We had wacky weather the other day... pouring rain that turned into pelting hail!
And produced this:
This happened right as we arrived at school... without raincoats and only one umbrella for 5 of us! And
the umbrella broke!
It was hilarious! The kids were super troopers about it all... nary a whine nor a complaint... lots of giggles and smiles :)
LOVE it when that happens
... not the broken umbrella part; the kids having fun part ;-)
Right now my kids are On Break. It is a 10-day long Break. Must be nice...
I have written before about this school's penchant for days off. This particular doozy is that whole "Ski Week" thing that encompasses the President's Day (or is it Presidents' Day... it is about two presidents, right?). Oh, and while I am on the topic of President's Day... what the heck!!!??? Remember how I mentioned that I was going grocery shopping with all 4 kids in tow? So we get all in the car (not easy) and they are all fighting and screaming before the car doors are even closed... actually before I even get into the car myself... I debate whether or not this is such a good idea. But Monday is Grocery Day and we are down to a "cocktail onions and mustard" sort of situation... hmmm... what can I make with ketchup, unsalted butter, cornstarch and bacon? We had to go.
It was closed.
Yes, you read that correctly. A humongous, big-deal-not-mom-n-pop, Whole Foods-ish grocery store was CLOSED for President's Day! I laughed so hard. The kids were concerned. Is mom off her rocker? So we headed to Trader Joe's and picked up what we could.
They were perfectly behaved.
I think the insane-lady laughter may have had something to do with that ;-)
Here's Q-Man, all bummed out on the swings:
Baby X climbed to the top of the highest thing,
setting off a toddler climbing frenzy as they all tried to imitate her... much to their caretakers' collective dismay:
And Miss C was happy to just hang :)
Big G was not there... he was home SICK. Of course, it is vacation... someone has to be sick.
What would you do with four kids who were on a 10-day Break? And leaving town is not an option.
– we were going to do fun stuff like go to the Children's Museum, the local Little Farm and see the baby pigs, the zoo... but rain and sickness just don't really work with outings. Today we made pudding and went to the park. Tomorrow we are going to make teeny tiny cupcakes and who knows what else.
Did you have lots of holidays when you were a kid?
– we had some that other kids didn't get... Malcolm X's birthday, International Women's Day, MLK's birthday before it was nationwide... but that's because it was Berkeley ;-) And I remember having Lincoln's AND Washington's Birthdays creating consecutive 3-day weekends. I liked that. But I'm telling you, my kids' school has WAY more days off than I ever had.