This week was the boys spring break and Easter. Though as a stay-at-home mom, weekends and breaks tend to be more work for me than when school is in session. While I worked outside the home, it was “Thank God it’s Friday.” Now it’s rather “Thank God it’s Monday.” I like having my weekday routines. Though I wouldn’t want to be without the special times and the holidays – after all they’re what makes one appreciate those ordinary Mondays!
Spring break has been an amazingly fun and successful week with glorious weather and fabulous company! We’ve been very busy, and I figured I’d take some time and summarize it.
Monday: Chuck went to work. All three kids and I spent the morning at the Preston park playing and picnicking with my MOMS Club. We came home and had quesadillas for lunch. Chuck came home early and took the boys to get six new baby chicks for our chicken coop. (I had resisted agreeing to more chickens for a long time, but then I decided that I reeeeally wanted a new living room area rug, so I made a deal with Chuck and let him have chicks if I could get a new rug. It was an easy sell and I’m crazy excited about picking out a new rug that will go much better with our newish furniture.) For dinner, I made a new favorite meal, halloumi stroganoff, and later in the evening we watched a movie (“Coraline.”) Perfect start to our week!
Tuesday: Chuck and Izzy had some special daddy/daughter time while I took my dear stepsons to lunch at Chilis and to the archery range Halls Arrow in Manchester. We all had a blast and shooting those arrows is addictingly fun – but tiring. Amazingly enough I still had energy for my Tuesday night Zumba class!
Wednesday: Chuck went and picked up grandma Mary at the airport while the boys and I cleaned the house and Izzy made new messes. After grandma and daddy arrived, we hung out and later made grandma’s delicious almond stir fry and quinoa!
Thursday: I started the day with a MOMS Club board meeting. On the way home I stopped at Target and couldn’t resist a pair of bunny ears for Izzy to wear at Easter. After lunch at home, grandma Mary and I did our grocery shopping. We had grilled marinated salmon, brown rice and green beans that night. Yum!
Friday: The whole family spent the morning at the Mystic aquarium, and I think everyone had the best time! We are lucky to be so close to such a cool place to visit. We had lunch out at an Asian fusion restaurant in the Olde Mistick Village, Pink Basil. Definitely a recommend! We came home and rested, and spent some time outside in the sun. Then it was time to make dinner again – good thing Mary and I love to cook together! We made another favorite – butternut squash/kale/lentil Indian curry, served with rice, Naan bread, and Greek yogurt. DELICIOUS! We even have enough leftovers for tonight (Sunday)!
Saturday: In the morning, we went to the annual Easter picnic and egg hunt with my awesome MOMS Club. Lots of yummy food and fun searching for treatfilled eggs (though Isabella is a little on the young side to really get it.) We came home to yet another delicious meal, an Italian vegetarian soup cooking in the crockpot that Mary had started in the morning. After dinner, we hard boiled and dyed some eggs in preparation for our Easter Sunday brunch the next morning.
Sunday (today): We invited Chuck’s uncle and aunt and set up a pretty great Easter brunch, if I may say so myself: hard boiled eggs, five kinds of sweet bread, yogurt, fresh fruit, granola and brownies. Our guests just left before I started writing this, and as I wrap up the blog post I can see that it’s really no wonder that I feel tired. But it’s a good tired. It’s been a fun, fun, fun week. Tomorrow life goes back to normal, and that’s okay too.
Happy spring everyone!