No matter how mild the winter has been, life aboard with two small children on a 32 foot monohull is. not. fun. I repeat: not fun, do not try this at home. So the recent parade of balmy days have us–and all those around us–delirious about spring.

The kids and I quickly sought out pockets of nature near our friend’s house (where the dinghy is being built). We spent acres of time on our “nature walk,” exploring inch by inch. We found jeweled color amidst the brown. We listened to bird songs (“maybe a daddy bird is looking for a mama,” says V). We are enjoying this while it lasts.