I was sitting here reflecting on the past month or so and I realized something. Here it is almost the end of April, and I have not shared my favorite moments from March with you yet! Whoever said the time flies once you become a mom was not lying! It is flying by faster than I can keep up.
I was looking back through all the pictures on my phone because for the life of me I could not remember what we did in March. At first, I thought we had a slow, boring month, filled with rain but I was wrong. As it turns out, there are SEVEN great moments I now remember from March.
Ben and Jerry’s Non-Dairy Ice Cream
Something you may not know about me is that I have a bit of trouble digesting milk products. While I have not been to see a doctor, it is probably a lactose issue. That means I mainly steer clear of milk and ice cream. So, when I learned that Ben and Jerry’s now makes a non-dairy version, I had to try it.
Let’s just say I bought a pint and devoured it in two sittings. It was so good, and I loved that I did not have the nasty side effects that I get from eating regular ice cream. This will be going on my list of treats, and I will be using it for those occasional ice cream cravings.
Friday Pizza Night
Logan is a very picky eater. When I say picky, I mean that he could probably live off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and chicken nuggets. Getting him to try new things is so hard. However, recently he has discovered a new found love for pizza. So, on a few Friday’s in March he and I had pizza night!
We kept it simple and just made our own pizza’s, and as you can see, Logan was so excited and could not wait for it to come out of the oven. Got to love how kids get so excited over the simple things in life.
Family Day Antiquing
In case you missed it in our about us, we live with my parents. So occasionally we will have family days that include them. In March my mom was able to get a day off from taking care of my grandparents. Since she gets so few Saturday’s off, we let her choose what we would do for the day. She decided on antiquing.
There is not a shortage of antique malls around us, so we set out to visit a few. Our first stop was a place called Niekamp Farm Market. It is one of those random, in the middle of no where places that seems to have a little bit of everything. This place was a gas station, general store, restaurant, farmers market, playground retailer, gun seller, and antique mall all rolled into one, no joke! It was a fun place to stop by.
Next, we headed to a little town about 30 minutes away called Wapakoneta. We were getting hungry at this point, so we stopped to eat lunch at the cutest little restaurant, J. Marie’s, where Shadrach had a Bison burger for the first time!
Then our last stop of the day was an antique mall in Wapakoneta. I will be honest; I was a little nervous taking a rambunctious four-year-old into a store with mostly expensive breakables. However, he did pretty well, and even though I had to remind him a few times to look with his eyes and not his hands, nothing ended up broken. Overall, it was a good day, and I enjoyed spending time with my parents.
2nd Street Market and Some Shopping
The next weekend, Shadrach, Logan, and I headed down to Dayton for the day. We wanted to hit up Target, and the closest one is forty-five minutes away. So, we made a fun family day of it. I had been looking up some places that we have not yet visited in Dayton, and this place called 2nd Street Market popped up. I felt like we just had to take the time to see what it was all about.
The 2nd Street Market turned out to be so much better than I expected. You can read a little more about it here. I just can’t wait to go back and visit this summer when they have the outdoors section opened and more vendors.
The rest of the day we shopped at Hobby Lobby and Target. Of course, one of our family days would not be complete without a stop at Logan’s favorite place to eat, Chick-Fil-A.
Enjoyed the Spring Weather
As I mentioned above, I felt like a lot of the month of March was filled with rain. Then as I was looking back, I noticed that I had a lot more pictures of Logan and I outside playing than I remembered. So, even though it rained A LOT, the warmness is unusual for us. I can remember having snow and freezing weather in March in years past. So you better believe if the sunshine was out and it was above 32 degrees, Logan and I were outside running off some energy! (His not mine :))
Figured Out How to Clean Bath Toys
I know you are probably thinking I am some crazy person because one of my favorite moments from the month of March was discovering how to clean bath toys, but it is true. Finding a way to clean all the hard-water nastiness from Logan’s bath toys is cause to be excited in my book.
I had tried EVERYTHING, including bleach but nothing would get them clean. Then I made up a mixture of half vinegar and half Dawn in a spray bottle for cleaning the oven and faucets. Guess what?!? That same mixture works great for cleaning bath toys! Here is what I did:
- Put all the toys in the kitchen sink.
- Plugged up the sink.
- Added ½ a cup of vinegar, ½ a cup of Dawn or whatever dish soap you have (You can probably use a little less because I ended up with way too many bubbles)
- Added hot water until the toys were covered.
- Let them sit for at least 10 minutes.
- Then scrubbed them with a sponge and rinsed.
I am telling you, this is magic. Logan’s bath toys looked brand new after doing this to them. It removed hard water and soap scum and saved me from having to throw them all away and buy new ones. Try it…you can thank me later! ?
Learning to Read
The biggest thing I am excited about from March is that Logan asked me to teach him to read. I have been reading to him since he was born. No joke, I would be sitting there pumping, and he would be in the bouncy seat, and I would just read out-loud to him. So, the moment he asked me to teach him to read, my nerdy, bookworm heart was happy!
The hard part is I cannot for the life of me remember how I learned to read. I know that someone taught me, but I do not remember what that process was at all. So, I have done a little asking around and some research to see if I could figure out the best way to teach him. I think we have settled on a program. Now we just need to dive into it and get started. Stay tuned because I will be sharing later how it is going and what method we ended up using.
There you have it, my seven favorite moments from March. After looking back, it was a good month. The only thing missing is our monthly date night. We have slacked off on our commitment to taking one date night a month. Last year we only went on two dates the entire year! This year we are not doing so well again. However, it is only April, so maybe we can jump back in and get to go on a few more dates.
What was one of your favorite moments from March?