Spring Forward, RFM Readers!

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    You don’t have to look far to see signs of spring in Richmond.From the budding of the trees and the warming of the temperatures to the animals emerging from their winter hideaways, there seems to be the promise of new birth in the March air.My boys have been able to enjoy a little more time outside as the days grow longer, and pretty soon, t-ball and soccer practice will be in full swing.

    As much as I love the longer days and loathe cold weather, I must admit that in recent years, I have become quite a homebody, and I sort of relish the thought of snuggling away the winter months in my very own hibernation. Pre-kids, I was relatively social, dining out with friends most Friday nights and shopping and hanging out with my husband and our friends during our free time. So I even surprise myself when Friday night rolls around and I am giddy at the thought of spending an entire night (or weekend, if I’m really lucky) in my sweats, playing Candyland and eating popcorn with my family.

    Yes, I still enjoy a (very occasional) night out sans kids, but given the choice, I actually prefer to hang out with those little rascals. I miss many an evening networking event in favor of staying home with the family too, but I’m hopeful my business won’t suffer because of it. And after all, I can catch up with those coveted business movers and shakers at a lunch event.Heck, maybe a few of them will even respect me for trading in my heels for my kids. I know before too long, my kids will be the ones with the busy social lives, and I’ll be wishing I had more time for popcorn and games.

    So if you’re like me, trying to transition out of hibernation this month, RFM has some great ways to do just that, including our fabulous Summer Adventure Expo, Saturday, March 24, from ten to three o’clock, inside and outside at Peak Experiences Indoor Climbing Center. Come hang out with Nutzy (fresh out of his hibernation) and watch your kids climb to great heights on the soaring rock walls (for FREE!). While you’re there, we’ll arm you with tons of information to help you plan your kids’ summer activities – everything from fishing to fencing! See page 35 for more details.

    And save a little energy for the next day, Sunday, March 25, when we’ll gather at Spirited Art to create some masterpieces with our favorite small fries. Read all about the fun in the next column over!

    Enjoy this issue, and as always, we are so glad you picked up RFM!