Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring Break(s)

For the last year ever, my children had different spring breaks.  Riley’s preschool goes by the Prior Lake school district schedule, and Austin and Ellie use Shakopee’s school district. For this reason, we have always had different spring breaks.  Unfortunately, Riley spent the first half of her spring break just hanging out at home because on Monday Ellie was diagnosed with pneumonia and on Tuesday Austin came home from school with the stomach flu, which also kept him home on Wednesday.  So, come Thursday, I owed Riley one fun spring break!  Actually, before Austin came home sick on Tuesday we did sneak in some fun and took her friend, Ava, to the zoo for the afternoon:

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It was a bit chilly so we didn’t head out to many outside exhibits.  On Thursday we met Rob at Smashburger for lunch.

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And on Friday Austin and Ellie had a day off for the end of the quarter so Rob took the day off from work and we had one giant family day!  First up was the circus!

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It was a bit longer than I was expecting.  But otherwise, it was about what I had in mind.  From an adult perspective, it was kind of “sad” but the kids can now say they have seen the circus.  Riley was probably the most excited about it all and she is still telling her friends about it.

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I guess I was impressed that it seemed to be only about 30 (maybe less) people that do all the different activities/stunts. 

Once the circus was over we stopped for lunch and then headed over to the Childrens Museum.  I wasn’t sure if the kids would still enjoy this place since they are a bit older now and a lot of what the museum has to offer seems for the younger kids (younger than mine) but I was completely wrong.  The kids loved it!  It didn’t hurt that they had a dinosaur exhibit going on right now. 

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If you can, zoom into the above picture and look at the shear terror in Ellie’s eyes!  She was losing her grip and was going to fall (all of 1.5 feet) and was freaking out.  Hee hee….does that make me a bad mom for laughing?  Anyway, back to the museum, the other thing I don’t like about this place is that it is always crazy crowded, but we lucked out that day.  Or maybe the rest of MN was spring breaking someplace warm.  We capped off the day with a pizza party and movie.

The following week Austin and Ellie had spring break but Riley did not.  She didn’t mind going to school on Monday because she got to show Austin and Ellie all around her classroom for a bit.  Too bad that novelty didn’t last all week.  On Tuesday I drove the kids to some shady comic book/game store so they could all flip through a book of Pokemon cards and pick out some to buy.  The place was musty and gross and a place I hope to not visit again. On Wednesday we got Riley to preschool again without much trouble because Austin and Ellie agreed to read books to her classroom.

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Afterwards Austin and Ellie stuck around to do some art projects with her.  So, Riley only had to suffer through about 1.5 hours without them.

On Thursday we took the fun to an Indoor Trampoline park with our friends, the Priebe’s.  I had never been to one of these places but it was awesome!

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We ended up playing a lot of dodge ball.  Unfortunately, Ellie ended up falling on her own foot and sat out for a good chunk of our time there but I still think she’d try again some day.  Everyone loved it.

We capped off spring break #2 with Riley skipping school on Friday (really my own poor time management and only a little bit because she was whining) and Austin going to a friends house for most of one day and having a friend to our house for most of Saturday.  The girls all played outside with the other girls in the neighborhood and everyone had a sleepover in the family room on Saturday night.  By Sunday, everyone was thoroughly exhausted!

I look forward to just one week of spring break next year!

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