This was our week on spring break from school. I wasn’t quite sure how the week was going to play out. I didn’t know if the kids would rack up 450 hours on their electronics or if we would have friends, that were also staying home for spring break, to play with. It actually ended up that some of our best friends were staying in town and we had activities planned for every day!
We had a great time bowling, swimming, going to the movies, and exploring KC, but I think I am ready to have a few hours to myself.
This mom needs a day of peace and quiet!
Here are a few moments that made me grateful during this past week of spring break:
When the kids come home from school with backpacks FULL of papers, well, most of it ends up in the recycling bin. Does that make me a bad mom? No!
We can’t possibly be saving every little art project and perfect math test that comes home. My house would literally be made of paper!
Instead, I pick and choose artwork, writing pieces, or tests that really stand out. Those get taped to the door that goes to our garage, so we can be awed by them every time we walk out the door.
This week I found an art project in the mess of papers in Kyle’s backpack. It was the sweetest picture of him and John and at the top he had written “My Dad” in shakey letters.
Holy moly isn’t that the sweetest thing ever! ♥
This drawing from Kyles backpack put a huge smile on my face this week!
This week a group of Mom’s and I took our kids to see A Wrinkle in Time. After the movies I decided to let my kids have multiple friends over to play. It was nice outside and I thought they could run around and play for a couple hours.
When I arrived home I received a text from a few Moms that said “we’re on our way and we’re bringing wine and dinner”… OK, I’ll never turn down wine and dinner with friends!
So 30 minutes later my friends showed up with 2 bottles of wine and two bags full of groceries. For the next hour we cooked, laughed, and drank. We ended up with an amazing dinner and great conversation.
I loved this night! Our kids ran around like animals while we enjoyed our dinner and drinks amongst the crazy. These are the kind of Mom moments that I love!
I am so grateful that I have the kind of friends that will show up at your door for an impromptu dinner and fun drinks.
Getting Ready for the Day
Last week, in my Friday Gratitude, I shared an Instagram post that had inspired me to change how I get ready for the day. Instead of throwing on a stretchy pants, tennis shoes, and a high bun, I actually took time to get ready. I did this all week.
I have to say that I loved it. I actually loved having a little makeup on and looking like a member of society. I sat up a little straighter and spoke a little louder, and I think it made me more productive!
(However, taking the time to get ready has made us late for just about everything this week.)
I was so grateful that I stayed true to my inspiration to get myself ready for the day….. every day. It felt good.
Getting Out of the Bubble
Living in the suburbs of Kansas City we have a tendency to stay put in our little suburbian bubble.
Every time we get a chance to leave the 5 mile radius of our bubble we realize what an amazing city we live in and swear we’ll make more of an effort to leave the bubble. But somehow we end up being sucked back into the comfort of the restaurant down the street and the market on the corner.
During this spring break a few moms and I decided to take the kids into the city to go to Union Station and Science City. Union Station and Science City are always fun for the kids. They can run around and not realize they are learning while they are playing.
After Science City we took the kids to a restaurant that I had not been to called Char Bar. It is a great BBQ restaurant that has a huge outdoor area with croquet, ping pong, corn hole, and bocce. The kids could run around in the sun while the moms had time to talk (and watch the KU game!!!). It was a great afternoon out of the bubble.
I was so grateful to leave the familiarity of my neighborhood for an afternoon and discover some new parts of KC.