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What March Taught Me

I’m keeping up with this year’s goal to document a few of the things each month has taught me. You can read about what I learned in January here and February here.

Now for March.

March has not traditionally been my favorite month because it usually just rains every day. But this year was a little different – the sun came out more than not and gave us all a very spring-y happiness that is typically missing in the Seattle area this time of year. So now I’m all for March!

 

My high school cheer skirt was really short (and tight)

My brother-in-law turned 40 and threw himself a #glorydays birthday party. We were encouraged to wear something that represented what our glory days were – or maybe something still to come. I thought about a couple of ideas, but then my little sister found all of our high school cheerleading uniforms and that sealed the deal. High school cheerleading days would be the Jones Girls’ representation of #glorydays.

My sisters and I squeezed ourselves into those tiny skirts and shells and wore them proudly for about half the night (when we could no longer handle the tightness – or the shortness – and changed into real clothes).

I wouldn’t necessarily call my high school days my glory days (see #2), but it was so much fun to dress up and laugh and do a stunt (photo evidence here) and celebrate Eric.

 

THEY GROW UP REALLY FAST

If I really had to choose when my glory days were, I think I say about 8 years ago when my babies were all babies. Ethan was 6, Brady 4, Mason 2, Audrey newborn. Goodness, I miss those days. I mean, don’t get me wrong: I was tired. That is a lot of kids to care for. But now that I’m 8 years removed, I can look back with such fondness for those sweet faces. Just look at them:

Easter 2010

Those same four babies are getting all big on me. Now look at them:

Easter 2018

My daughter comes up to my shoulder, Mason has the same size shoe as me and I took Ethan to HIGH SCHOOL ORIENTATION last week. I don’t know about this.

As much as I adored having toddlers, these kids are at a really fun age. I like being their mom now, just as much as back then.

So mama of little ones who can’t get a second to yourself … it gets easier. And the fruits of all your early efforts will pay off. Just keep loving them, ask for help and find a group of girlfriends who you can talk honestly with :)

OUR EASTER OUTFIT SOURCES:

on Brady: Suit Jacket | Suit Pants | Dress Shirt | Shoes

on Me: Dress (boo, no longer available. Here’s the shorter version) | Jacket (similar)

on Audrey: Dress | Socks | Shoes

on Ethan: Shirt | Pants | Shoes

on Mason: Suit Coat | Shirt (similar) | Suit Pants | Shoes

on Ryan: Blazer (similar) | Shirt | Pants (similar)

 

Putting on a new roof is the most annoying way to spend lots of money

It had to be done, but UGH! replacing a roof is an expensive thing.

When we bought the house, the inspector told us the roof maybe had five more years in it. I wasn’t bummed about that because I figured we would just replace the composition roofing material with my favorite – a metal roof (just like this).

Then this winter we had someone come look at the roof and realized that it was in worse shape than we thought. A little afraid that it would start leaking and cause all kinds of damage, we opted to just replace the whole thing now. Ryan had eight or nine roofing companies come out to give us bids. We were SHOCKED at the price. We knew our roof was big and steep with lots of dormers (7 in all), but we were not expecting bids to come in so high. And that wasn’t even for my beloved metal roof! That would have run an extra $20k.

All to say, we went with a very nice composition material in a dark gray and while the change is very unremarkable, it does look nice and will keep our house nice and dry for 30 years.

 

I FORGOT HOW MUCH I LOVE WATERCOLORS

Actually, I forgot how much I love creating, in general.

2016 for me was all about our family road trip and 2017 was all about our new house. Since our big project to the house this year was putting on that fancy new roof (#4) and I had nothing to do with it, I have been free to play around in my craft stuff and remember how much I like creating.

I’ve been meaning to create a watercolor class for a few years now and finally decided to figure out just what I would want to include in the class. I set up a little table in the studio with all my watercolor supplies and it is amazing how just leaving it out and available draws me in. One Sunday morning I woke up earlier than normal and felt the urge to paint … and these springy flowers are what came out.

It feels good to create.


And that is what the month of March taught me.

What did you learn in March?

23 Responses to What March Taught Me

  1. Meagan April 9, 2018 at 3:16 pm #

    I would LOVE an intro watercolor class!

