The notes I made in my calendar indicate that Nate was pretty busy with work and church stuff in the spring. The first Saturday in March, he had a church leadership training meeting, so I did chores and mowed the lawn while he was gone. This probably won’t seem like a big deal to anyone but me, but it was my first time to mow. I’ve done many an outside chore in my life, including weeding and mulching the office complexes that my dad manages, planting, pruning and trimming, power washing and staining fences and decks, etc. I’d never mowed, though. I guess my dad thought I might chop my foot off so I guess that I, too, thought I might do that. I can’t say that mowing was anything monumental, but I will say that it brought down the strange, unnecessary mental barrier that I had about it. After Nate’s church meeting, the kids and I met him at Southpark Meadows for a Greek dinner and Amy’s ice cream (Maisy’s favorite part). I remember it being a nice evening out as a family. We didn’t take any pictures, though, so here are a bunch of pics of Maisy and her friends at Mother’s Day Out during February and March:
On Sunday the 8th, we had Stake Conference at 9am, which was quite a change from 2pm church. After we got home, we still had practically the whole day ahead of us, as opposed to getting home at 5:30pm or so and immediately needing to make dinner, eat, clean up, and think about bedtime! We hung some stuff on walls around the house (namely frames that are still waiting to be filled with pictures… my bad), we played with the kids, Nate and Maisy made brownies, and we watched a movie as a family. It was like a recharge day. Sometimes I don’t realize how much our family needs a recharge day until we have one and our canteens get refilled.
Laney and her family were in town the week of the 9th for Cory’s Spring Break, so we played with Sheppy and also had Liddiard family dinners a couple nights that week.
On Saturday the 14th, we drove to Dallas for our niece Zoe’s baby blessing the next day. The Steeds went as well, and it was the first time we’d seen Nate’s parents since their mission. It was great to see them again! We went to dinner at Rudy’s the first evening (Q mostly crawled around under the table and tried to run around the restaurant), then Nana busted out a bunch of African swag that they’d brought back from Ghana – beads, soccer jerseys, clothes, and bags! The kids thought it was as fun as opening Christmas presents, and even Zoe got a bracelet.
Zoe’s blessing was on Sunday at church. Nate took some nice family photos afterwards.
On Monday, we drove back to Austin, stopping halfway to spend part of the day at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco.
Later gator! I worked on Tuesday, then we went to Rochelle and Jamie’s for dinner before going to the latest Night at the Museum movie at the discount theater. On Wednesday, we went to the rodeo fair, overlapping time with both sides of our families. That night, we went to the rodeo with my family and Nate’s parents, then stayed for part of the Beach Boys concert. The rodeo over Spring Break is a tradition that we look forward to, and the kids enjoy it more each year. Quincy felt put out that he couldn’t ride anything but the merry-go-round and ferris wheel, so next year should be better for him. Maisy and Carson had a blast riding things together, and all the kids loved the animals. I had a sweet moment with a baby goat that was less than a day old. Quincy also loved the cotton candy (like his mama), but Maisy wouldn’t try it. She’s sometimes not very good at trying new things.
On Thursday, we picked up Subway for lunch and then walked the lake trail with Nate’s parents, Rochelle, and the kids.
After playing at the park at Southpark Meadows and eating dinner at SmashBurger, we went back to our house for a slideshow of photos and videos from Russ and Shelley’s mission. After Shelley’s fabulous mission letters, there was still so much to see and hear about! We hung out at our house on Friday, playing outside with Rochelle and the kids and then grilling before Russ and Shelley’s flight home early that evening. The kids were tired that night from the week of Spring Break activities, so they zonked and we got to end the night with a movie.
The rest of March wasn’t as eventful as Spring Break week, but it was still good with normal daily stuff to appreciate. We went to the Thinkery a few times during the month, including an afternoon with the Blankenbergs. We like to get Chipotle on Thinkery days. Q-bert loves black beans, and he’s quite a fan of rice as well. Too bad we’re such messy patrons!
I noted in my calendar that I went on a bit of a cooking streak in March, but it only lasted a couple weeks before the kids got sick again and I diverted my free attention to that instead. I really cook in fits and bursts… Or is it fits and spurts?
I went all out on Easter decorations and even did a bit of crafting for the holiday, which isn’t altogether like me. I was looking forward to this Easter more than even I usually do and, like Halloween, it was another holiday that happened as specially as I’d anticipated. Here the kids are playing with Easter toys and books while I decorated:
And if that weren’t enough pics, below are a few more to round out March’s post! Our kids love to sit inside this ottoman in our bedroom like a bird’s nest, pretending to read the books off the shelf in our room.
They likewise enjoy looking at books in the playroom upstairs, and also being read to almost anytime. It makes me so happy to be able to enjoy books as a family!