In keeping with my resolution to be more thoughtful and organized when it comes to celebrating the seasons... here are some plans and random thoughts for April...the first month that really feels like spring around these parts! This is an update of last year's post.
Special Dates to Celebrate
*April 1st ~ April Fool's Day*
The kids like to come up with a trick or two to play on their Dad, and he and I come up with a trick or two to play on them. We always have meatloaf "sundaes" for dinner (meatloaf "brownies" baked in a muffin tin topped with mashed potato "ice cream" and cherry tomato "cherries". Dessert is usually "fried eggs" - a mound of whipped cream topped with a peach half.
*The Full Pink Moon ~ April 11th*
It's always nice to notice when the moon is full!
*Easter ~ April 16th*
I really love when Easter is in April! We have a few fun traditions. I like to come up with a craft or two to do the week before. This year, I want to make little nests and sock rabbits with the kids. We start our "living Easter baskets" two weeks before by planting grass seed in colorful tubs ~ these later serve as Easter baskets. We color eggs, make hot cross buns, and watch Hop on Easter Eve. We do an egg hunt indoors and out on Easter morning, eat hot cross buns and boiled eggs for breakfast, and the kids each get a basket with candy and a few fun surprises. Then we usually spend the rest of the day visiting with family, and being outdoors if possible.
* The Boston Marathon ~ April 17th*
We always have a light day of school to watch the Marathon. We keep the television on for the whole thing, and the kids filter in and out to check on the progress of the race. They also do some of their work in front of the television - a special treat. And I am hoping to make a Boston cream pie poke cake to celebrate the occasion.
*Arbor Day ~ April 28th*
I plan to celebrate Arbor Day Mrs. Sharp-style - one weekend day before or after will be designated for yard clean-up. Everyone that needs them will get a new pair of gardening gloves and help tidy the yard. And because I don't expect this to be terribly exciting to the kids, I am planning to bribe them with the first ice cream outing of the season! Mrs. Sharp also suggests planting something together - we may do that if time allows.
Things to Notice and Do This Month
- The days are getting warmer! I love doing schoolwork outside when possible
- Stock up on Easter basket supplies
- Buy an Easter lily for the dining table
- Enjoy the rain
- Listen for spring peepers in the evening
- Continue planning for next year's homeschooling
- Start wrapping up some of this year's subjects
- Watch for the first butterflies on warm days
- Clean out the garden
- The first dandelions appear
- The grass starts greening up
- Time to start tick & flea treatments for our furry friends
- Chives are up in the garden
- We might have some rhubarb by month's end
- Put out outdoor furniture
- Tune up bikes/put air in tires
- Go on a spring hike
- Clean and hang hummingbird feeders
- Do the taxes!
- Plant radishes
- Clean up houseplants - rinse dusty foliage, trim as necessary