Yes, Mid Winter Break. I know I should be posting about Spring Break or Easter, but I found this half done post and am still attempting to play some sort of catch up with this blog!
The kids Midwinter break started Friday the 14th. What better way to kick off a week of no school than a day of partying at school?
Before bedtime, we opened up our Valentine's Day mailboxes and read the notes that we had written each other that week. It was low-key and perfect.
The second week of the Olympics was during mid winter break which couldn't have worked out more perfectly for our sports loving boy. Most nights after the little boys were put to bed, we let the big kids stay up and watch with us for a little while. Usually that meant Carson was watching and Abby was doing art at the table, but both of them were thrilled to get the privilege to stay up. I am not nearly as big of a fan of the Winter Olympics as I am the Summer, but it is still fun to watch. On Friday of that week, the kids and I spent the day planning and getting ready for our third family Olympics.
We had opening ceremonies, ski jump, cross country skiing (both done with video games), speed skating (timed sprints), hockey (our own made up floor hockey with plastic cups and a ball), and the biathlon (you had to run and then stop and try to shoot cards from the game Headbanz).
Abby after winning gold in the speed skating.
Sometimes family events seem to be equal parts fun and combating meltdowns and/or fighting and after many moments of almost going crazy with the planning stage with kids during the day, I was a little apprehensive about how the night was going to go. The kids really pulled it together though and we had a lot of fun. Carson said his favorite part of break was the family Olympics and I'd have to agree with him.
There are no pictures of E, because he was snoozing in his bed, but I'm sure he will be ready to compete in the R. family summer games 2016 (where he will be three! I can't even think of that...)
Daddy Daughter DanceOur city's Daddy/Daughter Dance has become a tradition for these two and I'm not sure who looks forward to it more.
Other highlights of break included some play dates, the big kids getting soaked in the rain, and Carson and I going on a little "date" one day when Mike worked from home. We put Elliot down for a nap, and went to our local grocery store where we dropped Mason and Abby off at the kids play place they have and Carson and I ate lunch, talked, and watched and learned about curling (which he was totally into!) It was an enjoyable week and went by way too fast.