In T-minus 30 minutes, my kids will be off the buses and on Spring Break. We’re not heading out on vacation — heck, we’re not really even doing a staycation. Instead, we’ve got a lot of spring cleaning around the house, such as:
Sorting through the little kid books on the bookcase. I’m not sure why we still have cardboard books around here, since the youngest person in this house can read Harry Potter. But some books — like anything written by Dr. Seuss — I simply can’t part with. I think The Lorax is one of my favorite books of all time, and no, we haven’t seen the movie. Yet.
- Cleaning up/sorting out the kids’ rooms. We might need to watch an episode of Hoarders to get them really inspired (kidding — I can’t even watch that show without breaking out into hives. All. That. Stuff. shudder). I tend to be a throw-it-out-first-and-ask-if-we-need-it-later kind of gal, but I don’t think I always was. I remember keeping all kinds of things when I was little that seemed to be treasures, and when I had to muck out my room, I couldn’t fathom why I had kept them. I think kids have to be taught organization (at least mine do!) and how to make decisions on what stays and what goes. They hate it, but that’s what we’re going to do one day this week. Pray for us.
- Trying on the old summer clothes. Just as popular as the Great Clean-Out of the Rooms, it’s once again time to try on all the old summer clothes to see what fits, what gets passed down, and what gets donated. Then we make the Master List of all the clothes we’ll need to shop for. Shoes always make the list. Isn’t it crazy how quickly they grow out of shoes?
As a respite from the chores, it’s Camp Mom time. Not that I’m advocating scheduling every minute of every day for them: I’m a big believer that creativity can stem from boredom. However, being a pragmatist, I also know that too much boredom can lead to a more… destructive creativity that my house cannot survive. So since S was able to get a few days off work, we’re thinking:
- Taking in a movie. The Lorax or maybe that new Julia Roberts movie Mirror, Mirror. I might sneak along my sock for knitting too. If we don’t head out, we’ll set up a movie night downstairs complete with popcorn and homemade pizza or a hot dog bar (M’s idea — a make-your-own-Chicago-style-hot-dog buffet).
Heading to the Field Museum. We’ve got a family membership there that expires soon, and I’m not sure we’ve even seen the whole thing yet. Plus, they are opening up the vaults to put some of the mummies on display. Creepy but cool. Love. It.
- Dyeing some Easter Eggs. Have you seen Micha’s post about this? Spread out the newspapers, we’re going in!
- Baking some cut-out sugar cookies, inspired by Michelle’s blog (scroll through and see if you can stand the cuteness of those cookies).
- Picnicking and making s’mores in the backyard.
- And then there’s this:
That book fascinates my kids and my husband. Maybe too much.
There will be lots of downtime for daydreaming, riding bikes, playing basketball outside, reading, drawing, playing music or games… whatever strikes them. After all, it is a holiday.
Enjoy your weekend!