March 4th was my 28th birthday. I celebrated with 2 children throwing up that morning and feeling bad all day. Our plans for the day were scrapped and we stayed home all day and stayed in our pajamas! Everybody was feeling fine by the weekend so we had lunch in downtown Chattanooga to celebrate.
I’ve been baking with sourdough since starting a wild starter in January. It’s been fun learning about sourdough and making pancakes, muffins, pie crusts and breads. This beautiful artisan loaf is the best bread I’ve made yet. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to make a loaf this good since but I’m hopeful with more practice, I’ll be able to bake consistent loaves!
My husband was gone for 5 days mid March and I had sweet little bed buddies while he was gone. I just love watching my little ones sleep!!
This spontaneous ‘hug a bunny’ moment brightened my day! Our Kroger had a huge Easter display with all kinds of candy, balloons, baskets, stuffed animals and giant bunnies. We were walking by and Weston just headed straight for one of the big bunnies and gave it a huge hug. Big, stuffed bunnies are just too much for loving 3-year-olds to resist!
March was full of beautiful days and we spent so much time outside. One early evening, Paxton came inside and went into the living room. We soon discovered him curled up on a quilt. This was the very first time in his almost 5 years of life that he fell asleep on his own during the day (not sick or in a car seat!). We were amazed. All of the sunshine and running around wore this little guy out!
We had been hoping that we would be able to sell our home and move to a small farm that we found at the beginning of the year but that hasn’t worked out for us. Instead, we’re waiting for the dream and embracing where we are. We built some new raised beds, transplanted strawberries (shown above), started lettuce, peas, onions and potatoes and started some seeds. I just love gardening!
Cecilia turned one on March 20th! We had such a lovely simple birthday for our sweet baby girl. (This photo shows her a few hours after she was born, wearing her very first hair bow that her brothers picked out! She wore the same bow on her first birthday too!)
Mothering three leaves me exhausted. Between my early risers and night owls, it seems like not a moment goes by when I’m not on mommy duty. Most nights, I tell myself ‘I’ll be productive once they’re asleep.’ But, then it takes what seems like forever to get little folks to sleep. I’ve not been worrying as much about being productive lately, instead I’ve been just savoring their night time sweetness. I have one darling little 3-year-old son who just loves being held, snuggled or lying beside mommy. Our baby girl’s baby days are fleeting. And, night time chats with my almost 5-year-old are some of my favorite times.
We have a great little park less than 2 miles from our house and we’ve spent quite a bit of time there on these pretty spring days. Cecilia loves climbing the stairs to the play set and crawling/walking around! (And, isn’t she just adorable with those two little piggy tails?!)
On March 31st, we went to Gatlinburg for the Tennessee FFA Convention. This year marked 10 years since John David was a state FFA officer. His team was recognized as a milestone team and we were able to enjoy dinner with all but one of his teammates. It was fun bringing our little ones to the FFA convention, seeing old friends and reminiscing on our FFA days.