Nonetheless, we managed to have a whole slew of photo-worthy memory makers this month. A roundup, mostly in photos:
Snowquestration, March 2013: (following the March 1 sequestration in congress):
|I love the "action" of this photo! So busy!|
|A fearless, determined sledder is he|
|About to "deliver" a snowball...|
|Nothing beats a picnic lunch, fireside, in your skivvies... and hat.|
In between snow storms, we had a short burst of not-freezing weather in which I ran the Charlottesville 10 Miler. It was a bit of a damp, drizzly run at first, but it cleared up nicely. I ran my best-yet time of 1:25:09, which is ~8:30min/mile. It was a good run.
In March, we celebrate so many birthdays of so many good folks, especially my brother, dad, and Jeff. We enjoyed a family outing to an awesome new-ish vineyard and pretended that the weather outside was as gorgeous as it was inside the unique greenhouse/seating area:
|Love these happy faces!|
|XOXOXO - outside the vineyard|
Christmas came again in March in the form of "Kid's Choice Adventure Day." The kids got to choose between many options - bowling, ice skating, a movie, swimming, or something new - like roller skating. They chose roller skating. It was such a blast! Regrettably, I have no photos of this adventure. But it was wonderful. We drove to a rink about an hour and a half away, paid a mere $3 entry fee, and skated to 90's music for two solid hours. It brought back so many fun memories from high school for me, and I couldn't help but feel a little bit of badass in me as I swizzled around the rink. Aidan loved skating so much that he spent a whopping $40 of his own money to buy his very own set of skates (from Amazon) which he's used pretty much every day since they've arrived.
A few random shots -
One snowy afternoon, Leo spent literally HOURS making one paper airplane after another. He tested each one, then carefully laid it on the ground in a neat row. His focus and determination was remarkable, especially given how much he struggles at times to stay focused on a task at hand. I mostly took this photo as a reminder to myself that when the desire is strong enough, Leo has the single-minded determination to make anything happen. Kind of like someone else I know.
|So proud of his planes.|
|This is a look of glee mixed with giggles.|
He completed the Primer book of the series, and his teacher arranged a private recital, just for Aidan. Here he is, playing one of his pieces:
|As my own piano teacher would say, "Aidan, that was almost perfect."|
|Aidan with Ms. Christina, presenting his completion certificate|
And finally, there was Easter. This year, it fell on the last day in March: a cold, wet, chilly, cloudy day. It didn't feel much like Easter to me, and I was endlessly grateful I'd chosen long-sleeved ensembles for the boys, and a cardigan that worked well with my dress. I hosted Easter this year for the first time, and after the chaotic brunch and egg hunt before church followed by a beautiful worship service, I finally relaxed. We had a lovely afternoon:
|The menu: maple glazed salmon; grilled pineapple salsa; Moroccan rice salad; 3-way deviled eggs; roasted asparagus and broccoli; small braided rolls; Toasted Head Chardonnay and a fruit tart for dessert.|
|I absolutely love the blazer that Leo is wearing... very retro. He pulls it off so well... when he agrees to wear it.|
There are a lot of smiling faces here, a lot of happy memories. They paint a very rosy picture of our life as a family. Is our life rosy? Eh. Not so much. It's messy. It's loud. It's hard. It's frustrating and at times, it's lonely and sad. But in these moments that are captured in photos - these real, true, happy, important moments - I am reminded of how much in our life is so good, so funny, so celebratory and so beautiful. One of my favorite writers talks about how life is both "brutiful" and "beautiful." The brutiful parts are hard, full of pain and struggle: brutal. And yet there is so much that is beautiful in this life, too.
March was kind of brutiful. March was very beautiful.