Spring Break Recap

We’re back to our regular routine of school and extracurriculars after a wonderful week off! I tried to keep a happy balance of relaxing and activities, and I think I was fairly successful as Isla is a little reluctant to go back to school today, lol.

Here’s a quick recap of what we got up to during the break!

Monday

The Chapters bookstore was hosting free crafting events all Spring Break, so the girls and I met up with some friends for some art time. They made keychains out of felt and had fun browsing the bookstore until meltdowns started happening because they couldn’t buy things. *eye roll* We got out of there and all came back up to our place for lunch and playtime before our friends had to leave.

Tuesday

We spent more of the morning indoors as I was trying to get a bunch of homework done. (NOT easy with two kids lurking about, but I managed.) It was extremely hard to resist the beautiful weather outside, so after lunch we took Sam for a walk to the playground.

Wednesday

The morning and afternoon were filled with more homework for moi (ugh), but we did have a lovely lunch with a family member at Lemongrass. If you’re looking for some seriously delicious phở on the South Shore, I highly recommend Lemongrass! I had the chicken phở and salad rolls, Isla had the gyoza, Norah had the spring rolls, and our uncle had the Wor Wonton soup. None of it disappointed!

Thursday

More homework for me (surprise surprise), but I managed to get it all done so my mom and I could take the girls to a movie in the afternoon! We went and saw Wonder Park, and while the kids loved it, I thought it was just okay. Definitely didn’t live up to what the trailer made it out to be, but I did find myself chuckling a couple of times.

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Friday

We didn’t get up to a whole lot, but since it was yet another beautiful day we took advantage and spent most of our time on the back deck just absorbing the sunlight! We did do a big shop at Costco in the morning, and then in the afternoon Kyle’s dad came in for the night. We also took the girls to the Bulk Barn for a treat as Isla had an awesome report card (insert humble brag here), so that was pretty exciting too!

That’s about all we really got up to, and I’m glad we were able to enjoy the sunshine because this week the forecast is calling for quite a few clouds and rain. I suppose I’ll take that over snow though! Like I said, this week we’re back to our regular routine and then this weekend I have a trail race on Sunday. I’m mentally preparing myself for a lot of mud, but fingers crossed it’s not too bad! Also, ticks … they give me the heebie jeebies and I’m really hoping one doesn’t decide to hitch a ride on me during the race.

 

 

Weekend Update (Spring Break Edition)

It’s back to reality today as Spring Break is over and real life resumes … at least for the next four days as the Easter long weekend starts on Friday.

We had a wonderful week off and while we didn’t tackle everything on the Spring Break list, we still had a great balance of lazy days and fun activities! Here’s what we ended up getting up to during our break:

{Monday}
The girls and I headed out to visit some friends at their farm out of town for the day! It had been far too long since we had seen them last, so everyone was super excited to get together. Isla and Norah had a blast being “farm kids” for the day, feeding cows, petting quail, and collecting chicken eggs. They were both thoroughly exhausted when we got home, so I call that a good visit!

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{Tuesday}
Isla has not one, but two birthday parties to attend this week, so we went out to choose some birthday presents for the guests of honour! After that we went to the Dollar Store and the girls picked out a couple of “treats” for themselves; Isla got a couple of crafty items to keep her busy for a couple of hours, and both her and Norah got Shopkins toys. It was just enough to keep them busy while I worked on finishing up some homework that was due, so I call it a win!

{Wednesday}
We had a bunch of errands to run downtown and then we met up with my mom and her coworker for lunch. The rest of a day was fairly lazy: We watched copious amounts of Netflix and cartoons and rested as we were also all battled colds.

{Thursday}
I decided to make it a lazy morning and we popped popcorn, cozied up on the couch, and watched the movie Ferdinand. It was a really cute movie and I think the girls watched it three more times before our rental expired! After Norah’s nap in the afternoon we went out and ran a few quick errands in a friggin’ monsoon, and then we resumed living the lazy life at home.

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{Friday}
This was probably the busiest day of the week! I had an exam to write first thing in the morning and a job interview in the afternoon, so the girls both hung out at Kyle’s mom’s for the day!

