Monthly Archives: March 2013

Rough Start

25 March 2013
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After so much excitement last night, we awoke to 3 inches of snow. Not the end of the world we knew it was coming and we don’t anticipate it staying for long. It was the sounds of someone vomiting that killed the buzz of great day. Aubrey is sick, and old enough to understand what that means for her Spring Break. Looks like plans are going to have to be altered a bit. Sigh…



Again, no Hallie pictured. She was sleeping because she was up multiple times in the night.



Notice in this picture of sick Aubrey she has a note on her dresser telling us what she wanted in her crepe for her breakfast in bed. “No cream cheese” is what is says. Poor baby, she was so excited and now is too sick to enjoy it.






Spring Break Staycation

24 March 2013
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I have spent all week torturing the children. See spring break is this week, and due to it being so close to Easter and a huge snowstorm we decided to do a stay-cation. Only I told the kids that we were having a Spring Clean-cation. I carried the story to the very end, even printing up spring cleaning check lists for the kids to follow. They rebelled and shredded the check lists on my bed tonight. I just smiled and told them they would be eating liver and onions for a week and sent them to bed. It was all in fun, they knew I was up to something, just not sure what.

After the kids were all in bed, I went downstairs and blasted some music. They were all puzzled and came down the stairs to see what in the world was wrong. There sitting in the living room was their Stay-Cation Survival Basket. It included their itineraries for the week. It was also loaded with new sunglasses, soda, gold fish crackers, and candy (all things banned from our house). Candy isn’t always banned, I just don’t buy it often. Here are their reactions.

You can look at our itinerary here:

Staycation Itinerary 2013








Poor little Hallie, she was so exhausted tonight she was asleep in the 5 minutes it took me to go downstairs and get things ready. She will have to learn about our week tomorrow. Kids are back in bed, and I’m hoping for a week full of fun and adventure.




Dreary Winter

2 March 2013
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Our first winter in Ohio was terrible, our second winter┬ábearable, this winter wins the dreary award. There hasn’t been a ton of snow, and what we did get quickly melted away with a rain storm. But the sun has been missing for a very long time. Monday we had a very nice day so Hallie and I went on a walk to the lake to bask in her glory.


We listened to the sound of the cracking ice and played with the thin shards as they moved up on shore. We haven’t see the sunshine since, and the kids are all sick. It’s been a miserable week, but I know Spring is just around the corner.

Hallie has been taking swim lessons

A picture from outside our living room window.

I’ve lost 17 pounds, but had a rough week sticking to my eating habits. Time to renew my commitment.

Emma is taking a sewing class and Tanner just started a class to be able to compete in swim team. Everyone is ready for Spring Break, and I wish I had somewhere amazing to take them, but I’m afraid a staycation is our future this year. Of course, last year we went to Great Wolf Lodge, and it was 80 degrees, and this year it’s dreary and miserable and I don’t have a us planned to go anywhere to get out of the muck. Pray for a heat wave that week.