And it’s blogging!
Had to take a writing break during Spring Break, y’all. I was busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest (or, conversely, busier than a one-armed paper-hanger). It was all of my own doing, though, and it was all fun stuff. As I have fondly pointed out several times to various people, it wasn’t simply having the kids around all day every day that wore me out. It was the punishing schedule o’ fun which I, myself, had devised.
We made one overnight trip and three day trips over the course of the ten days the kids were off school. The first weekend we all went up to Oklahoma City. Robert and the older kids went to the state high school basketball tournament at the fairgrounds while Eliza and I did some shopping. That evening we had dinner in Bricktown, followed by a carriage ride. We stayed the night at the downtown Sheraton. The next day we went to the OKC Zoo and then Robert left from there to go back to work and the kids and I headed home.
Day trip #1 was a visit to Norman where we saw both the Little River Zoo and the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History — well, part of it. We arrived late in the day, not long before closing time, so we really only had a chance to see the kids’ favorite exhibit (dinosaurs/prehistoric animals). Since we’re members, though, it wasn’t a big deal as it means we didn’t pay for tickets only to see 1/4 of the museum. Day trip #2 was the Orr Family Farm in Moore, followed by a road trip up to Pops Diner & Soda Ranch where we tried a number of different types of soda. (And also where Eliza spewed, Exorcist-style, all over herself and me. Fun!) Our third and final destination, on the last day of vacation, was Arbuckle Wilderness. We landed there on a perfect day to go — partly cloudy and cool enough that the animals were out in force, mugging unwary passersby for food pellets.
If all of that wasn’t enough we also did three theme days at home. These were days when our snacks, games, activities, videos and books all revolved around a particular theme. First up was Beach Day. I cleaned up and filled the sandbox and the kids had a seashell hunt in it. They wore their swim suits all day, ate cereal out of buckets and lots more. Next was Pirate Day, complete with a treasure hunt for a “real” treasure chest filled with booty (golden dollars, shiny beaded necklaces and gold- and silver-wrapped candies). Lastly there was China Day, for which Robert took the older kids (Eliza was home recovering from her sickness) to lunch at a Chinese restaurant, which they’d never tried before.
All in all I’d have to say that the theme days were more work! With the trips all I had to do was get everyone dressed, throw them in the car and drive to the location. The theme days required a lot of prep and setup and involvement (not to mention clean up!) from me. And we didn’t even get to do everything I had planned. I still have crafts and activities and an entire theme day (Space Day) which we didn’t have time to do. We did have a lot of fun so I will probably be doing more theme days over the summer; however, I’m going to go a lot easier on the schedule. I’m thinking maybe one a week would be manageable. I’d actually like to try to go even heavier on the saturation for the particular day and bring in some more educational elements. Another thing I’ll do is try to have a lot of prep done ahead of time. Our packed schedule didn’t really allow me to get anything ready beforehand so a lot of our day was wasted while I got things together.
At any rate, I think Spring Break was a resounding success. I wanted to look back on the week and not feel as though we’d wasted our vacation doing the same boring crap we do every other day, and I think I achieved that. It seemed like a nice, long holiday, too, rather than the days all blending together and seeming to zoom by. We didn’t go any further than 100 miles from home but I think the kids would agree it was a fun ten days and I now have a blueprint for future school vacations when we won’t be traveling.
In closing, please be sure to check out our pictures from the week. Just click the slideshow over on the left to be taken to the Picasa album.
And it’s blogging!