Thursday, March 25, 2010

Friday Fave Five, Spring Equinox 2010

Hello! It's Friday and Fave Five time. On Saturday, we reached the Spring Equinox and crossed over in to Spring! What moments and events have blessed you this first week of Spring 2010?

Here's my list:


1. I must admit that I am rather excited today as I write this FFF. My Spring Break has arrived, and I have two full weeks of vacation!

2. Plane tickets were purchased this week. I'll be flying away to spend 6 days with The New Boy and his mama.

3. Game nights with friends are always fun. The Professor and I joined several other people to play Bananagrams and other games on Friday night. Do you know Bananagrams? Played with wooden alphabet tiles, the game is what I term 'expanded Speed Scrabble'.


4. For the past several years, I have had a different Spring Break schedule than The Professor and any of our children who might be taking college classes. This year is no different. The Grad Student is here for a few days at the end of his spring break and has enjoyed hanging out during the day with his dad who also has this week off. They kindly drove over to share lunch with me on Thursday. A few extra hours spent with 'my boys' is really special.

5. California's state flower is the California Poppy. Usually, poppies are bright orange. But some of these butter yellow poppies reseed in my back garden and bloom every spring.

When I see the poppies blooming, I know that Spring has truly arrived!

I hope you'll pop over to Susanne's blog Living To Tell The Story and join us for Friday Fave Five.

31 comments:

nikkipolani said...

Hurray hurray! Two whole weeks off :-) That Bananagram game looks like a lot of fun. Yes, aren't those poppies wonderful?

Hazel said...

That's a beautiful poppy. Bananagrams is new to me and very interesting as I'm looking forward to play scrabble with my mother when I'm home in a few weeks. Happy Spring!

Tracy said...

Two whole weeks... enjoy your vacation, Willow--and especially time with the New Boy. :o) Game night...we've not had one of those in a good long while--thanks for the tip. The poppy is so sweet--I didn't know about this soft buttery yellow color. I can't wait until things are blooming here... soon... LOL! Happy Days ((HUGS))

Sandy@JesusandDark Choc said...

Oh I am so jealous, I wish I had a 2 week spring break! How wonderful!! And my daughter I a play lots of Bannanagrams, we love it!!! She first learned to play during indoor recess in 6th grade. :) She usually beats me, but once in a while I claim victory. ha ha ha

Dorothy said...

Love that yellow poppy!!! And game nights with friends!!

Enjoy your spring break, Willow!

ellen b. said...

Oh I do love that yellow poppy...beautiful.
I'm going to have to look into Bananagrams. So glad you had a lunch visit from the guys. It really is great that you'll get to spend some time with you little guy soon!! Enjoy...

elizabeth said...

So glad you posted about the game as our family loves games together and I need to look for this one. And who says blogs aren't educational??? :)

Roxie said...

six days with the boy, and I bet you're not going to spoil him a bit, are you? Have a ball! It's Grandmas's perrogative.

Susanne said...

I love the butter yellow poppy. I've never seen that. My mom grows the orange ones, we always called them Grandma's flowers because she brought the seeds to Canada from my Grandma's flower bed in Hungary.

Never heard of Bananagrams. Will have to check that out for my game loving family.

I enjoy time with my oldest too on her spring break. It's precious time for sure.

Carrie said...

Sounds like you have a fabulous Spring Break trip planned! =D Enjoy your time off - and SPRING!

twofroghome said...

I don't believe I've ever seen a poppy that color before - it's beautiful! Have fun on your break.

Melli said...

Mmmm... I LOVE poppies! Red, orange OR yellow! They are just HAPPY little flowers!

I have heard on Bananagrams but I have never played it. I know I would enjoy it because I LOVE Scrabble! I have only ever seen it in the store once though - and it wasn't on my LIST for that day! I suppose ToysRUs would have it though... I'll have to look into that!

How great that you get to go spend time with that not so little New Boy! Ya gotta grab it while you can! They grow SO quick!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Enjoy your vacation time ~ riches ~ two whole weeks :)

I've played Bananagrams with a friend who is obsessed with this game. It is very fun.

Great find with the Poppy ~ I find it very hard to spot any up here in Topanga!

Knitting Linguist said...

Hooray for spring break! I only get one week, but I intend to enjoy every minute of it :)

Mama Mia said...

Happy Spring Break!!! :o)

Jientje said...

Enjoy your Spring break Willow!

Dee said...

I've never heard of "Bananagrams" but I think I might have played it with our son and his wife....just using regular Scrabble tiles and no board. It was fast and furious. I definitely am putting it on my wish list. Thanks for the recommendation.

Have a great vacation. Enjoy your family.
Dee

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

My mom lives in California and I love to see the poppies bloom! Also, I have had my eye on that game for some time. They have it at Target, it looks like a great weekend family game. Enjoy your spring!!!

Brenda said...

The California poppies are so wonderful to see. It reminds me how much I love California :)

How nice to have 2 weeks off!

Lisa notes... said...

Woo-hoo—2 weeks of vacation. Do enjoy! Never heard of Bananagrams, but it looks like a game I would enjoy.I'm happy to see all the reminders of spring, too.

Laura said...

Time spent with one's boys is always special!

Hope you enjoy your Spring Break and your trip.

Bananagrams looks like fun. I love Scrabble -- will have to try it.

Happy weekend!

Flower said...

Well...go for it!! Two weeks of bliss are about to happen! Yeah!!

Marg said...

Yea for you...I'm glad you have some time off...Two whole weeks and it will go by so quickly.
Have fun with that little one.
No I have never played that game...I love Rook!

hip chick said...

Oh I love poppies. My mum grows the Icelandic pastel poppies. But, for us they are a summer flower. We get crocus and daffodils in the spring.

Karyn said...

I love poppies...their petals are so delcate looking - like crepe paper. The pale yellow is gorgeous!

Spending time with your little one and his momma sounds like a perfect way to use your spring holiday! Have a wonderful time!

myletterstoemily said...

i adore poppies and have never seen
a yellow one.

thank you!

Donnetta said...

We too are just starting our Spring Break, but we will get only one week and not 2. Not complaining mind you, we'll take what we can get. :-)

Games and friends are great favorites! Still not seeing many flowers here yet but eager for that sign of Spring to arrive.

Enjoy your trip.

happilyretired said...

Enjoyed reading your FAVES (belatedly) and hope you enjoy your two weeks of vacation. Your plans sound wonderful to me!
Hugs and blessings,

Sharon Lynne said...

What a pretty poppy. I didn't know they came in any other color but orange. I wonder if the yellow ones grow in the wild.

I'm so happy that you have two wonderful weeks to look forward to and that you're on your way...

Have a nice time!

Elizabeth said...

Bananagrams sound right up my ally!
Such fun.
So glad you are going to visit with the new boy.
HAPPY EASTER!

Peter said...

If you like Bananagrams and/or Speed Scrabble...you may also like Online Speed Scrabble!