I’ve never needed a spring break like I’ve needed this one, well at least since my teaching years.

We desperately needed the ten days as a sister unit, with a few days off for N as well, bringing us some quality family time that has felt scarce in the time since our move.

I tried to find something fun/memorable for the girls and I to do everyday, and we made up for our pinched time at home by ordering takeout, eating out, or making very simple dinners (Costco rotisserie chicken and salad!)  The weather outdid itself and I am enthralled with spring here (in the past, it always felt as if it never got warm until about May, and there was always so much rain…)

Together we went to the zoo, the movies, a playground, Target to spend some money carefully stashed since Christmas, and had two play dates.  The end of the week brought lots of painting for our house: the kitchen cabinets, a large chalkboard for the dining room, the round table and chairs, and the kitchen open shelves.  Because our last house was project heavy, it feels as if we’ve been doing house projects for the last three years.  My creative mind is SPENT but I’m also eager to make this house feel like ours.  I keep reminding myself that if we press on, we will get to an end point someday, or at least the point where the projects are spread out enough that they are fun again.

We had briefly entertained the idea of going to the beach for a few days (because it is DRIVE-ABLE now!), but were ultimately glad we stayed home, both due to the relaxed time we needed together, the weather at home, and the way the city emptied out for this spring break, allowing us less traffic congestion and less waits at local hotspots.

There’s so much to do and see here, mostly because it is all NEW.  I feel little bit of excited anxiety wanting to consume it all now, but peace, too, knowing it will still be here for me as the girls enter into easier stages.

For now, thankful for rest and time when we have needed it most.  Good food, my family spending time together, a relaxed schedule, and that is as happy as I get.

-smk

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