March was a month full of many highs and many emotionally draining sad days.
Nola Mae’s Christmas gift from Uncle Eddie and Auntie Kay arrived this month.
Nola Mae dressed herself like this one day.
My cousin Eric passed away this month after battling brain cancer for over six years.
This one is one of his daughter, Ashlee’s favorite pictures.
Eric was a great cousin to my brother, they were close in age and had made a lot of fun adventurous memories together – no mom would ever want to hear those stories. Eric, his brother Travis and my brother, Steve, were mostly annoying little boys to me when I lived on the farm. I do remember thinking those little Hamm boys were cute, sometimes. Eric grew up to become a kind, loving, hardworking, generous man who was a loving husband and father. He helped my Step-Dad farm, they had breakfast together almost every morning and was the best nephew and friend anyone could ever ask for. Because we have two cousins named Eric in our family, he is called “Grandpa Jerry’s Eric” who gives tractor rides by Henry. Eric was wonderful with Henry and kept him in the combine with him for a very long time.
Here is a story that was played on Wausau Channel 7: http://www.wsaw.com/home/headlines/We-Are-9-1-1—Fire-Fighters-251835861.html?device=phone#.Uy-6_COhLbt.facebook
Nola Mae had a bit of one on one time with her cousin Joey when we were home for Eric’s funeral.
There were many pairs of dress shoes in the entry way at my Mom’s house. I asked Nola Mae to put her shoes away and she found this comfy spot in Ben’s shoes.
I was able to ski with two of my sisters in the same day this winter. Becca is training for the Ironman race this fall, so we were required to skiing for at least 1.5 hours. Kayla’s brilliant idea was to make Becca pull Nola Mae in the sled. I felt like I was flying on my skis!
Getting ready for a ski.
Nola Mae strap and ready for a nap in the sled.
We skied backwards on the trails today for the Ski Backwards Party (annual spring party) . I was cruising and debating which way to go because the difficult uphill climbs are really awesome downhills during this springtime party. Just as I was bringing myself back to reality that I can’t ski ALL the trails today while pulling Nola Mae because she will wake up soon. She started screaming. I looked into the sled and saw her hands were out of her gloves and they were freezing! I sat in the snow bank next to the trail and put both of her hands in my stinky arm pits and nursed her until she was happy and her fingers were warm again. I have nursed all my kids on the ski trails at some point and can remember each time. Because it always involved screaming and a really good ski.
When Henry saw our shadow he said it looked like a “two-headed monster.”
We hit a beautiful spring day for skiing a couple times this month. One that is memorable to me is a day that I was unable to convince Henry to take the blue and black trails with me. He told me “you do the blue loop and I’ll do the green loop.” There have been times this winter that he skied ahead of me, while I packed Nola Mae into the sled, so maybe a 7 minute head start. Last year when he was almost 4 years old he left the chalet and headed out on the green trail without telling me. I had many skiers looking for him for me and he was pretty far out there (for a kid that was almost 4) when someone found him and directed him back to the chalet. One day we skied together to the shelter taking our blue loop short cut. With the promise that I would pull him up the big hill.
Here he is getting pulled down the hill to the shelter.
Once we arrived at the shelter I got him comfortable with snacks and did a small loop around the shelter area multiple times.
On another day, we went separate ways with the plan to meet at the shelter. I skied as fast as I could up the biggest hill on the blue loop to meet him back at the shelter. He told me he would play around on the hill by the shelter and that he would eat his snacks when he got tired. It was nice to get outside for the fresh air, exercise, a nap for Nola Mae and Henry getting a boost of independence because he is a big boy!
My friend, Michelle, has been a good source of hand-me-downs to our family, was doing some cleaning. She had this electric guitar that was a little broken and no being loved by her boys anymore. She wondered if Jack could fix it and would we want it? I thought, “what the heck”, maybe Jack would want it! When Jack came home I was a little nervous about what he would say to me adding to his list of things to fix. His eyes lit up and he told me he was actively looking for a used electric guitar on craig’s list. Jack was able to fix it and it is being played often at our house.
Robbie found this thin piece of ice outside and was very excited to show me and have me guess what shape it is. Can you guess?
Before one of the snows we got this month a chicken came out of the barn and was walking around in the yard. When I tried to “shoo” her back to the barn by the others she insisted on walking to the road, crossed it and there was no way I was going after her then. I said my good byes and wrote her off as a dead chicken. Especially when I woke up two days later to find snow on the ground. Later in the day, Nola Mae was in the living room telling me that there was a chicken outside. I didn’t believe her and told her that chicken is probably dead. I looked out the window, she was right, there was a live chicken out there!
I got a piece of bread and caught her!
This photo was taken just before my most recent This Moment post titled “Trust”. Henry helped Nola Mae climb the big snow bank and then she wanted to get down and he was going to help her.
Every chance Nola Mae gets she goes outside. She often asks to go outside. This is her first time going to the shop to see Papa all by herself. I remember each boys’ first trip to the shop without help. I may even have pictures of them doing it like this one.
When there are still snow banks you can sled!
The boys had a blast during the last weekend of their spring break sledding down this snow bank into the muddy grass and muddy puddle. I actually have great videos.
And when we go hiking in the field for one last sledding adventure sometime you have to pull the sled through the mud and grass.
I had an awesome morning in the sewing room! Nola Mae was on my sewing table twice and the rest of the time she played nicely. (I say that because she didn’t tip anything over or knock all my bobbins and spools of thread on the floor.) Nola Mae found a long piece of cheetah fabric and wanted “wrap!” It was too short for us so I suggested she get her baby. She went upstairs by herself to get the baby and we wrapped the baby.
One day Nola Mae wasn’t taking a nap. I suggested she get wrapped on my back while we work in the sewing room. She agreed and within minutes she was sleeping!
I shared the start of this rainbow ice dye in last month’s post.
This is what I got!
A women’s XL shirt, newborn nightgown, 2T turtle neck, 5T cotton dress shirt, newborn onesise, a pre-fold diaper,
Dylon Dye – 2 packs of tulip red, 1 pack of goldfish orange, sunflower yellow, dark green, ocean blue and intense violet.
A ring sling piece or material for a skirt, and
a piece of cotton quilting white on white fabric 54 X 54.
An ice dye of china blue and ocean blue dyes for this ring sling piece.
The shirt is how I envisioned the ring sling to turn out, with less splotches and less purple. The cloth napkin sat in the dye that dripped into the bin.
I had extra squares from my scrap quilt that I am making and made this trivet.
Henry found this scrap piece and wanted me to make him a teenage mutant ninja turtle mask.