April 3, 2011

DIY Spring Break

I always wondered why my colleagues plan elaborate trips to exotic destinations  for spring break.  I'm mean isn't having a full week off from teaching duties vacation enough?  Once I became a mom, I learned that the answer was a resounding "no".  Since when does a mom get a day or even a single hour off when she stays home?  Now I understand why everyone plans spring vacations for their families.  It's not to go away.  It's to get away.
This year, even my attempts to have a staycation were thwarted.  Some things were outside my control and others were just the result of poor time management.  In addition, midweek I had a major, unexpected expense.  Major, as in my jaw was on the floor for an hour after I received the invoice.  Oh, well, it's only money.  I have to keep saying that...it's only money, it's only money...

After my initial disappointment that spring break was not turning out to be a day at the beach or a walk in the park, I decided to, well... take a walk in the park.  It was still quite chilly but we made the best of the extra hours of sunlight.  The boys had a great time and I began to realize that what makes vacation days special are the leisurely moments sprinkled with ordinary fun.  This week was about appreciating what we have.

We found a sunny corner to start seedlings

I hope all this hard work sprouts!

Chocolate birds' nests--A real treat!

But Liam wasn't quite sure
We didn't go anywhere, but we took lots of train trips!


  1. Awesome! I was thinking of starting seedlings too. Cool idea. And for the record, the reason I like to get away is because when I'm away from home I don't feel guilty about the dishes and the laundry and the bills piling up. If you ever want a cheap vacation, come to western wisconsin. Free lodging. :)

  2. I hope your invoice doesn't set you back too much!

    I love the activities you do with your boys, so creative. xo

  3. Even with the major setbacks, it looks like you managed to salvage some good moments with your boys! I'm positive that they enjoyed all the things you did around home...and those bird nests, YUM!

  4. Those chocolate eggs nests look amazing!! :) YUM. it sounds like you made it a good time. that's what's important.

    sorry to hear about the expense. that stinks. hate it when that happens, truly.

    but i'm glad you made it a good week anyway!! :) you go girl!