I can actually see my kids again. No, I haven't been sent away for writing too many columns about them.
With this recent warm up, I can actually see my kids when we go outside and not just look at them all bundled up.
I can't tell you how nice it's been to not have to get them looking like spacemen when we go anywhere. During the past few months if we went out and about I could see their eyes, trademark ample cheeks and that was about it.
There was one time I was walking with my daughter during a recent nice day outside and thought - "Oh, that's how my daughter's hair looks outside."
It's because for months it was covered with a hood or hat, and sometimes both.
The younger boy still expects to put on a hat with a coat as he knows the routine. Luckily, that routine has finally been broken.
Easter weekend we had two straight days of nice weather - which have been hard to come by lately.
Running around Sunday with family I also noticed sweat on the kids. That was the first time in a long while that perspiration was flowing like that. Of course the bad part of sweat is it leads to mass quantities of water consumed which led to one wet 2-year-old in the car ride home.
I don't want to speak too soon as we are not totally out of the woods. We are still only one week removed from one of the kid's softball practices being called off - due to snow. And I fret bringing this up, but the white stuff did fall in May in Marshalltown last year.
Let's hope we paid our dues and can say sayonara to winter which saw record low temperatures, ample snow then a whole bunch of wind.
I do know we no longer have to prepare like we are walking on the moon to go outside and I've packed away my long underwear until I need to find them again at the end of this year.
And those are two good things.
Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org