our “perfect yet not so perfect” spring break
Spring Break is over and things are getting back to normal around here. I have been out of pocket for a few days, that normally happens over extended breaks. The blog and the business run around my family life and not visa versa. Last week was Spring Break, so I spent as much time as I could hanging out with my little ones. I am always trying to teach my kids lessons that I am still learning and yes, I know just how hypocritical that sounds. But, I guess it’s in hopes that by teaching the lesson, they will avoid some of the same mistakes that I have made in my own life. One of the things that I am always telling them is that they have to roll with the punches or that certain things are beyond their control and they are. But, it is a lesson that I struggled hard with and for a long time. My mom always tells me that God will keep teaching me to be patient and understanding until I am both. Spring Break was an exercise in just that.
Our trip to Florida for Spring Break was great!! But, I am not sure that you would have agreed taking it at face value. I have been back and forth to Florida three times in less than 30 days. Now, my sister lives there, but that has never happened before. As I am sure you remember me saying in my last post, we lost my sweet niece on the 15th. So, I went down when she was sick and was there when she passed. I went back for the service and then I returned for Spring Break and to physically lay eyes on my sister. Saying this to say there was a melancholy under tone to our trip, but we were determined to make some good memories, in spite of it.
The first night there we had date night. We left all the kids with the nanny, and we went out and enjoyed some grown up time. It was great to spend some time with my sister and her hubby that was just light and fun. The next day we took the kids to the Central Orlando zoo. Now, if you know me at all, you know that outdoors and heat are not my thing, but the kids had a ball. The highlight of the trip was to be our trip to the beach. After all nothing says Spring Break like the beach. On the day of the beach trip it was COLD… Yes, I said cold in Florida. But, we went anyway thinking that maybe the weather would warm up. When we arrived at the beach, the tides were so high that they actually closed the entrance to drive on to the beach. After circling around we we were able to get in, and when we got on the beach and out of the car the wind was so fierce and sand was blowing everywhere. So we had to vacate. Talk about three disappointed girls, yes I said 3 because I included myself. So pouts and all we packed back into the truck and headed to go get something to eat. The plan was that we would eat and stay in the area for a while in hopes for a change in the weather. But, the change never came so we ventured back to my sisters house. On the way back, we decided that since they were already dressed to get wet we would take them to the “Splash Park” not too far from where we were. By that time it was getting warmer, and though a little apprehensive at first, with each splash the beach became a distant memory and we once again in their good graces.
Since we paid for admission to the beach, hubby and I managed to escape back there later in the day, the kids stayed with my sissy and we got to have some one on one time. I will consider that her anniversary gift to me this year. Yesterday made 7 years since I married this man. And, still just a couple of hours alone with him ALWAYS refresh my soul. Even when I don’t feel like I need it. So Shout out to him today + this was the first year that he was able to take off the entire week to spend with us. Another Spring Break survived and enjoyed and now back to our regularly scheduled programming. (P.S. – I know there were no pictures of me. But, you know how that it is, I am always the one behind the camera. #mommylife)
What did you do to celebrate Spring Break this year? Feel like sharing, we would love to hear your story in the comment section below.
Check out Our Previous Spring Break Shenanigans Here.