* The kids get stuck in the tree (and get grounded from the tree for going out on a limb too far the first day they get in it).
* Christmas presents that are outdoor toys start coming out of hiding, like the air rockets.
* $4 Goodwill finds like the baby backpack for Daddy to take the kids hiking get a trial run.
*The kids start looking for their gardening gloves to dig in the dirt (skip the growing things, they just want to play in the muddy soil).
*And the most exciting spring indicator this year is...our new Tetherball set we got from Dave's brother and sister-in-law.