brightened by the promise of a real spring thanks to my aunt and uncle in Minnesota, who understand probably better than most just how flowers can lighten the mood on those long, cold days, so they send us flowers every Valentine's Day.
And speaking of buds, here is Bean the budding artist whose Kachina Doll was selected for the district-wide art show, complete with special exhibition and reception.