The last few years I’ve found myself counting down the days until Spring Break. This year it snuck up on me, like most of the rest of the past few months. Time is booking it and I’m working on not just keeping up, but savoring things as they fly by. We have a bonus day off on Monday and then we are back to normal. The next thing we count down to is the end of school and six weeks suddenly doesn’t seem like a long time at all.
The big kids got to go to the Temple with our ward, we did a bee inspection (did another one today and things are looking great. We are adding our second colony on Thursday…I’m excited to have two hives going!), and then got ready for a short trip to Ohio.
The last time we visited Grandma and Grandpa in Ohio was February 2020…right before the world paused for a pandemic. It was so nice to reconnect with my in-laws and traveling with my kids just gets easier and easier. After our marathon cross country road trip in November, a single 10 hour day was a cake walk.
About 15 minutes before we arrived Layna realized she had a loose tooth and promptly pulled it out. Oi. Normally that’s not really an issue, but we have known for a while that Layna is missing quite a few permanent teeth. She needs to see an orthodontist because braces are definitely in her future. Luckily, however, the tooth fairy is a pro at finding teeth and the kids who lost them.
The usual activities were thoroughly enjoyed by all: Grandpa’s comic book collection, puzzles, ping pong, outside when the weather was nice, and a visit to the new library. Cribbage, other card games, and sidewalk chalk rounded out some more of our time.
Grandma and Grandpa had an awesome idea for a treat to make…chocolate dipped Oreos. First, they are super fun to make and very tasty (even if white chocolate is way too sweet for me). Second, when one is embarking on a crafting project with opinionated crafters the finished product is usually different than what one expects. The picture that inspired the idea were three Oreos made to look like a spring chick. We ended up with a unicorn, a turtle, a drawn on happy face, a cheesecake, a Oreo dipped Oreo, a panda, a bunny, and one token chick. My inner
control freak planner has struggled with this in the past, but my children are helping me become a better human being. They let me be a freak with some things (I’m looking at you jean pockets sticking out! And you too, eye goobers!) and with other things I practice letting go. Winning is had by all.
Today we did an Easter egg hunt and went paint balling. You know, because Spring Break hadn’t been awesome enough. Those events are getting their own posts in the very near future. Stay tuned!