Thursday, April 2, 2015
Spring Break 2015
Some people spend Spring Break at the beach. Others head to Disney World. And others head off to visit family, or even send their kids off with the grandparents for the week and spend the week alone. Not here…we spend the week at home. I don’t even feel like this week deserves to be called a Staycation because we haven’t even done anything exciting.
Monday we stayed home. Joe took the car to work and the kids and I stayed in the basement and played all day. Poor kids. Ella did start reading a book about Louis Armstrong, so she and I had a good conversation about jazz music. GiGi told her all about Ella Fitzgerald, so we ended up watching several videos of both singers. I told Ella all about scat singing. She has been trying to scat ever since.
Tuesday we went to the store. I had grand plans to take them to this awesome park nearby and have a picnic, but we had an escaped convict on the loose, so I wasn’t going to take 2 kids out of my little comfort zone that is our neighborhood.
Wednesday was probably the most exciting day. We headed to Capitol Hill and had a special lunch with daddy in the cafeteria. Ella was very excited about this! The idea of going to a place that has so many food choices that you can eat pretty much whatever you want was thrilling. I even promised her dessert. She ended up getting pretzel crusted fish and macaroni and cheese, with red velvet cake for dessert. After lunch we got to go on a tour of the capitol. I thought Ella would really enjoy the tour and seeing all of the fancy things inside the capitol. She was very engaged the entire tour and would raise her hand if she had a question.
Today we’re going to the mall. I figure I can take the kids shoe shopping with me, and let them ride some kiddie rides while we’re there. Maybe grab a soft pretzel as a treat, and even let Ella head to Bath and Body Works and Claire’s (2 of her favorite stores). Tonight is the Maundy Thursday service at church, so we will definitely be heading over there later.
I guess the most exciting thing we’ve done this week is cook. Last Friday I told Ella that we could spend this week cooking anything she wanted to, so I pulled out all of her cookbooks and we went through each recipe and marked the ones she wanted to try. Monday we had “real” macaroni and cheese (not from a box) with broccoli and chicken, with chocolate fudge cookies for dessert. Tuesday we had Stone Soup, and peach turnovers for dessert. Last night we had Rotini pasta with fresh, homemade Pesto, and S’More Nachos for dessert. I can’t remember what’s on the agenda for tonight, but I assure you it will be delicious.
I also promised Ella that if she read 4 chapter books this week I would take her to Sweet Frog (frozen yogurt) and she could get anything she wanted. So far she’s read 2 books and is half way through her 3rd. She’s a good reader and loves books that capture her attention. She especially loves the Magic Tree House series, but she’s quickly passing that reading level. I’ve tried to steer her toward other books, but she always comes back to the MTH.
That’s it on our end. Daddy has tomorrow off, so it will be a fun family day spending time together.