Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring Flinging & Breaking

     Spring has officially been flung as of Thursday night at Mia's kindergarten.  This is an annual fundraiser for Howell Graves Preschool with games, prizes, auctions, concessions, general craziness from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.  Think Fall Festival but Springy.  The kids had a blast running around the halls, winning all the games.  Jackson likes to go back and visit all of his teachers from when he went to school there.  He remarked on how small their school seemed now that he's in the big school for 3rd grade.  He, of course, headed straight to the cake walk, because as everyone knows, to get the best selection you have to be there at the beginning!  He actually won after a few rounds and picked out a Paula Deen chocolate pound cake since "anything with her picture on it has to be good".  Ok, so maybe we watch a little too much Food Network around here.
     Mia had fun running around talking to all of her friends.  She is Miss Social Butterfly at school and never meets a stranger.  She found a room that was putting on tattoos, so she quickly covered herself in hearts and peace signs.  Parker got wind of a room that had bowling, so he spent all of his time there.  He loves to play Wii sports, so he's got the form down and everything.  I had to work in the lunchroom for a while, so the next time I saw him he was shouting about how he won 4 gold medals.  If you know Parker, you know that his goal in life (at 3 years old) is to win.  It doesn't really matter what it is, he just wants to be first/win.  Even getting out of the car when we get home has become a race to see who makes it into the house first.

Jackson and Parker with Graham, our neighbor and carpool buddy

Pizza break!

Mia and Maudie

          We are a just a few more hours away from formally being on Spring Break.  A few days ago I looked at Jeremy and said, "Do you think we're really responsible enough to take 3 kids into Chicago by ourselves?"  Sometimes I still don't feel very much like an adult.  He just laughed at me.  I have been monitoring the weather situation in Chicago the past few weeks and it's looking very cold and rainy.  Our entire reason for going there for our break was to visit Jeremy's great grandmother, Helen.  She has never seen Everett so we thought it would be a good time to go, but she will be leaving the day before us for a vacation herself.  We are planning to stay with some other relatives for a night while we are there so we are grateful for that.  With Helen's absence and the nasty weather we have debated on scrapping the Chicago idea and just heading to the beach for the week.  Ahhh, the nice warm, sunny, carefree beach.  Sitting on a balcony with my feet up while the saltwater breeze blows past.  Eating fresh seafood while overlooking the crashing waves while the kids laugh and play.  That first step into the sand.  Sorry.  Daydreaming.  But for now, we are still booked in cold, rainy Illinois.  So, I am pushing my pessimism aside and making a pro list for our trip. 
It goes something like this:
1.  Seeing the kids faces when they see just how big the city really is 
2.  We get to visit family
3.  Museums, museums, museums!
4.  Chicago style pizza in Chicago
5.  The view from the skydeck
     I am praying that the forecast will improve over the next few days.  I really don't mind the cold, but the rain I can do without.  I am however thankful that our weekend here is supposed to be awesome.  Mid 80's and sunny the rest of the weekend!  Happy Spring Break everyone!

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