March 2013 – Month 3
March was a busy month for us and a good month for photos. We took a lot of photos which made it difficult to decide what to share and put in this month’s blog post. I was able to post six different blog posts in the month of March to share photos and events instead of putting them all here.
Charlie is very good about getting his reading homework done. Nola Mae was interested in sitting on his lap for about two of the four books he needed to read.
Since we got serious about co-sleeping 3+ years ago we have made our bedroom more co-sleeping friendly. The best improvement was to throw out the bed frame and put the box spring and mattress on the floor. For many months Nola Mae has been able to crawl off the bed. Now she can get onto the bed. One day I was working on the computer (just outside my room) and Nola Mae was in my room. I heard the sound of tissue being pulled out of the box. She was so excited, laughing and smiling and trying to roll in the pile.
We spent a weekend in the Chicago area (click here to see that post). Robbie designed and built these vehicles with the Legos we bought from the Lego store.
If you read my Chicago Trip post you learned about my use of bad words. Which resulted in more bad words being said at home. I have always had a fowl mouth and having kids has helped me (a little), but not cured me. The boys like to talk about many “P” words at the dinner table. Jack started a bad word jar that week. We all agreed that the money in the bad word jar would go to his Rotary Club. Money motivates everyone in our family. We may not have much to give the Rotary Club, after the first few days the bad words drastically decreased.
A few of my mom friends have taken pregnant belly photos of themselves and then when the baby is nine months old they take a photo of them holding the baby. My version is on cross-country skis.
Nine Months In. Nine Months Out.
Jack’s birthday is this month.
March was the best month for skiing, snow shoeing and playing outside. I have been working on a winter skiing post. My excuse for not having it completed is that the skiing just kept on going, our last day on skis was April 3rd. I have many favorite days of skiing this year – one that I will always remember is the day I skied for 4+ hours with friends, our mission was to ski on every trail at Iola Winter Sports Club.
Henry and I invited ourselves over to our neighbor, Anna’s, to go snow shoeing with her.
We had an ice rink in our field. Jack took multiple photos of Charlie and made it into one.
Henry and I went snow shoeing on our property. I took the orange sled in case he got tired and then I could pull him. It turns out he was tired before we even hit our woods. I got a great workout that day. (I think he is trying to catch the big snow flakes on his tongue.)
Nola Mae is easily entertained watching her brothers play outside. Lately she has been not happy about being on this side of the window. She will watch them for a few minutes laughing and squealing with excitement and then flop her body on the floor crying.
I was able to drag our whole family to the ski hill two or three times this year.
Nola Mae loves the snow (loves to eat it) and tries to escape out of the house every time the door opens.
Our school had a few days off around Easter weekend. We had an egg hunt on the ski trails with my friends Mary and Phil and all of our kids. It was a blast!
More outside photos are in my First Spring Walks post.
Nola Mae’s activity around the house has been a lot of fun (for her). March was the month she has taken her furniture climbing to a new level.
And she has gotten into some messy things.
Jack finished his game table, a very nice addition to the beautiful furniture he has made for our home.
Coloring eggs is always fun for the boys.
I am getting a little more brave in my soap making. I have always wanted to try to naturally color a batch of soap. My first attempt was with cinnamon. When I first cut the soap after 24 hours it looked like this, to my chocolate loving eyes, I thought it looked like peanut butter cups.
After the inside was exposed to air for about 15 minutes it darkened to a very pretty dark brown.
Jack bought lights and backdrops for his photography. He took many pictures of us with the black backdrop.
I seem to have different wrapping photos each month and this seems like a good place to put them. These are my favorites.
Robbie wrapped himself up in the long brown packing paper that came in the box with Jack’s photography equipment. Henry wanted to wear his deer with his Mei Tai.
In the wrapping world mamas often share a “stash shot”. If you don’t believe me, google “stash shot” in Google images! My little stash won’t look so big either.
Henry’s fish DIY Mei Tai, black Ergo, DIY green Mei Tai, top of pile – Zara Velvet 6, Light Rainbow diamond weave 7, DIY lavender linen 7, Ellaroo Ysable Medium, and DIY plum Ring Sling.
My two favorite wraps are my Zara and my Girasol Light Rainbow.
On Easter Henry stopped breastfeeding. I made a cake to celebrate the day. He went to school and told his class that he has a nuking birthday party on Easter. The teachers didn’t understand what he was explaining and thought that he had his story mixed up with his upcoming birthday. This Moment – Tandem Breastfeeding