You know how they say March "Comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb?" Well it for sure came in like a lion, winter weather, rain, and misery, just like it's supposed to do. And then about this time last week, I thought for sure we would be set to go out like a lamb, given a week of moderate temperatures and sunshine. But do you know what it did yesterday? It snowed! And not just flurries. It started with little tiny icy pellets, followed by giant snowflakes, which melted as soon as they hit the warm ground. But still. Snow! Um, no. Watching the snow hit my lonely blooming tulip in the front garden brought on far more emotions than weather should bring. To anyone. Moving on to April and praying for weather in the 60's - and no more snow on my tulip.
So let's see... what have we done this month?
Outdoors. and lots of it. It's funny how in the fall when it dips below 50 degrees, you bundle up, stand close to fires, and cozy up indoors. But after a harsh winter with tons of snow, and frigid rain that never stops, when it hits 50 degrees, it's shorts and t-shirt weather. Our first day out without jackets was so good for my soul. We walked to the end of our culdesac where our city piles gravel and rocks from who knows where for who know what. It's a 7 and 9 year old's dream for a playground. They ride their bikes down the rock hills, run down them, and much to my dismay, slide down them on their rear ends, because you know, they don't care if they rip their jeans sliding down a bunch of rocks. Then they jump from mound to mound, calling it parkour, which most definitely is not.
The full moon coincided with Spring Equinox this month. It also happened to be a super moon. The next morning, we tried to get a clever picture of Eli "holding" the moon. After a dozen shots, with Lex directing him to move his hand "half an itch to the right," this is the best we managed. At least it's close to his hand, casually suspended on the tip of his thumb. Maybe next month.
Lex had a piece of his art chosen for his school's art show at a local bank. So we we went and checked it out. His picture is the one on the top left.
We made our first trip of the season to the park on a beautiful spring day. I was happy to see that the boys have not outgrown the play equipment, the monkey bars, or the sandbox. They had a blast in the fresh air, and so did I!
We went on a couple of hikes this month. The first was our first outing with the Boy Scouts at our favorite spot, Three Creeks. I thought we had covered every inch of these trails with as many times as we've been there, but on this trek, we went down a new path and found an incredible cave. We hiked more than 3 miles and it felt amazing! I took tons of pictures, but won't post them since they all have other kids in them. Here's one lonely picture of the creek. It wasn't as high as it was last November when we were here last.
I also took the boys out for a day hike one day during Spring Break. I wrote about it here. We hiked 2 different trails at Rock Bridge State Park, the Grassland and Sinkhole trails. It was the hottest day of the year, and perfect for being outside. Especially since 3 days later, it snowed. That's spring for you.
There's a new place close to us where you can get your practice throwing axes, knives, and throwing stars. We tested it out on a Saturday afternoon with a group of friends. It took a while to get the "swing" of it, but eventually, I hit the target! It was so satisfying swinging that axe over my head and letting it fly. Check out how close I was to the Bulls eye. I did that! If you're looking for something adventurous to do, you can rent lanes by the hour at the Axe House.
This was one of those months where I just didn't cook a lot of new things. We were more in survival mode, trying to get from one day to the next. This is not an efficient way to plan menus, since I was at the grocery store about 4 times a week making sure we had what we needed. I'm hoping to do better in April. One grocery store trip per week. We'll see.
A few things I did manage to not only cook, but also photograph:
St. Patrick's Day. Every year, I search for new Irish recipes, and always find this soda bread. I finally decided to make it this year to go with our Corned Beef and Cabbage. I had planned on blogging the recipe, but that didn't happen either. It isn't anything fancy, but let's face it, anytime you can slather homemade bread with butter and eat it with a hearty stew, it's pretty comforting. The benefit is that it's really easy to make. You can find the recipe I used here.
We loved this Asparagus Greek Salad. Jeremy and I ate it for a meal. Nothing else. Just this salad.
I will make these lemon cookies again and again. They are quite possible my favorite cookie ever.
We also grilled for the first time of the season. I'm seriously looking forward to adding grilled food to our menu rotation. Here's to a better food month in April with many more new recipes.
And now, for some of our Sunday selfies this month.
2019 is 1/4 of the way over. Here's to a new month of adventures in spring weather!