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April & May

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The beginning of April graced us with a bit of snow. Luckily it didn’t last too long but still, snow in April? Really? This year easter and April fools fell on the same day so I suppose maybe it’s not so surprising.

Easter baskets & Easter egg hunt

An easter basket hunt commenced inside at the grandparents. Riley found his first as it was in the kitchen pantry and he is always hungry, so naturally that was his first stop once inside. Liam found his next with Rori finding her basket shortly after. It was a bit cold outside but we did manage a quick and easy easter egg hunt out front too. All that candy, let’s just say they had plenty to share between them and their cousin.

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Sausage, Potato & Spinach Soup

With the weather being so cold out in April nothing is better than soup on those cold days. This is a family favorite. This month I decided to have a bit of fun taking photos of  the process. The recipe can be found here.

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Special Package from Grandparents in Colorado

The kids received a special package from their grandparents in Colorado. They had fun opening it up and finding salt water taffy. Yum! It’s always fun to get packages from them. That reminds me, I really need to send the package of stuff we have for them. I’m horrible at getting to the post office. Also, we are down to one car so that makes it a bit tricky as well.

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April’s Date Night with Hubby

Josh picked Hell City Tattoo festival for our date night activity. We had fun walking around seeing all the different tattoo artists and venders. The Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow was going on when we arrived and was fun to watch. What’s really not to like about fire, knives, snakes, balloons & dinosaurs? I mean, really?! I did find the solar tattoos interesting. It’s kinda cool seeing the sun rays thru a crystal sphere create a burned design on someone’s body. I really want to get a sleeve of mandalas done but having that sort of burned tattoo is of interest too.

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Mugmort’s Demo for the Locals

I really don’t have much to say on this one. The kids ended up having fun and that’s really what it’s about at this point. 🙂

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Earth Day

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Cleftlands Armored Tournament (April’s Dessert Revel)

We were a bit later to this one than usual. We only have one working vehicle, long story, so we went up to Cleveland after Josh got home from work. The kids had fun playing with the other children. We were able to watch some of the tournament and attend court.

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Movie Night with Mommy

The kids and I had a movie night in April. Josh was out with friends so this was the perfect time to break out the popcorn popper and a movie. We ended up buying Peter Rabbit.This came about since the kids were arguing over the movie choice they had to each put in movies to draw from a hat. Yes, Peter Rabbit was the movie drawn out of a hat. Oh the irony is not lost on me. 🙂

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Ashville Viking Festival

The last bit of fun we had in April was going to the Viking Festival. The kids mainly stayed on the playground except for the short time in the bouncy house. I mean what kid doesn’t want to jump in a bouncy house? 🙂 The older two did get some ice cream along with Josh while we were there. We also stopped by Mugmort’s tent and said hi/bye before we left. Short but good visit. That works for me.

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May

 

Spring Coronation : Alric & Katherine

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MARCON

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Mugmort Melees

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Gardening

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Date Night with Hubby

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Birthday Girl!

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Bowling Birthday Party for the 10 yr. old

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Last day of school for the kids

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March was a busy month here

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Cleveland ConCoction

Cleveland ConCoction was a success for me and the kids. As you can see the outfits turned out pretty well. On Friday I picked the kids up from school early and we headed up to Aurora. It was about a 2 1/2 hour drive which is pretty typical for when we do SCA events up there so it wasn’t too bad of a drive. It was also the first actual trip in the Suburban so I was a bit nervous about it but it did well. Although the “Service Engine Soon” light did come on during the drive home, but since all the other gauges were reading normal and the engine & transmission sounded/ran fine I wasn’t too concerned. (read the code and it looks like the distributor cap will need replaced, no biggie)

The kids program was amazing again this year. The older two had fun playing games with the other kids and even got to have some fun with a green screen this year. Riley stayed with me the whole time. There wasn’t an inside pool this year to entertain him but we managed. However, we did have a mishap with the tv and had to change rooms. The second room actually worked out better due to the tv being up higher with doors that shut to keep him out. I should probably also mention that my middle child locked us out of our bathroom in the first room as well. I had to actually have maintenance come and take care of it. Luckily it didn’t happen with the second room but the lock was different and was one that could be easily unlocked if needed. It’s really the little things that make the difference with traveling with kids and special needs kids at that. Am I a bit insane to do so solo? Maybe, but we managed. I didn’t lose my mind and everyone had fun. The kids are already looking forward to next year.

