Well, they do say that March comes in like a lion. And, this year that was certainly true! The beginning of the month saw the first of four nor’easters hit.
This first storm brought torrential rain and high winds, and left many without power. The second storm came less than a week later, accompanied by wet, heavy snow and more power outages. The third storm, a week later again, was the doozy, with 20 inches of snow in less than 24 hours. The fourth one was a damp squib, forecast to dump another foot of snow on us, we got barely a dusting. Not that I was complaining!
So, March has been all about the weather, and true to the saying it is going out like a lamb, with the warmest days we’ve had all month!
Despite the weather at the beginning of the month, my husband and I braved the rain and enjoyed a rare evening out at a school fundraiser. Lots of fun and chat and laughs, and some luck in the raffles! We left with a basket full of prosecco and a bag full of chocolate chip cookies!
The weekend saw my husband and younger son head off on a Cub Scout sleepover on a battleship and my little girl do her first Girl Scout cookie booth. I think it will be a while before the image of her dancing outside our local supermarket singing ‘get your cookies, get your wonderful wonderful girl scout cookies…’ will fade. What a girl!
The second storm arrived with the heaviest, wettest snow. The garden was coated in a thick layer, and the smaller trees and shrubs were flattened by the weight. We had to go on a tree rescue mission! The kids got a snow day, and we had our first experience of the Blizzard Bag trial, whereby the kids each had to complete a set of course work tasks allowing it to count as a day of school and not be added on at the end of the year.
It was remarkably painless. My eldest did all his work online first thing and got it out of the way, my little girl enjoyed all her writing and drawing tasks and my younger son got through it, albeit with a little more complaining that the other two!
We then had one of the busiest weekends of the year so far, with the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby, the Middle School play, the final basketball match of the season and a dress rehearsal for the Destination Imagination tournament.
It was a crazy weekend of juggling and swapping kids, but it was a lot of fun.
I can’t tell you how proud I was of my eldest, who had his first speaking role in the Middle School play, the comedy Break a Leg. He was awesome! So funny, so confident and it was a pleasure to watch. The show was amazing. The quality of the performances, the set and the staging was incredible, especially considering that they only had three weeks of rehearsal time.
My son loved every minute of it, although I think being recognized and complimented while we were grabbing lunch downtown after the second show may have been a highlight!
Another week, another snow storm. And, it being the biggest storm of the year so far, where was my husband? Yes, that’s right. In Mexico for work.
This storm resulted in two snow days, the first of which was another Blizzard Bag day. The second however will have to be added on at the end of the year.
Thankfully my neighbor took our snow blower out and did a huge amount of clearing on the driveway, but when we woke up on the second day there was another five or six inches from overnight. And, my car was well and truly trapped!
But, big shout out to the kids, they were a huge help with the shoveling and between the four of us we managed to clear the driveway and rescue my car. I couldn’t move the next day, but we did it.
The kids were back at school on the Thursday and that evening I survived band night, which the eldest was playing in, with the two wee ones, despite my little girl falling asleep on her chair… I think we were all a bit tired by then!
The weekend was another busy one, but thankfully my husband was back by then. Saturday was the Destination Imagination tournament, where my younger son and his team-mates came second in their category. And, Sunday was the New England swimming championships where my eldest achieved two personal bests. A good weekend all round.
And then, my little girl turned six!
So, it was another busy week getting organized for her birthday. With all the snow and snow days, I wasn’t quite as ready as I had hoped to be, so there was a fair amount of running around to do. But, we got there, and she had an awesome day.
Building her new loft bed and desk while she was at school so that her bedroom had been transformed by the time she got home was a highlight. As was pizza and ice cream cake with close friends that evening.
I think we can count the day as a success.
The weekend saw her attend two classmates birthday parties and a Girl Scout mother-daughter dance, so I’m now quite glad that her class party isn’t for another week. Even if it felt like a huge mumfail at the time, when we couldn’t get a date until two weeks after her birthday!
And so we say goodbye to March. It’s always the craziest of months for us, and I now have to spend the next week getting organized for my younger son’s birthday! No rest for the wicked.
Easter is a nice way to end the month this year though, with a long weekend, plenty of chocolate and a fun day planned with friends tomorrow. I’m busy baking an Easter cake to take with us (keep an eye on Instagram for photos!) and I need to fill plastic eggs with candy tonight as my little girl is very insistent that the Easter bunny will be visiting… I can’t see many more egg hunts in our future, it won’t be long before all three just want the chocolate without the magic (the boys are there already), so I’ll make the most of it before that happens.
Have a wonderful Easter everyone!
Head over to my Instagram feed to see the rest of the snapshots I’ve taken this month.
I began writing ‘Snapshots’ posts last summer, when my days were too busy having fun with my kids to spend time writing about the fun we were having. They are a way for me to record the moments, but not feel obliged to write War and Peace. Simply capture the days as they happen. No SEO, no pinnable images, no stress. So, I’m going to continue to write them, and keep those moments from running away.