Not sure if it has been our lack of spring or what, but the last 2 months have been a virtual time warp for me. All of a sudden, the end of school is nearing & things are wrapping up... I am so not ready for summer & school to be over! So in the meantime, here is a quick recap of April & some of May...
We finished getting our screen porch furniture set up & arranged. We literally had about 2-3 days in the past 1.5 months that were nice enough to use it but we are loving it & looking forward to a summer out in the screened porch!
On the couple nice days we had in April, I started working on front yard prep. Since our house sits in what used to be a hayfield, there is some "grass" (aka hay) coming up in the unexcavated areas but I had lots of clod busting & dirt raking to do before I could put seed down & the kids were eager to help. And yes, just about every time we put seed down, the rains came & washed it all away... so I'd go move more dirt & start all over... sigh!
Melanie has a "reading" station set up on the front porch... she likes to load up her little bench with her friends & do storytime for them. Not a bad spot with some afternoon sun!
While I was away on my spring scrapbooking weekend, Mike took the kids to the Rollingstone Easter party. They had fun doing some crafts, gathering eggs & seeing the Easter bunny.
In most of Minnesota, fishing opener is Mother's Day weekend & is when walleye fishing starts... but in southern Minnesota where there are more streams than lakes, the big opener is trout season & that happens in mid-April. Mike is an avid trout fisherman... we were even engaged on a trout stream not far from the farm (seriously... I was in my waders, had my fly vest on & it was cold & drizzly... & I got a ring in a little tackle box for my vest.) So come rain or shine, Mike is ready to hit the local creeks...... & this time it was not only cold but also even a little snowy! I have to admit that I'm a fair-weather fishergal, so I wasn't so eager to join. Call me crazy, but I like to feel my fingers. Brandon was eager to go despite the cold & they boys had some success!
The next day as a little nicer, so Mike was able to take Melanie fishing for a few hours. These are Melanie's fish... "can you believe I caught 3 & Dad caught none?" She was quite excited!
And later that day Mike, Grandpa & Brandon walked a section of the creek to try a little more. It was a good opener! Mmmm... trout cakes are on the menu!
Thankfully I found the Easter baskets in the the disheveled basement... I'm still waiting for the elves to come sort through & organize what remains down there from the move! The kids were a little concerned as to whether that bunny would know we moved...
... not only did he find us, but he actually hid eggs outside! Thankfully it was a mild morning, compared to what we'd been having!
We hosted the Easter meal, so later we were joined by our neighbors (Mike's folks), his sister Natalie & family from the cities, & his Aunt & Uncle from Rochester.
Natalie, Lora & Nora
The kids are always eager to see thier cousin Allison!
It was a beautiful day & we had a wonderful time with family!
We even got to take a walk up the hill road afterwards.
(to be continued...)