My exam went fairly well and I felt pretty good leaving it. I had a little bit of time between that and my interview, so I enjoyed a little bit of quiet time at home by myself before getting ready for my job interview…

Full disclosure: I applied on a bit of a whim for this job and didn’t really expect to get a call, but low-and-behold, I did! I’m not sure how things will pan out, but I’ll put it down for experience since it’s been a loooooong time since I’ve ever interviewed for a position. (The last interview I had was for an internal position at the paper, so that was a solid 6ish years ago.)

Anyway, after the interview I picked the girls up and we ordered Chinese food for dinner. Kyle also brought me home a Blizzard as I was fully willing and wanting to eat my feelings that night.

{Saturday/Sunday}
Saturday was Kyle’s only day off, so Isla got to hang out with him for a bit and go for a “noisy truck ride” while he ran some errands in the morning. Norah and I hung out at home and she was being especially miserable. I ended up putting her down for a nap just after 11 and she slept for a loooooong time! Clearly she needed it. Kyle’s aunt and uncle came over for a visit in the afternoon, and we also had friends staying the night as they were in town for a wedding. Also, another one of Kyle’s friends came over to play some SNES Classic, so we ended up having a pretty good visit!

Sunday I had to go pick up a patio set Kyle found on Kijiji, so I picked up his uncle as he was the “hired muscle” and dropped the girls off at my mom’s. It turned out to be a great set for an awesome price, and we’re happy to finally have some furniture on our deck! (Now if only the weather would stay warm …)

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After we got everything unloaded I went back down to my mom’s for some lunch, then the girls and I came home. Norah fell asleep on the way home, so Isla and I hung out in my bed and watched Netflix until it was time to get dinner in the oven.

That’s about it! Now it’s back to the grind and a busy few weeks as Isla heads back to school and dance, and starts swimming lessons for the next 5 weeks. No rest for the wicked, that’s for sure!

How is/was your Spring Break? Do you get one or two weeks off?

Spring Break Goals

While there may still be s buttload of snow kicking around, the first day of spring is technically tomorrow (March 20) and Spring Break starts today!

Our school district decided (thankfully!) to switch back to Spring Break being only one week instead of two; why on earth they thought parents would be okay with two weeks off is beyond me, but that’s neither here nor there for me. I’m lucky enough to not be working while Isla’s off school, but that doesn’t mean I plan on sitting around at home and letting her watch TV and play on the iPad until she’s a vegetable.

I’ve put together a list of things I’d love to be able to accomplish with the girls while we have the week off together:

  1. Go out for breakfast. I’m thinking I’ll be “mean” just one morning and make Isla wake up as if she’s going to school, only to take her and Norah out for breakfast. While dining out with two kids is probably going to be a regrettable life choice for me, it will be a nice treat!
  2. Unplug & Play. Chapters-Indigo is hosting fun, free events all throughout Spring Break, so I may take the girls down to our local store to partake in one of them. I’m thinking the Unplug & Play one featuring Play-Doh will be great for both girls, and then maybe after that’s done I’ll let them pick out a new book to buy.
  3. Play dates. Isla has been BEGGING me to set up playdates with various friends from school and dance, so if I don’t follow through I’ll never hear the end of it.
  4. Dollar Store adventures. Is there anything better than Dollar Store crafts? I think not! There’s tons of options for the girls to choose from and can easily occupy them for an afternoon. And? THEY’RE A DOLLAR. I mean, come on!
  5. Movies. We’ve been watching the same movies on repeat for a while now, so I’m thinking I may treat the girls to a movie they’ve never seen and we’ll cozy up on the couch with some popcorn one afternoon.
  6. Jump 360. This is probably the best place ever to take the girls to burn off energy for a couple of hours. They have a couple chunks of time set aside for just kids 5 and under so I don’t have to worry about them getting hurt by some older kid not paying attention.
  7. CookingFor whatever reason, Isla has taken an interest in making dinner. I let her help a couple weekends ago and she was pretty dang proud of herself, so I thought I’d maybe let her help plan dinner for a couple of her days off.

I have no idea how much of that we’ll actually accomplish, or what else we may get up to during the week, but I’m looking forward to Isla being able to recharge a little bit before getting back to a busy schedule next week.

What are your plans for Spring Break?