What I Learned in March

Seriously, is March really over already? I feel like I barely got my calendar flipped and now I have to do it again!

what i learned in march

1. I made my own jewelry caddy!



Inspired by this pin on pinterest from an etsy shop, I decided I could totally make this jewelry caddy myself. Luke had some really nice wood just laying around, so we got our preacher-pastor-carpenter-friend to use his fancy tools to cut the wood up for me. Then I painstakingly screwed in all the cup hooks until my thumbs screamed and then I roped Luke into helping. And voila! It’s just so pretty, and I love that I can see all of my jewelry now.

2. Apparently, Las Vegas and I just don’t go together.


All my true feelings were expressed here about our business trip to Las Vegas. Suffice it to say, if I never get back there again, it will be too soon.

3. My kids still love hunting for easter eggs.


I didn’t realize how important this holiday is for Landis (not for it’s religious implications mind you), until he was counting down the hours till our annual street Easter egg hunt. I’ve given up and just let my kids eat their heart out in candy on Easter, Valentine’s and Halloween. Why even fight that battle, you know? I keep hoping they’ll get a huge tummy ache and never want to eat candy again, but that has yet to happen.

4. We will not succumb to shaving Winston.

yes, that’s his brush in his mouth.

We keep telling ourselves this, and yet brushing him and maintaining his beautiful coat is an endless battle, with Luke chasing him around with a brush and sweating it out yanking out all the tangles. Winston walks around like he just doesn’t care but I know deep down inside he’s proud of the way he looks. I am also beginning to wonder if he sneaks off behind the shed and purposefully creates tangles in his fur just to have one on one time with Luke every day.

5. Parenting is just hard sometimes

I got real about the hard days of motherhood when I wrote this raw post, and I think many of you relate to it. I want to remain hopeful and encouraging, but sometimes you just have to be open about the realities of the dark days of parenting. Too often we make it look like we have it all together and never struggle, but why are we trying to fool each other that way?

6. Watching Eagles nesting live is addicting

Have you been watching the Decorah Eagles nesting? We turned it on the other day because Landis has been watching it at school, and I’m hooked. I’m not even sure how I’ve gotten anything done because all I want to do is watch. Anytime the eagle moves or turns its head or adjusts eggs I announce it to everyone. Don’t even get me started when an egg is hatching. This is what happens:



Watch it here, it’s so cool.

7. I need Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough in the refrigerator at all times.

I’m 36, and I’m finally allowing myself to admit this statement. I’m my mother’s daughter, she always had CCC dough in the frig. and still does, so I blame her, although I don’t use her recipe because I could never get it right, so I gave up and found my own. I use the Pioneer Woman’s Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, which calls for Ovaltine, which is now a basic pantry staple in my life, causing me to have a meltdown if we run out.


That’s all! Here’s to a wonderful April (one in which I will gain a teenager for the first time. pray for me!)

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