Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring!

March 20th could not get here fast enough. I was so ready to break out of winter! I am enjoying an extended 12 day spring break with Lex and Eli and getting caught up on lots of chores around the house. I thought I would take some time to update what we've been up to this month.

You know the old saying that March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb? Well how's this for confirmation? March 2nd, we received our first significant snow fall of the year, a large contrast from last year when we used all our snow days and then some.


Here's Lex in full snow gear from head to toe, finally getting a chance to wear those snow boots!


Eli hiking around the yard finding snow to eat.

So that was the 2nd day of March. Now fast forward, just 1 week and here's what we were doing.



 Riding bikes at the park with no jackets! Yeah for 60 degree weather. See the remnants of the snow from just the week before? 
 

And Eli is riding a big boy bike now too! Still a little scary for mommy because he doesn't have the reflexes yet to catch himself when he tips over. What a champ though - he went around the whole track at the park by himself!


Worn out! It's so unlike him to fall asleep in the living room. He likes the comfort of his own bed.


Something else that's new this month (actually beginning in February) is that Lex started piano lessons. We found a great teacher who uses the Suzuki method and Lex absolutely loves it. He has had 4 lessons (we are only doing every other week lessons until he finishes preschool) and has learned so much already. And the bonus is that Eli is picking up on it really fast just by watching Lex! I am so proud of them both.

As a result of the aforementioned lack of snow days this school year, we ended up with a longer than normal spring break - 12 days, in fact. So to start our extended break, I loaded up the boys and took them to Ohio for some family time. One of the things we did was visited a small farm where we saw several baby goats, one of which was only 8 days old.


Lex loved how he could stick his finger out and they would suck on it.



Here are Lex and Eli and 2 cousins climbing the gate to see the cows behind the barn.



And even though there were baby goats, sheep, and cows on this farm, Eli was most interested in the cat. He followed that thing all over the place trying to pet it. This is not the first time he's done this when he sees a cat. Although we are a loyal dog type of family, I wonder if we are going to end up with a cat in our house one day.


Lex showing Eli how to get the goat to suck.


And then we did one of our favorite things to do at Mamaw and Papaw's house - we took a walk around the duck pond just behind their house. It was chilly but so great for the cousins to spend time together.

So now we are resting at home for the remainder of our spring break. Well, the boys are resting, I've been busy storing away our winter coats, deep cleaning the refrigerator, cleaning up the flower beds outside, changing furniture around in the boys' bedroom, and watching TED talks on Netflix. Looking forward to getting out and hiking soon!