April 2013 – Month 4
Our last day of skiing was April 3rd! A beautiful day for us, except both of us were low on patience and energy. More pictures and the story are in my post Winter of Skiing.
Henry had a great wipe-out and was not happy that I was taking photos. He went down the hill and around the corner first. When I went down the hill I came to this pile of a boy.
Grandma Hanna was here for her birthday. Jack got the boys up earlier to have a birthday pancake with her before going to school on the bus.
And then a few days later it was Henry’s birthday.
Grandpa Rob brought a lantern for us to send off. We watched it slowly blow over the barn (I held my breath until it was over the barn), slowly go higher and we saw where it went down about a half mile from our house. The two older boys rode their bikes and found the darn thing. Which meant they had to send it off again with a few minor repairs.
And then the next day it was Nola Mae’s birthday. My three favorite photos of her this month.
I made a few cupcakes from the batter of Henry’s cake so Nola Mae could have her own cake on her birthday.
Around her birthday, Nola Mae, was taking about four steps at a time and two weeks later she was doing about 8 – 10 and almost a month later she is taking more steps than you can count. Every time she would take a few steps Henry would say, “SHE TOOK FOUR STEPS!” in the most excited voice you ever heard. I hope that he continues to be her encouraging brother.
Henry stopped nursing a week before his birthday and one of the things we started doing in the mornings to replace our nursing times is cuddle and read books. On this morning he waited very patiently for me with his pile of books. I always say, “Get your books ready while I get my coffee.” This day I got distracted and he was quietly waiting and waiting.
Charlie and Robbie had long hair over the winter months. Charlie came home one day from school and said he was ready for a hair cut and wanted it to be like his friend, Gavin’s. I don’t go to school very often and didn’t really know what kind of hair-do Gavin had so I asked Charlie to draw a picture of him. Just to be sure we were clear on what he wanted done. Pretty simple hair cut! And he is just as handsome as Gavin.
We had ice and snow come in April that caused a two-hour delay of school. I went outside to take care of my animals and heard an odd sound coming from the woods. Then I realized it was the ice coated branches clanking.
My friend Kristin who is a runner and a skier told me about the Wood County Breastfeeding Coalition 5K run in Marshfield. I took Nola Mae and pushed her in the stroller. It was a great morning for a run and it felt good to be running after a long winter of skiing. I was hanging out after the race getting us packed up and Nola Mae fed before we left so she could sleep in the car all the way home. I was listening to the awards being announced expecting Kristin to have placed in her age group and to my great surprise I placed 3rd in my age group and got this awesome medal!
Iola Winter Sport Club had a trail run on April 14th, run by Great Lake Endurance which benefits my youth ski program. There was a great turn out considering the weather was terrible for trail running, they should have worn snow shoes! I made two nescos of Black Bean Veggie Soup for the race and had to take a photo of my ingredients and the veggies cooking in my big pot.
Since I am talking about food this is a perfect place for me to put these egg photos. I was frying some eggs for breakfast and grabbed the two biggest ones.
In this photo one of the yokes looked like it was supposed to be a shell.
Here is what a normal double yoke should look like!
These snow pictures are from the afternoon of April 14th. Making a snowman!
Actually three of them.
It is unbeliveable…Nola Mae is a crazy climber! One morning I was in the kitchen and heard her laughing and giggling all by herself in the living room. I grabbed the camera and ran in there to find her on top of the table with her legs dangling down. At first I accused Henry of putting her up there and he denied it, whole heartedly. Then I realized that he was playing in the toy room.
I put her back down on the floor and watched her. She climbed onto the chair and then onto the table in a matter of three seconds.
Five days after the snowmen Nola Mae found icicles to eat.
Lately, I have been sewing a lot and Henry has been wanting to make a skeleton. I had no idea what he was talking about. We were in the sewing room and he started talking about a skeleton and finally I asked him if he could draw it for me. He told me, “I ALREADY DID!” and ran upstairs to get his paper. He picked out the right colors from my bag of felt pieces. I cut out all the parts, the left legs are suppose to be shorter (just like the picture!) and they must have feet (not in the picture). He helped me pin it together. I called this thing a bug many times and was corrected that it is a skeleton. I was confused and I have learned you don’t argue with a four-year old! Now that I am writing this story I think he might be talking about a centipede. I’ll have to ask him in the morning.
April 26th – crocuses blooming in my ditch.
We took a walk around town while Robbie was in piano lessons.
Nola Mae watching and learning or watching and thinking “my brothers do silly things”?
I love this photo of Nola Mae’s blue eyes.
I made these capes this month. Charlie’s cape is made out of some fabric I found at a thrift store and Robbie’s is from a curtain from a thrift store (sneak peak at one of my upcycled sewing projects).
I am starting to move out of my comfort zone in my soap making. I was inspired to try something new when my friend Rhonda asked to purchase a variety of my soaps. My newest soap has dried enough to be packaged up. The cinnamon bars are pretty nice! They have a little cinnamon smell to them and I can feel the cinnamon particles doing some scrubbing.
I have used alpaca wool felted soap, my friend who is an awesome soap maker introduced me to her felted soap. The bar that I got from her I used in the shower on my face. The wool was soft and felt like it was a gentle scrubbie that cleaned my face very well. It also lasted forever. I have searched YouTube and read a few books on felting. Originally, I wanted to felt some toys for Henry. The toys never were made and I had some felting wool. I used the wool for my little bars of soap. I love it.
Thanks for reading my blog and putting up with some of my rambling! I get a lot of pleasure out of putting these photos and stories together. It helps me appreciate the good days, helps me feel like I do get things accomplished and helps me remember what we have done.