This time of year is oh so bitter sweet. 60 degree days sneak into our lives and make us believe that we have finally made it to the end of winter, until we are suddenly dropped right back into a 25 degree day and we are caught in a t-shirt because we too easily believed we were free. But, as quick as mother nature can pull us back down, she seems to grace us with warm days in early March just to give us that hopeful feeling and the ability to look at each other and say, "soon". Most of our students seem ready. In fact, as it is usually a rumble of excitement when snow is in the forecast, after this long winter, our student's are grumbling and complaining at the thought that we could possibly have more snow on the ground. As long as this winter has been, it has been giving us a great gift; the ability to slow down, watch from inside, prepare and plan for when we can return to the outdoors for a prolonged period of time. Winter is very mysterious. Things go away, but where do they go? Curiosities build and build until we can no longer wait around for our questions to be answered. Going outside in all conditions is something that we use to feed our curiosity and when spring finally comes, we allow those curiosities and questions to be explored, and sometimes answered. This is why it is so important for us to stay connected with nature during the cold months. It may not be for long periods of time and it may not be as exciting, but things do happen and the only way to see them is to be present.\r\n\r\nThe feeling at school these days is a gradual swelling of excitement and energy, and cabin fever is on the rise. We are all looking at each other in the same way, saying, "soon". For now, we wait and continue to watch as the snow melts and spring prepares for it's grand entrance.\r\n\r\n\r\nLoa and Ella went hiking around the property\r\nLoa and Ella went hiking around the property and were thrilled to find tracks in the fresh snow. The girls guessed about the animals that could have made the tracks based on their location under the bushes and around to the base of the trees. They made up stories and in the end decided bunnies had left the tracks.