Camp Mom — Spring Break edition

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:

  • What books are even in there?

    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:

  1. 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).
  2. Chicago’s Field Museum

    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.

  3. Dyeing some Easter Eggs.  Have you seen Micha’s post about this?  Spread out the newspapers, we’re going in!
  4. Baking some cut-out sugar cookies, inspired by Michelle’s blog (scroll through and see if you can stand the cuteness of those cookies).

    Bring on the sugar!

  5. Picnicking and making s’mores in the backyard.
  6. And then there’s this:

    Be afraid.

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!


About thethingaboutjoan

Mom of three who knits a little, bakes a lot, crafts a bit and blogs about it all.
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12 Responses to Camp Mom — Spring Break edition

  1. Sounds like a busy break! I want to go through the kid’s books as well, but my wife who is as far as possibly not a hoarded, seems to be connected to their books.

    • It’s funny how much attachment we can have to some of our kids’ stuff, isn’t it? Some of my friends can’t bear to part with their kids’ outgrown clothes, others can’t handle giving away the cute little toys. As for the books, I’m selectively attached. I can’t wait to get rid of the books that are unreadable for the crayon scribbles or the ones that were half-eaten by teething kids, but the Dr. Seuss books? Hands off!

  2. CookieCutterBlog says:

    I’ve got to show my husband “Totally Irresponsible Science”! That sounds right up his alley and he’ll no doubt get cracking on those experiments just as soon as Quinn is old enough to focus for more than 30 seconds. Also, thanks for the shout-out! Made my day 🙂 Happy Spring Cleaning, Happy Spring Break, and Happy Cookie Making! That carrot cutter is too cute!

    • Thanks, Michelle! I can’t tell you how hungry your blog makes me with all those adorable cookies! I found that book at a school book fair, and what a riot it’s been! Now that my kids are older (one in middle school, twins in 2nd grade), they plot amongst themselves which experiment they’re going to try next.

  3. Micha says:

    Thanks for the link back! I had to laugh when you said you might show an episode of Hoarders to the kids. I think about showing one to my daughter who is a pack rat and must save every little thing! Luckily she forgets about them after a month and I quietly dispose of them.

  4. Lis says:

    I love the way you have everything so planned out:). I was just looking at the land of Little People this morning, and shaking my head. They need to move out but there’s a tiny part of me that wants to pack them and save them , along with Rescue Heroes, and Little Ponies. Yilkes! I need a little Joan in me.

    • Although the Village of the Little People didn’t make the cut, S and I won’t get rid of any of the Thomas the Tank Engine stuff. Or Legos. Or Lincoln Logs. It’s funny what we’ll keep and what we won’t, isn’t it? I’m sure it looks arbitrary to the kids.

  5. Reblogged this on Organized Design Stage and commented:
    Ah we are so on the same page;)! Luv it!!!

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