Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring Break 2015

We had a great spring break this year! While I didn't go anywhere exciting, it was still fun in its own right and so I felt like I needed to document it just for myself. It ended up being one of the nicest weeks this year in terms of weather and that was great for the spirits and really helped it feel like spring and a break from the regular work days. I loved it! 

Our break started out on Friday, March 13th. Michael had his kindergarten round up day at school that we were all excited for. I was on my own with all three kids since Scott was at work and I think that was a first for me to get everyone ready and out the door! Yay me! I also arrived way too early for pick up time and got to school while they were loading the busses for their ride around town- oops! 

After round up, we met Scott for lunch at Pizza Ranch. It was the girls' first time out to eat a restaurant (besides one quick lunch at McDonalds) and they did great. They slept the whole time and we were able to have one adult at the table with the stroller while the other one helped Michael or got their own food. We did take them in our stroller and it was a little tight but we chose a table by a wall so we could park the stroller up by the wall. I was meeting Scott there so I had to haul the kids in by myself and I wasn't sure I could carry two carriers plus keep track of Michael all the way in from the parking lot. 

After lunch, we drove across town to Toys R Us so Michael could pick out a new toy that we promised him for being a good boy while staying home with our nanny while his school was off the previous week. We had been making a big deal of it and he was excited. I think we've only been to the toy store one time before and he thought it was so cool! He even drew this picture when we got home and I thought it was funny that he clearly wrote his favorite place on it: 

He picked out two new LEGO things: a Bionicle and a Hero Factory. Hero Factory legos are hard to find because they don't carry them at Target or Walmart and I knew Toys R Us had a big LEGO selection. Michael loved looking at all the different sets! We are headed to Kansas City in May for a wedding and we are also going to stop by the LEGO Experience in the Crown Center so hopefully we can hold off on LEGO purchases until then! I think Michael is a good age for it and will find it fun. 

The rest of the break went smoothly...mostly it was just me and the girls at home spending time with each other. Michael went back to school for four days during break and then had the next Friday off. It was good just to have lots of time at home with the girls. It was a little tricky finding our groove for the first day but we settled in to a routine nicely after that. They are just so fun and it was nice to have two little buddies around as I tried to keep up with household chores during the week. 






The weather was so nice that we got in lots of outside time which was much needed for our spirits. A few times I talked Michael into riding his bike with me at Jester Park before heading to the playground to play- so fun! 

We also did the High Trestle Trail on Friday afternoon when Scott got off work early. It was a beautiful day and so much fun just to get out and enjoy the sunshine. 

I dropped Michael and Scott off at the trailhead in town and then I drove to the other trailhead that is about a mile from the bridge. They met us up with us just as the girls and I were heading out. I walked just to the bridge with the girls but it was too windy to go over it. I think Scott and Michael went all the way to Woodward and then met us back at the car to pack up and go home. Michael's little tag a long bike is so cute and I think it feels safer than him trying to ride his little bike on the trail. Scott has big plans for next summer when we can put the girls in our trailer...I guess that means it will be me saddling up, too! 

My mom came to visit the last weekend of break and it was nice to see her. I know my parents really miss Anna and Brynn especially when they are growing so fast. Mom took them for a spin in this stroller she got for us and they look so big sitting up! 

We also went for a walk. I've been trying to get into better shape especially now that I feel like I am getting better sleep at night. The girls are so good in their stroller and I love getting outside but it has been cold weather again this week so I've been trying to do our elliptical inside. It is hard because I am so tired that I basically fall asleep whenever I stop moving but I guess I just got to keep charging ahead. I keep thinking of the phrase- "How do you eat an elephant?" "One bite at a time" and realizing that a little bit every day can add up. Especially when I am outside walking I notice that it really does help clear my head and I like the feeling that I can just let my brain spin while I am walking-not worrying about my to do list or what I have to get done next. 

So that's my break in a nutshell: just spending lots of quality time with the ones I love! 




Spring break was definitely a marker in my mind...the second semester is now more than half over and we are on the downward slide towards summer. I am proud of myself for making it this far and I know I keep going for a few more months!! 

Hope you had a great spring break and March! 

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