This is the first time in a few years that we haven't lost most of our Spring Break to snow days so I was super excited for Tuesday to be the last day the kids had school for a week.
We had no set plans but managed to have some fun. Our first day we went for a 10 mile bike ride that involved lunch in the middle. Never underestimate the power of food to give your kids incentive and energy!
After the bike ride the kids got to take an impromptu trip to the zoo with their friend. Since they weren't there until later afternoon they each got to pick their must see exhibit and I learned that Catherine's favorite animal is the giraffe and Ella's is the polar bear. They were delivered to back to me at the church around 6:30 and Ella got out of the car in tears begging to go home. Seeing as how we had first left the house for our bike ride at 11am I knew she was exhausted. I promised her would eat dinner quickly and head home. One meatball sub later and she was back to bouncing off the walls, wrestling and doing wheelbarrow races with her friends. Seriously - the power of food...amazing!!!
Today Ella was ice skating with her girls group (parent lead alternative to girl scouts) and Catherine got to play with some friends. Ella needed the bar because this was basically her first time skating and after a lap or two I encouraged her to go with one of the parents and try without the bar. I am excited to say that she can now ice skate! It was so cool to watch her improve the way she did over a small period of time.
(No, I did not ice skate. I don't own skates and I have vivid memories of how sore my ankles were after using the rentals. I came close but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I was just moral support on the sidelines!)
I am a big fan of Pinterest and I love finding a simple fun activity that involves stuff I already have.
We took pans of baking soda, cups of vinegar tinted different colors and medicine droppers outside and played for 45 minutes making fizzy foamy mixtures.
Tomorrow we have an egg hunt and lunch with friends and we'll finish the day off with a wonderful Good Friday gathering. I am looking forward to taking the girls through the various stations on the journey to the cross that are set up around the church. Tonight we were helping with a few final touches and the girls each wrote on a paper palm leaf words of thanksgiving to Jesus at the Triumphal Entry station. Ella didn't show me hers but I had to help Catherine so I got to see hers - she wrote "I like how you rose on Easter. Thank You. (smiley face) Catherine" Made my heart melt!!
Hope you are enjoying your week - so wonderful to have extra time with my girls during this Holy week - I know we are all so mindful of their little hearts as they soak in the events leading up to Easter. What a blessing it is to have your children truly understand how special Easter is!