Oh Snap, Spring Break!

 

Just relaxing

Sorry for the hiatus.  It was on account of SPRING BREAK!  I can’t really use that as an excuse, because Spring Break came and went without us going anywhere.  We stayed in cold, windy Indiana.  I’m not kidding when I say it even snowed.  We were enjoying ourselves indoors at the crazy-busy Children’s Museum, and I looked out the big atrium window and big white flakes were falling from the sky.  That foreign, white substance didn’t help the sting we already felt about not escaping  to someplace warm.

Nonetheless we still had a great break.  We had company, we went to the museum, saw a little play, and went to both Grandparents’ houses. 

Friday afternoon marked the start of Spring Break, and we were living it up.  We met some good friends at Panera for a snack and then went to an indoor play place.  The kids ran and laughed and just had a good ol’ time together. 

The next day, all the same kids and their families came over to our house to cheer on the Butler Bulldogs.  It was basically an excuse for the kids to get together and run amok, the men to be men, and the women to, well, be women.  We all had a great time.  At the end of the night one of the moms said to Brayden, “Thanks for having us over to play” and his response was, “It wasn’t my idea!”  Oh, the things kids say.  Obviously, no matter how much we teach them about being polite, they can always learn more.

Lydia playing at the museum

The next few days were heavenly bliss for Jay and I.  My parents took the kids for a couple of days.  Why as parents do we not know what to do with ourselves when our kids aren’t around?  The evening routine just seems off.  No playing on the floor, bath time, and book reading.  No hurrying to get dinner ready so the kids don’t fall apart if they are eating too late.  Just silence. 

Jay and I don’t do well with silence so we had my best friend, Beth, and her husband over to hang out.  The next night we saw a movie!  You know, in an actual theater!  I can’t even tell you the last time we went and saw a movie that didn’t involve animated singing chipmunks or fairytale characters. I even ate a whole bag of Twizzlers by myself!

We met my parents for dinner on Tuesday night to get the kids back and to celebrate Jay’s birthday.  He is now officially the same age as me (even if it only lasts for a couple of months.) At dinner that evening I realized Brayden is starting to be influenced by things he sees and hears at school.  When he dropped his napkin onto the floor he said, “Oh, Snap!” I first thought to myself, “Where did he learn that?”  and then I thought, “That’s hilarious!”  The only explanation is that he heard it at school because we don’t walk around our house saying “Oh, Snap” though maybe we should. 

It’s not just the words that come out of his mouth, but the things he enjoys.  I realized that he loves Star Wars not only because his Uncle Carey does, but also because all the boys in his class do.   He likes playing with Hex Bugs and Kung Zu Pets because all the kids do.  It seems crazy to me that kids in kindergarten already realize what the “cool” things are.  So here it starts – I’m sure next year Brayden will expect Nike shoes and prefer to shop only at Abercrombie.

So after that, we headed to the Children’s Museum on Wednesday.  Though I knew it would be busy during spring break, I never remember just how busy it gets.  Busy is an understatement.  But we met friends there and saw the new costume exhibit which was fantastic.  Brayden had to get his picture taken with Darth Vader’s costume.  All together it was a great day!

Brayden with the Darth Vader costume

The rest of the break was pretty relaxing.  We had a “lazy day” on Thursday.  We stayed in our pajamas and just played the day away.  Scott and Sarah (Jay’s brother and his wife) came over for dinner and games that evening.  It’s always a pleasure hanging out with them. One of Brayden’s best friends came over on Friday for a playdate.  While Lydia wasn’t much into company and slept the time away, the two boys played with legos for more than two hours straight.  That allowed his mom and I to have some good conversation. Friday afternoon led us to an adorably cute play put on by children.  And to cap it all off – the Pacers game!  After Friday’s excitement, Saturday was again a “lazy day”. 

On Sunday we went over to Jay’s parents house to celebrate his birthday yet again.  My Mother-in-Law is one of the best cooks EVER!  Everything she makes is awesome.  Foods that I don’t enjoy that much, I like when she makes. So going over to her house for a cooked meal is just the best. 

We had a low-key spring break, but it was still good.  We were able to spend time with all of our favorite people and that is what really matters in the end.  I’m not saying sandy beaches and sunny skies wouldn’t have been nice.  But I love spending time with the people that matter in my life.  And if that is all we got to do for every spring break to come I’d be okay with it.

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