Spring Break?? Huh. I'm not really sure about the "break" part, as I definitely worked harder last week, during my vacation, than I do when I'm working! But what a great week! I have reflected all day today about what an amazing week I had with my kids. I spent a lot of time trying to plan in advance some activity to do each day with the kids. So here is how our week played out once I picked them up from their Dad's Monday at 1:00:
First up, the Aquarium:
The kids just loved the sharks. I think they were the favorite, of course Molly and Zach LOVE the movie, "Jaws", so no real surprise there! The albino alligator was a pretty big hit too, as well as the touch tank.
Then we went for some ice cream. Zach and Bethanie chose Bubble Gum Ice Cream, with real bits of bubble gum. Ick. But, I believe it was, at one time, my favorite, too. What a perfect end to our first day of vacation!
Next up, Papa's visit:
My Dad came down to hang out and see us. It was a big treat since we hadn't seen him since Molly's birthday in January. We took the kids to McDonald's for a quick lunch and play time (and of course, more ice cream).
On Thursday we decided to take it a little easier and we stayed home. But, we played in the yard in a little kiddie pool and yard toys. The kids stayed in the yard almost all day! Then the girls and I indulged in a little pampering with some manicures and pedicures.
Friday was our trip to Magnolia Plantation. We were a little worried because as soon as we got out of the van it thundered so loudly that we jumped back in the van! We decided to go get some lunch at Moe's and wait for the storm to pass. By the time we got back out to the plantation the rain had stopped, momentarily. We were able to enjoy the petting zoo between showers. The kids were even able to hold a little bunny rabbit, a big hit! The petting zoo at Magnolia has deer, chickens, rabbits, peacocks, snakes, owls, ducks, you name it! Then we loaded on the "train" and took our tour of the magnificent plantation. The kids were thrilled we were able to secure front seats, until it started raining! We got soaked! But we just laughed in the rain and relished in it. We stopped at the house on the plantation to visit with Nana (she is a guide in the house) and one more trip to the petting zoo before leaving. It was so much fun!
Today I took Molly and Zach to daycare and as I prepared to drop Molly off she hugged me tightly and her eyes filled with tears. She didn't fuss or make a scene, but I realized she was displaying how I felt inside, so sad to see our week come to an end. It was an amazing week. I was so fortunate to spend so much time with my kids. They are all four amazing children and my heart just swells with love as I reflect on all we shared. The hugs, cuddle times, laughs and stories. I am so proud to be their Mom and I cherish every moment with them.