Ahh... Spring break! The official official end to winter. The last big break for school children to gear up for the last lap of the school year. One more quarter, that's really like a crazy mix of really hard (finals) and really easy (outdoor recess) and all the excitement of only 30-some days 'til the end of school. That countdown starts with spring break.
So how are you spending spring break? We parents feel like we have to make big plans for spring break because someone warned us we only get 18 springs with our children before they go off to their adult life, never to spend a sunny day with us again. So its gotta be grand and wonderful and memorable and scrapbook-worthy and Facebook-postable. The pressure!
For the past few years, our plans have consisted of packing up the car with basketballs, books, yarn, games & bathing suits and heading to the beach, which is really too cold for swimming and on some days, even too cold for sitting in the sand enjoying the sun, but it doesn't matter. What do they say, "a cold day at the beach is better than a cold day at home"? Or something like that.
We don't really "do" anything for spring break and I like it that way. Half the fun is just the change of scenery. Getting up in the morning for a run and heading down a different path than the one we usually take. Not checking the schedule for the next place we have to rush off to. Not even driving anywhere, but walking to dinner and to Rita's for dessert. Staying up and watching movies and bad TV because we have nowhere to go in the morning. Falling asleep on the couch or in the floor in the middle of the day or late at night. Having a conversation face-to-face, not looking at each other in the rearview mirror. My kids the other day were excitedly jabbering about whether a new SweetFrogs would be opening for the break. I think they're planning on eating frozen yogurt for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and dessert. And yeah, I think I'll have a cup or two, also.
What are you doing for spring break? I hope you get a chance to do nothing, too.
If you're traveling, check out our tips for roadtrips, resort vacations, and family vacations. And if just the kids are going away? Wow. Our sleepaway camp tips may come in handy. Enjoy!
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