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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  • Naomi

    I’m loving your “what I learned in . . . ” posts! maybe I’ll start my own. (maybe) 🙂

    • Jamey N

      YES! Naomi you must! – usually when I see Gab’s post I think wait a minute another month ended!

      • Me too though, the months are flying by.

    • yay! You should start your own. Do you still have a blog? (i jest…)

  • Amy Liebmann Gant

    I hopped over from Emily’s blog and loved reading your post. Some parenting days are hard! This morning I put my head on the table AND cried in my coffee. This afternoon things look brighter and God is still good. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks for reading, Amy! And yep, I can totally relate to the crying into your coffee thing, or into the pot I’m stirring at dinner time and pretending that it’s the onions 🙂 God is good!

  • Jamey N

    Love this! I was like I should make a jewerly caddy because yours looks so amazing, but then I remembered that I own two pair of earrings – one pair, one is lost (so sad) and the other pair has one that is broken. I think I own zero necklaces. My kids LOVED our easter egg hunt, even though we had to drive to Walmart and I ran in because Noah confessed to me the threw out all the eggs I had be “saving” for a project.

    • Hmm, we’ll have to see that your christmas person knows your need of fun jewelry! And that is so funny that Noah threw the Easter eggs away. We have a system on our street now–one of the neighbors stores all of them for us in big trash bags. Although somehow I still end up with a container of them in my attic.

  • Shaina

    Hi friend,

    I am here from Emily’s blog and I really loved reading your lessons.From a cookie obsessed girl to another—you are awesome 🙂


    • Ooh thanks for visiting! It takes one to know one!

  • I’m totally the same way about holiday candy. I mean, we try to eat healthy stuff most of the time (and mine are pretty good eaters) so I don’t see why not. It’s not like it’s every day! And I’m with you on the chocolate chip cookie dough. Yum! Also, my little girl is super into birds right now, so thanks for sharing about the eagle cam!