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Date Night with Hubby

Hubby and I did manage to fit in a date night this month. We’ve been trying to be better about that. This month we did a paint your own version of the chosen artwork for that class. We both had lots of fun painting. I’m not much of an artist. I struggle with stick figures, if that gives you any idea of how great I am at it. But Josh really loves art even if painting isn’t his go to. But he loved it and we will be going back in the future.

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Spring Equinox

We are pagan here so I like to get out in nature whenever I can. I wasn’t able to really walk around in nature as much as I wanted to due to the weather but did manage a bit of time. I’ll take what I can because every little bit adds up.

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Keep Calm and Ceilidh On (SCA event)

We were able to make it to an SCA event south of us. Lunch was delicious. The fighting was fun to watch. The older two got along well with some of the other kids that were in attendance. Riley did well sitting or staying with me even in the gym with all the noise from the fighting. It was well attended and had a few classes with some A&S stuff on display as well.

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The kids and I  were also able to make it to this month’s Cleftlands Dessert Revel. They met a few new kids there and had fun with the kids they normally play with up there too. Hopefully we will be able to make it up to next months.

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Happy Birthday, Gin Kitty!

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Our kitty turned one this week. The kids were adamant about celebrating her birthday. So we bought her some special food (just wet cat food but she doesn’t usually get that) and a toy. Of course she loved the food and seems to like the toy. I’m pretty sure the kids are going to want to celebrate the day we got her as well. So we’ll have to see what they want to do for her then.

March was a busy month. Next month should be a bit slower and less packed with activities. More time to recover before May hits and with that Summer Break soon to follow.

Gearing up for ConCoction

ConCoction is coming up next weekend which means this past week we have been getting things ready. Yay for Amazon and all the things. Well…maybe not all of them but most of them were purchased there. This weekend and the rest of next week I will be putting parts of each of their outfits together with some help from them. So the sewing machine, iron, hand stitching, gluing, and possibly some painting will be happening. I’ve got a Hatsune Miku outfit, Yugo outfit, and Max (Where The Wild Things Are) outfit to put together. I’m planning on being a wild thing from the book as I will be running around after Riley most of the time. Fitting, don’t you think?!

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ConCoction will be at a new hotel this year which means better parking but no indoor pool so I’m hoping everything goes okay with Riley. Worse case, I guess we walk the halls…alot. The older two are excited to see what the kids program has to offer again this year. With any luck the kids will all have outfits they like to wear, fun with other kids while there, maybe learn a few things, and hopefully sleep well (because lack of sleep makes for grumpy kids). Since this may be the first solo mama and kids weekend vacation away I’m hoping for the best as Pennsic is going to be the same but in a tent. That idea is not frightening at all. 😶

Summertime

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We’ve had fun so far this summer. The kids are learning to roller skate, which has been a bit harder for some than others. Lots of time playing outside as well. The older two had birthday celebrations, another year older and all that. 🙂 The kids and I managed to make it to a local Strawberry Festival where they got to ride a few rides and try some strawberry shortcake. We were able to do some day trips, one of which was The Ohio Scottish Games, which we enjoyed and are looking forward to going to next year. We also were able to go on a mini vacation with my parents, sisters, and their families. We faired well for everyone sharing one condo. Truthfully, it wasn’t that bad and waking up to the sun rising with the sound of the ebb and flow of the lake made early mornings a bit better.

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And…we have finally made it out to several SCA practices/meetings. The kids have been enjoying running around outside while fight practice is going on and they are managing the meeting part okay so far. Hubby even got to try on armor and do a little practice fighting too.

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Pennsic is coming up soon so there will be a few weeks without any practice or meeting happening but hopefully that won’t cause any set-backs. Consistency does seem to help when it comes to the boys. Recently we checked out several books from the library for research on different areas and time periods for clothing ideas for the family and personas.

Earth Day

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“The earth has music for those who listen.”

                                   -Shakespeare

Life just keeps going so it is always nice to take time to head out with the kids for a walk in nature and Earth Day seemed like a perfect time to do so. We had fun walking on a few paths through the woods and across a stone walk over water. We were lucky enough to go when very few people were out and about, yay quiet time. It’s always nice to just walk quietly through the woods, well as quiet as one can be with three kids along for the walk. 😉

Most everything else is going pretty good.  I had fun with hubby and friends at a party this past Friday night. 😊  Marcon will be here before we know it and we are still getting everything ready for that. The kids outfits aren’t quite done yet but their is about 3 more weeks to get things done. I’m pretty sure we will be able to get most of it done.(fingers crossed) I still don’t have anything gathered together or made for me. Hopefully with the 3 weeks I will be able to but we will see.

