<< February 2019 :: March 2019

moments from the week

Harvey holding the playmat he recieved for his first Cup win

sweet victory at last!

Moments from the past week.

Harvey and Zion playing African instruments at Grandma's house

the band

Harvey blowing on a fire in the fire pit, brothers and friends watching

the snow melted off the fire pit

the boys eating a snack in the bare lobby of the HMNH

museum snack

Harvey and Zion walking on the snowy sidewalk by a white picket fence

winter walk

three barefoot boys all playing on the one porch swing

and spring silliness the next day

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moments from the week

Lijah, Natalie, and Henry buried in snow

snow buddies

Moments from the past week.

the van under about a foot of snow

it's March

Lijah blowing out candles at Grandma's house

kicking off the birthday week

Zion licking an icicle on the porch

icicle season

Lijah standing on the top of the sledding hill, well covered

on the slopes

Lijah showing off a new stuffed mouse at his birthday party

party time!

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birthday celebrations

Lijah and I just about share a birthday, and we marked them this past week. He had some parties. We kicked things off last Monday with a relaxing dinner at my parents' house that ended with a cake for each of us. My birthday was Tuesday, and I was treated to another couple of cakes; and pancakes too, since we also celebrated Shrove Tuesday that evening. Lijah turned five on Wednesday and, as has become traditional, requested pancakes for breakfast so he could have one with a candle in it. The main event was Saturday, when we hosted Lijah's friends for his long-awaited Pirate Party.

Lijah blowing out candles on his pirate cake

happy birrrrrthday!

He's had a birthday party every year, but you know it's not really the same when you're turning one, or two, or three. Four is the real deal though, and last year felt like our first experience throwing a winter party—which is to say, one where the kids might need to be inside the whole time. I think we got it now. The pirate theme absolutely demanded a treasure hunt, and unlike the one at Zion's 5-year-old pirate party it would have to be indoors. I had my doubts the kids would be able to interpret the maps I drew of our house, so I enlisted parents to help if needed (not big siblings—that would have been a disaster!). But it turns out Lijah is great at reading maps! And while he still can't find something lying on the ground if he's standing right over it, his friends were prepared to handle that part of the task. There was plenty of gold (twix bars) to share at the end of the hunt.

Lijah with Liam and Henry looking at a treasure map in the living room

"north five paces..."

Besides the treasure, we also had lots of arts and crafts supplies available, which were appreciated by adults and kids alike. And there was lots of food. Especially potato chips. With all my planning for indoor fun, the weather was actually pretty nice Saturday, so after Lijah opened his presents we all went out to run around and ride bikes on the street. The best part of March is making snowballs with your bare hands... just for target practice though. No fun to be hit with a snowball while wearing a t-shirt!

We capped the celebration week with one more party, this one at Leah's parents', on Sunday evening. Lijah got a yellow sweatsuit with a tiger face on the hood; he may take it off in a week or two, maybe.

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March weather

Harvey said today he's tired of winter. Mainly it's because he wants to be able to stop wearing boots. It can't be too bad: he was barefoot for the bike ride back from the grocery store this morning. But I think there's still too much snow on the ground for his comfort when it comes to abandoning shoes altogether. Besides that, though, the weather has been charming. I love the late winter, and we took full advantage of it today. Besides our morning's shopping—for vegetables and trousers—we spent a good chunk of time in the middle of the day outside, then capped things off with a walk before supper.

The walk was Zion's favorite thing today: he had a great time stomping through the soft snow, sinking up to his knees and rolling down piles (all without putting his hands down, since he wasn't wearing mittens). Lijah reported enjoying watching Pokemon, but if he had thought about it he might have mentioned the delightful half hour he spent playing pirates with me in the yard while Harvey and Zion worked on improving one of the tree house platforms. We also cleared out the old raspberry canes. Spring is on the way.

sickish day

It's a good thing we went outside lots yesterday, because today sickness kept us inside most of the day. It wasn't too terrible: we had a fine relaxing day, and read lots of Norse mythology. Before he started feeling poorly Harvey drew a comic called "How Odin Got His Eye Patch". Then the boys all fell asleep by 7:30, one in bed and two on the couch downstairs. So I didn't get to read bedtime stories. The lack made me very aware of how much time our bedtime routine takes up every evening. Without it, I was able to do the dishes, clean up the books and board games, finish a woodworking project, and clean off the boys' desks. Yikes, that sounds like a lot of work! I hope they're better tomorrow evening...

moments from the week

Lijah in pirate facepaint brandishing a hook

me hearty

Moments from the past week.

a view of my front wheel cycling through a giant puddle

some water on the bike path

Zion climbing a partially fallen white pine

up a tree

Lijah in the yard in his pirate costume

pirating all week

Harvey atop a very steep ornamental bridge in a park

pokemon tourism in Worcester

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