Monday, May 16, 2016

Months of our Lives: March!

March is always busy but fun!  

The month started out well for me with a two-day women's conference and a weekend to myself at home while Peter and the boys went to Wisconsin for John's gymnastics meet. I love having the house to myself for a weekend! It feels like a relaxing vacation. Among other fun little things I did that weekend, I made myself a banana split (my favorite dessert) for the first time in a long time.   
I discovered that it's very possible to have a life of perfect order when you live alone. I would have loved that about being a single lady, had I been one!

Sam wrote on his bedroom door. With a Sharpie. 
 "Do not come in," you hear?

Pets are a homebody's best friend! 

Not a good place to stand, Violet. Ha ha ha! 

There was a bird trying to fly into our house one day. It kept flying into the window. This is an annual spring tradition, and one that I find greatly amusing. Bentwood is amused by it too, but his attention is all about a strong desire to murder, plain and simple. 
Luckily for the birds, out cats are indoor cats.
When we lived in Connecticut they once caught a bird that had somehow gotten onto our screened-in patio. It was horrifying!

Peter's parents came to visit for a few days. Grandpa is a former architect and has mad Lego skills, which Sam always appreciates. 

Speaking of Legos, does anybody else's Lego table look like this? :-/
I got Lego bins to help keep them organized, but you can see what good that's done.
My next idea, which I saw in Real Simple magazine, is to get large clear canisters and try to keep the Legos better contained in them. I'm cautiously optimistic that they might improve this messy situation. 

John turned 11 years old! 
He had a fun birthday--grandparents visiting, presents, tacos for dinner, and a Tom Brady football cake. 
He's growing up too quickly!

Sam made a temple. I thought it was cute!

We went to DisneyWorld for Spring Break. It was so much fun! It was our first proper DisneyWorld vacation, and it did not disappoint. I'm kind of obsessed with Disney vacations now, whether they be by land or by sea. My next quest is to get Peter to agree to join Disney Vacation Club. I haven't been able to convince him yet, but these things take time! I won't give up. 
I may do a post or two with some of my favorite pictures from the trip, but for now, I'll just include my two favorite souvenirs:

I had the boys' silhouettes done near Cinderella's castle in the Magic Kingdom. I love it! I will treasure this always.

An owl necklace with a Minnie Mouse bow. Perfection!

Dinner is sometimes a very funny affair.

We celebrated Sam's half-birthday! 6.5 years old!
I like that the boys' birthdays are six months apart, because it makes it easier to remember their half-birthdays, and it helps keep things nicely spaced out. 

And of course, there was Easter.
Not to be a Scrooge, but I don't like it when Easter is in March. It's usually too cold and it feels too early, and that was certainly the case again this year. I much prefer when Easter is in the middle of April. But I guess it doesn't really matter. It's the reason for the season, not the season itself, right? (Humbug!)

Dying eggs.

Easter baskets left by the bunny after the boys went to bed. 

Sam loved his super-soft anteater and chocolate bunny. 

 Hunting for eggs that that sneaky bunny hid around the house!

I tried to get a good picture of the boys in their nice Easter outfits. This was the best I was able to get. It's not perfect, but it's cute.

 Every once in awhile, I can still get away with dressing the boys alike. I have to take sneaky pictures when they're not looking to document it! 

 And that was some of our March!