Summer break will be here before I know it and I have no idea what all we will do during it. There are a few activities I want to look into for the kids, so there is that. We’re still dealing with the school stuff for next year for the youngest but that’s to be expected.

Muddy Water

 

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How I spent my weekend was drastically different from say 5 or 6 years ago being an exmormon on General Conference weekend. This past weekend was the good idea, bad idea party for the local Barfleet chapter. I had fun to hanging out with friends and watching them play some games. I haven’t ventured into playing the table top games yet but watching the Harry Potter game was intriguing along with Munchkin Chthulhu.

Sunday was mostly spent helping the kids do their laundry. Since we have to go to the apartment laundry room a few buildings down it required several trips back and forth. Sigh. Gotta love the never endingness of laundry.

MarCon tickets have been purchased and the kids are excited to go to another convention. 🙂 On top of that they are already mentioning things that they want to do this summer so I will be putting together a list to add to soon for that. And this past Wednesday I remembered how bad my back is after doing some acroyoga with a local instructor. It was fun and relaxing and will hopefully be able to fit in doing more of that in the future. If planning for MarCon and summer break isn’t enough I’ve been looking more into SCA stuff as well. I’m trying to figure out the best time to get out to an event with the kids.

 

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Spring Break Is Here

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It is officially Spring Break here. We’ve already been to the park once. The boys had fun for a little bit of time. Unfortunately the youngest had a meltdown. The problem is that any number of things can trigger a meltdown so trying to figure out the source of it can be hard. It’s not often he cries but one minute he was fine the next he was in tears. There were other kids around that may have somehow triggered him or it could have been anything as random as he didn’t like the way the mulch felt when he was running. Either way the need to remove him from the situation was necessary. My oldest son was sad to leave since he was playing with another little boy but he thankfully understood. So with very little fuss we all buckled up and headed to get some ice cream. By the time we got to Dairy Queen he had calmed down and we enjoyed some ice cream on our long drive home.

I’m not sure what else we will do this week. I’m sure at some point we will go for a walk, possibly visit COSI or the Zoo, and more baking, we made chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting that turned out well last week and my daughter has already requested another dessert. There will probably be some crafts in there as well. Hopefully finishing up listening to “The Buddha’s Apprentice at Bedtime” by Dharmachari Nagaraja. 🎧

In other news, since Cleveland ConCoction was a hit for all of us we are planning on going to MARCon. Pikachu, Anakin Skywalker, and Voltron have already been requested as cosplay outfits. We should have enough time to get those done, at least one of them done for each. I’m still debating on putting together a cosplay outfit or not since I spend most of my time running around after my youngest.  I’m not sure it is feasible yet. I’ve toyed with the idea of Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Alice from Resident Evil, Mavis from Hotel Transylvania, and Wednesday Addams. But I might just go as me, mom of three crazy kids.😊

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Goodbye, October…Hello, November

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Today is apparently my 3rd year blogging anniversary under this account. It’s shocking that  I only have one other post to show for it but that’s what is to be expected when you choose to make a fresh start. I’m sure that parts of my old posts will find their way into this blog somehow as those things about me haven’t really changed, I just preferred to let them go… off into the deep dark(?) internet abyss and start over, if you will. 🎈

Goodbye, October…

There was quite a bit of fun with crafts, hiking, and most things pumpkin with the kids this year. They had a blast and I tried harder to get in more pictures than I usually do. It tends to be hard to deal with all 3 kids while working the camera on my phone in the middle of whatever we are doing. But I managed to get a few pictures that turned out well. I’m hoping to actually upgrade to a new camera within the next year, as the old family one was handed down to my daughter & oldest son to use. They had fun taking turns taking pictures when the battery was charged.   😊

Our normal Halloween countdown was used but instead of me putting in ideas each day each child choose what they wanted to do for that day instead of everyone doing the same thing. We also went to a different pumpkin patch this year. Kids had fun & pumpkins were cheaper with free things for the kids to do there as well. It was the first year of just the kids & I and surprisingly enough, it worked out.  I even managed to get some pictures. Good gods, there seemed to be quite a few firsts the past month. (O.O)

So with Trick-or-Treating, Trauma & Fall leading into Winter, I’m hoping to continue to push past the usual. Continue to find, create and capture those moments with family & friends. But most of all, to keep growing, learning & digging deeper roots.

 

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