On Wednesday, April 1st, I did yard work while the kids played outside, and I made freezer jam. I snapped a couple pictures of our pansies and our snapdragons that were so happy all spring and most of the summer, too. That evening, the kids and I got P Terry’s for dinner, which we took to a park where Nate met us after work.
Maisy started swim lessons at the gym on Thursday the 2nd, and she really enjoyed it. She’s growing up right before our eyes, and we so enjoy her company.
Here are a few instagrams from the beginning of April that we have in chatbooks but I’d like documented here, as well. The first 2 are of playing with wheeled vehicles with Mimi, the next is of a happy post-bath snuggle with Daddy, and the last was a night at Boathouse Grill that was especially memorable for Maisy because of the balloon flower:
Easter weekend was also General Conference, and it’s a treat when they line up. On Saturday morning, we listened to conference on our outside speakers while planting stuff that we’d bought at the nursery the day before.
Following the afternoon session, we had an egg hunt and BBQ at Tara and Tyson’s. The weather was awesome, and we enjoyed a cool night around the fire pit.
On Sunday, the family came out to our house to watch conference and have dinner.
Similar to Maisy at 18 months, Quincy had started jumping out of his crib without fear. The second week of April, we resigned ourselves to the fact that he wasn’t going to forget that he could escape his bed, and we converted the crib into a toddler bed. Q had formerly been pretty good about going down and sleeping in his crib, but try reasoning with a 19-month-old mini maniac, albeit a very cute one, who has recently discovered that he can get out of bed whenever he feels like it. Sometimes we’d have to lock him in his room (until he also figured out how to unlock the door), but most of the time we extend our bedtime routine until he falls asleep and therefore stays put, meaning one of us sits in his room while he falls asleep… You do what you’ve got to do – whatever works for your family.
The second weekend in April, a nasty cold combined with allergies and pink eye was in full force for both Maisy and Quincy. By Saturday, I’d come down with the cold as well, so Nate took care of the kids the first half of the day while I rested, then he made me a yummy late breakfast.
I rallied on Saturday afternoon to help Nate with some yard work, but the kids and I stayed home from church on the 12th so we wouldn’t share our germs.
My mom flew to Utah on Monday before my Papa’s heart surgery on Tuesday, which went miraculously well for his age. It was such a blessing because my Grandma needs him to take care of her.
The kids were still pretty sick Monday and Tuesday, so we were stuck inside. During naps one of the days, I snuck outside to plant some flower pots. I took some more pictures of the yard to remember our progress and also document how pretty the flowers were in the spring. (The yard doesn’t look nearly this good right now.)
We had a horseshoe pit area done in the back corner of the yard during April. Here are some “during” shots:
The kids and I finally ventured into the outside world on Wednesday to have lunch and pick up my mom from the airport, but the kids still weren’t back to themselves. Nate went on a quick work trip to Washington, DC on the 16th and 17th.
While Daddy was gone, I took the kids to the doctor to make sure their ears or sinuses hadn’t gotten infected. The doctor said it was just a nasty, lingering cold, and to keep doing what we were doing. On Sunday the 19th, we had dinner at my parents’ before they flew to Utah the following day for Kenzie and Joe’s graduation from BYU, and to help them move down to Austin for the summer. Maisy started a once-a-week soccer camp on Monday the 20th.
Before and after that, the kids hung out at the office while I got some work done. Between soccer, swim lessons, play dates, and Mother’s Day Out, Maisy had plenty to keep her busy in April and May, but both she and Quincy missed Mimi while she was gone. Tara helped me a lot with the kids until Kenzie and Joe got in town and were able to babysit while I worked. Here the tots are one afternoon with Tara at the park:
My mom stayed in Utah for most of May, helping take care of Papa and Grandma until Papa recovered enough from his surgery to resume the tasks of their daily life. That’s for May’s post, though. Other April happenings… Nate tamed his sock drawer and turned it into a rainbow of organization:
We bought the red bench that I’d been eyeing at Lowes:
Quincy became very attached to any nerf gun or cap gun that he found, often napping with them in the car. He developed the same feelings about basketballs:
We had a flagstone path and side bed put it in our front side yard:
The kids played and made colorful messes:
We rested some, too:
And that was April! We’ll close with a shot of Maisy as well as some photos of the lovely nature from our yard in the spring. During the hot summer months, we cherish the memory of spring!
C’mon Autumn, we’re ready for you!