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!