These are the tulips I noticed on my walk in the neighborhood on the rainy weekend. I seem to be noticing things much more vividly lately – things I normally wouldn’t pay much attention to like getting gas for my car, driving the kids to school, running into friends on the playground – you know, the normal stuff you just do… Dropping in at Trader Joe’s, eating ice cream, cold baseball games, the rain… what’s going on? I’m slowing down and paying attention to my routines and am hyper aware that they will soon change. I like this awareness thing – I like noticing and being present and in the moment – seeing and feeling the rain and playing in it vs. running inside to stay dry. And letting the kids play outside, letting kids be kids. And when the time changed last week, I let them stay outside longer than I normally would so they can shoot hoops after dinner instead of rushing through the normal nightly routine. It’s good to slow down and pay attention and to enjoy what is. Life is good.