  2. Jesse M Danson April 6, 2018 at 11:26 pm #

    LOVE your posts, Emily. And thank you for the reminder that these are my glory days. I’m exactly where you were eight years ago, except my “fourth baby” is twins. ;) I’m truly trying to be as present with those precious little ones as possible. AND, now I want to pull out my watercolors, too!

  3. Kristin April 6, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

    Pay attention and savor the high school years – they go by the quickest. It seems like just yesterday, my son was a freshman, and I blinked and he will be going to college next year!

  4. Brynn K Nufer April 5, 2018 at 7:18 pm #

    I love metal roofs too but I think your house looks even better with your new composite roof. Something about the individual shingles and the dormers and style of your roof fits with that look. It looks fabulous!

    • emily April 6, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

      Well, thank you!

  5. Donnie April 5, 2018 at 7:11 am #

    Love the photos of the family. It goes by so quickly, doesn’t it. We had to replace our septic tank and drain field this year – so can sure sympathize about the roof. Sounds like your year is off to a wonderful start. May God continue to bless you and yours.

  6. Mary April 5, 2018 at 6:00 am #

    Love the watercolor! I would love to learn. A printable would be nice, too!

  7. Meredith M Goranson April 4, 2018 at 8:30 am #

    Are you going to offer this watercolor as a free printable? It’s super cute!

    • emily April 4, 2018 at 11:54 am #

      Great idea! I think I may even include a lesson in the new watercolor class about recreating this little piece …

  8. Brandie April 4, 2018 at 4:40 am #

    I’m in the midst of the glory days. With a 5 yr old, 3 yr old and 1 yr old, life is constant movement and requests and “hold me please”. Trying to simultaneously treasure it and not hide away for peace and quiet. Love your insights! Thanks for sharing your gifts, your flowers are beautiful.

  9. Kathy April 3, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

    I needed this post to know I’m not alone. Although I’m not having to replace my roof, I need to replace my 110 year old terra-cotta sewer pipe to prevent a total collapse, putting updating my kitchen on the back burner—literally. Not something fun, but definitely necessary (kinda do like a root canal) :-).

  10. Claudia April 3, 2018 at 5:40 pm #

    Oh, your watercolor painting is precious!

  11. Jill April 3, 2018 at 2:37 pm #

    I have LOVED having teenagers, until I sent my oldest to COLLEGE this past fall! That was seriously NO fun and I don’t know if I will ever get used to it. It’s inevitable and really the bittersweet of motherhood. High school goes so fast so hold on tight momma!

    xo~Jill

  12. Debbie April 3, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

    Love the watercolor! The first thing I thought was, “I’d love to have a tablecloth in that print”. You should have fabric made!

    This March I learned that 31 days of March seem much longer than 31 days of December. Here in the South, we got your rainy weather for much of March. At least in December we were distracted by the holidays, and possibly a flake or two of snow. ;-)

  13. Sally April 3, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

    Beautiful family!

  14. Corrie April 3, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

    I would be interested in a Watercolor Class. Love your post on the #glorydays.
    Agreed the younger age is priceless, I miss it I miss the teenage years too, I must be 10 years ahead of you. Also live in the Pacific Northwest and March was a BIG Tease !! We had snow yesterday, just a dusting.

  15. Victoria April 3, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

    It’s a shame about the metal roof, but life isn’t materially affected by not having it and it’s a good piece of work to have done and out of the way.
    The watercolour looks great!
    Can’t believe the children are so grown up. Next thing you know they’ll be squeezing into the high school uniforms for a party 😉

  16. Karen April 3, 2018 at 11:56 am #

    Very interested in the watercolors class! I bought watercolor pencils a few years ago but haven’t learned to use them yet so maybe a class would get me going!

  17. Sarah April 3, 2018 at 8:38 am #

    I would love to take your watercolor class! Please do it! Your painting is beautiful.

    • emily April 3, 2018 at 11:09 am #

      Yay! I hope to get it out later this spring :)

  18. Susan April 3, 2018 at 7:40 am #

    Congrats to all 3 of you ladies for being able to fit in those cheer uniforms! I would not be able to do so. :)

    • emily April 3, 2018 at 11:09 am #

      It was a tight squeeze, but we felt pretty proud :)

  19. bree April 3, 2018 at 7:18 am #

    You are just the cutest & I love that your babies are your #glorydays.. I’m in the midst of my #glorydays as well. I’m about 10 years behind you but loving this sweet life.

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