Approaching this spring break, I was ready for many reasons. My students at school definitely needed a break, my kids at home needed a break, and I was coming off of being sick for awhile, exhausted and in need of a break myself. However, I was a little worried about how I would occupy the kids for an entire week without us killing each other and also, that would accommodate the difficulty it can be to take all three places alone. Aside from one day early in the week spent organizing drawers and closets, I managed to do one thing each day this week which resulted in a very good week. However, I sort of feel like now, I need a vacation from my vacation (or maybe just a slight break from the kids!).
Needless to say, we did have a fun week which started off with opening season at the boardwalk for the rides. The kids absolutely love the boardwalk and were pleasantly surprised we were able to go already. They had been waiting for Colin's birthday since that's when we told them it was going to be.
|Cody was not thrilled with the "everybody pose" idea at first.|
In fact, Cody was our "I'm going to cry because the ride is over" kid this year. He'd get over it really quick but was then ready for the next one as soon as he was done crying.
Monday was my cleaning and organizing day and I was pleasantly surprised that they were pretty good about finding things to do to occupy themselves. I think everyone needed the downtime since it really was the first day they were getting it too.
|Practicing their egg on spoon races.|
In fact that day, Cody took a nap that was double the normal length of time (3 hours instead of an hour and a half) so that was very helpful.
Tuesday I decided to try out the Monmouth Museum at one of the local colleges. I had heard so many good things about it since there were two separate children's wings but I was slightly concerned about the logistics in doing it alone. However, since it was such a nice day outside, it wasn't too crowded inside. The one room was geared towards 6 and under and the other room was geared towards 5/6 and above. The younger room was like a big playground which was great except all 3 would scatter and I would completely stress about where everyone is. It was a smallish and totally contained room but I do not like not knowing where everyone is at all times.
It turned out to be a lot of fun and the kids were really good and cooperative.
On Wednesday, we were headed after lunch to visit two friends of mine who had just had babies, but we needed to fill some time in the morning. We decided to take a walk to see the boats on the river down the street from us.
In the one area, there is a boardwalk type path that takes you out onto a deck on the river itself but then they wanted to throw rocks in the water in a different area. However, that section didn't contain them and it just made me too nervous because Cody has no understanding of boundaries right now. I feared I would be in the river fishing him out before I knew it.
It was a great start to the week!